Apr 21, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH–As a 7-footer from the Class of 2014, it makes sense that Trayvon Reed is consistently ranked in the Top 20 of his class.
The Snellville, Ga., native was part of the reason there was a packed gym Saturday night at Hoop Group’s Pitt Jam Fest, as coaches came to get a look at Reed’s team, the Atlanta Xpress, matching up with the D12 Warriors.
South Florida, Villanova, Georgia, Miami, Syracuse, and Kansas were among those in attendance, as Reed led the Xpress to a 45-31 victory.
“I’d didn’t play as well as I could. My hook I need to work on. My shots around the basket,” he told NBCSports.com of playing in front of college coaches. “But I still have time to develop my game.”
The biggest asset that Reed has for himself is potential.
He needs to add muscle, become more aggressive defensively, and continue to learn how to effectively use his size, but to have a player with such inherent gifts is appealing, especially considering he has two more years of high school basketball remaining.
On Saturday night, he was part of a long 3-2 zone for the Xpress that caused problems for the Warriors. Against Bradley Hayes, a senior who is drawing interest from schools that include Georgetown and Connecticut, Reed was more than able to hold his own.
He has been drawing interest from schools that include Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Miami, and Connecticut.
As only a sophomore, he says his recruitment remains wide open, but has an idea of the type of school he would like to play for.
“I just want to go where I can fit well, somewhere where the coaching is good,” he said.
The keyword will be “time.” With time to develop and the right coaching, it looks like Reed could have a bright high-major future ahead of him.
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