by Santino Torres / Staff Reporter
Josh Redic ended his senior season with the Mount Carmel High School boys’ basketball team by winning their first regional championship since 2016. In that match, he led the Caravan to a three-point victory over a strong Lindblom team before eventually bowing out to annual contender Morgan Park.
Redic is now a freshman at Roosevelt University, and plays on the men’s basketball team.
“I think Chicago has some of the best basketball schools in the country,” said Redic, whose major is undeclared, “A lot of guys are really good at defense and it’s, just, like a certain toughness that everybody brings to the court.”
Only one year into his career at Roosevelt, and he has earned a role of responsibility with his scoring ability down the stretch towards the end of the season. He has helped the Roosevelt men’s basketball team to a 5-2 record in the month of January.
“You could just kind of tell by his work ethic; you never really have to drag him to the gym or to a workout,” said Tariq Archibald, a senior finance major and teammate of Redic’s, “I think he kind of knows that he’s special, and he knows that we trust him. He’s always willing to go, wants to work out, and wants to get better. When it comes to basketball, that’s one of the most important aspects.”
“He’s priority number one for all of our opponents. He’s the top guy that our opponents are trying to stop,” said Joe Griffin, head coach of the Roosevelt Lakers men’s basketball team. “Josh can shoot the three, and he can draw fouls and he can score for two. So, he’s been the key for every opponent, and it creates opportunities for everybody.”
In January, Redic averaged 15.3 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. He was also a 41 percent shooter from beyond the arc, and shot 89 percent from the line. In his first two January games against Robert Morris and St. Francis, Redic eclipsed his career-high in both games. He scored 21 points against RMU before surpassing that total a few days later with 24 points against St. Francis.
“His shot selection has gotten a lot better, probably thanks to coaches, and teaching Josh how to cut better and just make better reads off the ball,” added Archibald. “He’s getting more open shots than he used to earlier in the season, even when the teams are starting to key in on him a little bit. Attention to detail has pretty much helped him to better quality shots.”
Redic credits his recent performance and growth over the course of the season to the leadership of his coaches and captains.
“They’ve done a great job with helping me to focus on certain things on both ends of the floor; my teammates too,” Redic said. “I have two great captains who help me out every practice and help me to have the mentality just to get better every day.”
Redic now leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game on 40 percent shooting.