There were not a high number of freshmen playing on the boys side of things last season in the area. The ones who were mostly shined and for most of the season, Woodlan’s Joe Reidy had plenty of argument to make as being the best of those ninth graders.
Now a sophomore, the maturity in Reidy’s game has grown immensely off a summer with the Indy Heat organization and with some skill and mental toughening on the football field this fall. Reidy rebounds very well, even drawing so much attention at the rim because of his height and confident stature. He gets great positioning on both ends of the courts, altering shots on defense and ready to clean up any messes offensively. This allows him to pace himself well, rarely rushing through any progression.
Last season, Reidy was the most relied on Woodlan player, posting the most minutes per game, but doing so for good reason. He averaged a team high 16.5 points to go with 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He shot the ball at a 46 percent success rate, the best of the regular Warriors rotation players. His success rate was so high because of how well he plays at the basket and how he gets there. Reidy is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter and it helps with him being able to race to the rim, hitting his angles at well to weave through nearly any defensive scheme in a crafty manner.
“Joe burst on the scene last year as one of the top players in the ACAC and freshmen in the area. Joe’s versatility makes him a matchup nightmare for opponents,” says Woodlan coach John Baker. “Offensively, his quick first step and body control give him a lot of scoring opportunities around the rim, while his soft shooting touch makes him a multidimensional scorer. Joe rebounds well and alters a number of shots around the rim.”