No offense to Trajan Langdon, J.J. Redick, or Johnny Dawkins, but if Mike Krzyzewski compared a modern-day Duke player to those three immensely important stars from various eras of the Blue Devils’ luminous history, the national college basketball community would not be dazzled.
It would be impressed, but not wowed.
Comparing a present-day Duke player to Grant Hill, on the other hand, creates a different reaction. This qualifies as a “wow,” the highest level of praise Coach K can confer on one of his young-pup phenoms who appears poised to do great things on a basketball court for the next few decades.
Krzyzewski didn’t have to go there, but he did after Duke hammered Boston College on Tuesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium, 80-55. Cam Reddish received the royal treatment in Coach K’s postgame press conference.
“It reminded me of (NBA star Grant Hill), what he was doing, because he’s 6-foot-8 and he’s so long,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And I think that helped him offensively. Because you’re moving strong, you’re playing strong, and it translates to other aspects of your game.”
It translated well enough for Reddish to score 24 points on a night when Zion Williamson pounded the glass for 17 boards to go with 16 points. Duke cruised in the latter portions of the second half, getting the low-stress game it needed before a back end of an ACC schedule which will get much tougher, starting with this Saturday’s anticipated rematch against Virginia.
That Duke-UVA game is a main-event throwdown, the kind of game Grant Hill lived to play. We will see if Reddish is up to the challenge in a game whose outcome could very well decide the ACC regular-season championship.
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