On Bulls' Radar, Reddish Wants Chance To Prove More

Cam Reddish took a back seat to a pair of star teammates at Duke.

Cody Westerlund
May 16, 2019 - 5:21 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) – Cast out of the spotlight at Duke as a freshman wing who took a backseat to a pair of star teammates, Cam Reddish wanted to make this much clear as his weeklong job interview continued Thursday.

His easygoing nature off the floor shouldn’t be misconstrued as reasoning for anything that took place on it.

“I’m kind of reserved – just my personality is kind of reserved,” Reddish said at the NBA Draft Combine at the Quest Multisport Complex. “People might take that as lazy or too laid-back, but that’s just not who I am. I’m just naturally kind of reserved.”

Reddish’s point was this: The passivity often on display in his lone college season that some talent evaluators view as a red flag shouldn’t be a concern. In his mind, he was simply doing what was best for the team, which was allowing forward Zion Williamson and wing R.J. Barrett to shine and lead the way offensively.

Because of that development, there’s much more to Reddish than what most have seen, according to Reddish.

“I’ve been doing a ton of workouts and just trying to get back to who I really think I can be, who I am,” Reddish said. “I feel like I’m going to show that, and I definitely should move up (draft boards).”

Reddish, 19, has received feedback that he’s projected to go anywhere from third to 10th in the NBA Draft, which takes place June 20. The Bulls own the No. 7 pick, and Reddish is on their radar. They already met with him in Chicago this week. He has also already met with the Knicks (No. 3 pick) and Lakers (No. 4) and Hawks (No. 8), and the Cavaliers (No. 5) are also believed to be interested.

Reddish was rated as the No. 3 recruit in the 2018 high school class and expressed no outward regret Thursday about choosing a situation at Duke in which he’d have to share the spotlight instead of owning it. He averaged 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting an ugly 35.6 percent overall and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers in 2018-‘19. Scouts believe far more potential lies in Reddish’s shooting stroke, but he played a tertiary role offensively, attempting 12.0 shots per game.

It was a role he accepted but not one that he believes defines him.

“I feel like I can do everything,” Reddish said. “I feel like I was more of a shooter this year (at Duke). I don’t really want to think of myself as a shooter. So I feel like if I just go out there and play my game, I can do a variety of things.”

Reddish measured 6-foot-8 with shoes on and weighed in just shy of 208 pounds at the combine. He projects to fill either wing spot for a team at the NBA level. Reddish acknowledged that “work on my body” is a priority and that displaying consistency is crucial after his uneven season at Duke.

Beyond that, what Reddish really wants is simply a chance to showcase his entire game in an NBA environment.

“I can do it all,” Reddish said. “I feel like I’m capable of doing everything on both sides of the floor. And I feel I’m ready to show that.”

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.