A 6’7 JUCO transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Bobby Reddish found a two-year home at VCU from 1989-1991. The Alexandria, Virginia native started several games during that span under then-head coach Sonny Smith, then finished his career the season VCU welcomed the Rams’ highest rated recruit in the history of the program: 1990 McDonald’s All-American, Kendrick Warren.
With any luck, in two years VCU would welcome Reddish’s son Cameron to Broad St., which in an odd coincidence would likely give the Ram’s their first McDonald’s All-American since Bobby played alongside Warren during that 1990-91 season.
Like his father, Cameron Reddish is a 6’7 baller (Cameron wears No.22, half of his father’s old No.44 at VCU), but unlike Bobby, junior college won’t be the younger Reddish’s future.
Cameron currently ranks seventh nationally in the 2018 class by ESPN and will likely have his choice of where he’d like to play college ball, holding an offer from VCU from this past January and collecting more daily including the likes of Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, UConn and reigning national champ, Villanova.
Reddish will continue to stack offers throughout this year’s (and next year’s) AAU action, having recently played with Philadelphia-based Team Final in this Spring’s Nike EYBL, a recruiting extravaganza full of the nation’s top talent.
A rising junior, Reddish led Team Final in their first game of the event, dumping 21 points to go with a Briante Weber-like seven-steal, four-assist line. Hours later he had a 14-point, four-assist, two-steal winning performance. He opened the next day with 10 points, five assists and three steals to finish the three-day event with a 15-point, 4.3-assist, 4-steal average in the event.
The five-star guard/forward will continue to be one of the most highly sought recruits in the 2018 class (meaning two more years of high school ball), making him perhaps a longshot to land at VCU but certainly a more likely option after an increased VCU recruiting profile that has landed numerous top-100 recruits following VCU’s Final 4 run.
The last top-100 VCU legacy to commit to a D1 hoops program, Jeremy Lamb — son of former Rams great, Rolando Lamb — ultimately opted for UConn and went on to win a National Championship there his freshman season, playing a major role in the Huskies run during coincidentally VCU’s magical 2011 Final 4 season.
Landing Reddish would not only be a major coup for Will Wade and the VCU coaching staff, but who knows, could just be the legacy needed to not only get VCU to a national semi-final, but to take the black and gold all the way to a title this time.