Duke basketball tends to land players in bunches, and Mike Krzyzewski and his staff haven’t deviated from that theme this summer.
The nation’s No. 4 overall rated player in the class of 2018 announced his decision today via The Players' Tribune, choosing the Blue Devils over a host of other blue-blood programs.
Reddish was considered a Duke lean for the majority of his recruitment, and his affinity for the program never seemed to take a hit.
Others certainly made a push in his recruitment, though none were able to overtake Krzyzewski and Duke in the top spot.
“The Duke lean narrative has been strong with Reddish for quite some time,” Devils Illustrated recruiting analyst Clint Jackson said. “I think Kentucky and Villanova were the two schools that were the secondary contenders, from our read, but Duke never really lost their momentum from what I can gather.”
The early commitment from Tre Jones also played a role in strengthening Duke’s position with Reddish.
Jones’ rise to elite status at the point guard position made it even easier to see himself flourishing in the Blue Devils system.
“No doubt that locking up Tre Jones helped close this deal for Duke,” Jackson noted. “He is certainly another guy who will be on the one-and-done plan as a featured versatile wing. It wouldn't surprise me to see him play on the wings as a scorer or as a point forward at times who can run the offense, too.”
The combination of Jones and Reddish featuring the ability to run the offense and bring the ball up the floor creates a lot of opportunities for the Duke offense. The Blue Devils have traditionally made it a point of emphasis to sign a big wing with guard capabilities.
Reddish fits the bill.
Jackson has compared Reddish’s skill-set to the likes of Grant Hill and Jayson Tatum, and that mix, surrounded by quality guards makes for a dangerous weapon.
“Duke gets another skilled and versatile forward with guard skills in Reddish,” Jackson said. “He's a long-armed, rangy 6-foot-8 guy who can play a few positions and exploit match-ups. He handles the ball confidently and passes it as well as he scores it. A fairly good shooter with range who can pop it from a catch and shoot perspective as well as off the dribble.”
In addition to Kentucky and Villanova, UCLA, Arizona, Maryland, UConn and Miami all heavily pursued the 6-foot-7 wing from Westtown School in Pennsylvania.