Top 50 Boys Hoops: #35 Michael Redding

There has never been a question when it comes to either the work ethic or the shooting prowess of any Fort Wayne area player with the last name Redding. Like older brothers Jacob and Dillon, Wayne senior Michael Redding is a knockdown shooter that any coach would be lucky to have on their roster.

Redding averaged a team second best 9.2 points while playing every game in 2018-2019 for a Wayne team that reached the Sectional finals. He was also number two on the team in assists at 2.1 per game despite the fact that he was rarely in a point guard role. He hit 37 three pointers, including 4-of-7 in a win over Bishop Dwenger and going 3-for-7 in a very close lose to eventual state champion Blackhawk Christian. As noted, he is a Redding and he can shoot the ball.

He also isn’t one dimensional and will continue to make that point into his senior season. He is a strong vocal leader with a a court vision clearly developed over years around the game with older brothers and a coach for a father. Redding will be the glue for a Wayne team that moves a lot of pieces into the varsity level with a rookie head coach. It is his style and quality of leadership that will allow Wayne to still be a contender almost every night in the Summit Athletic Conference.

“Michael is the epitome of a leader. He is a player that I never have to worry about,” says new Wayne coach Byron Pickens. “Michael wants to prove that he is more than a shooter. He has an unbelievable work ethic and it will show this coming season.”

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