Duke basketball freshmen who would have benefitted from second year

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player. 434. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. PPG: 13.5, RPG: 3.7, AST: 1.9, FG: 35.6%. Cam Reddish. 5. 2018-19

It’s a tough start to put a Top-10 pick on a list in which players could have benefitted more from a second season in college, rather than joining a young, star-studded Atlanta Hawks team, but Cam Reddish fits the mold.

While the current Hawk started to find his groove in the NBA before the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a major learning curve for the 6-foot-8 guard.

Cam Reddish entered Duke with high expectations, and as a high school star who was always the focal point of the team, Reddish slid down to the third option on offense behind Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.

If Reddish returned to Duke for his sophomore season, he certainly would be a bonafide Top-5 pick in this year’s draft, and he would’ve had the chance to be the top option on the 2019-20 Blue Devils to truly showcase his skills.

The return of Reddish probably would have meant Dude would not have landed Cassius Stanley, and in reality the Norristown, Pennsylvania made the right decision after his freshman season as he would not have been able to chase a National Championship.