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On Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Reddish will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury. Charania noted the injury lingered throughout his one season at Duke, but he is expected to be healthy six weeks after the procedure.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman projected Reddish as the No. 5 overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his latest mock draft, and this setback shouldn’t do much to harm his draft status if he recovers in six weeks.
Reddish projects as a three-and-D forward who can stretch his offensive game to the perimeter and use his combination of length, athleticism and versatility at 6’8″ to defend multiple positions.
Despite the skill set, Reddish did not live up to expectations during his lone collegiate season.
He averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game with the Blue Devils while shooting a mere 33.3 percent from three-point range and 35.6 percent from the field. The shooting numbers were particularly worrisome since he was playing alongside Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett and saw a number of open looks because defenders were so preoccupied with the other options.
Ideally, this operation will alleviate some of those woes, as the core is essential to a shooter’s mechanics. If he is fully healthy, his percentages figure to improve.