After kinda, sorta committing and then backing off last Friday, 2014 center Trayvon Reed officially committed to Maryland today, after visiting the campus for the first time yesterday.
Trayvon Reed has verbally pledged to Maryland, sources confirm.
Trayvon Reed has verbally pledged to Maryland, sources confirm.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) August 22, 2013
I think we can say for sure that Reed is committed. Reed is the forth, four-star commit for what was already a highly touted 2014 class for Maryland. He joins guards Dion Wiley and Romelo Trimble and forward Jared Nickens. This means Maryland is probably finished with their 2014 class and will no longer be pursuing other 2014 targets, such as Chananu Onuaku and Martin Geben.
We'll have more on how this impacts Maryland going forward, but it appears that the Terps should have one of the top classes in the nation during their first B1G season. Now the staff can turn their attention to 2015.
We have added Reed to our basketball scholarship chart.
Here is the write-up we had on Reed:
HS / Hometown: Shiloh / Snellville, Ga.
AAU: Atlanta Xpress
Measurables: 7-1 / 210
Rankings and Profiles:
Other Schools: Auburn, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Notes: Reed's the second big-time product from the Atlanta Under Armour-sponsored AAU team, and just like the last one - Robert Carter - Maryland figures to be a prominent factor. I'm not sure if post players are a huge need in this class, but if Maryland's looking for a giant to replace Alex Len, Reed's a good like-for-like fit. Reed's stock has definitely taken a slip over the past 6 months. He was once a 5-star on 247 and Scout, but has slipped on all of the major recruiting services. Regardless, he still remains a top 100 talent and would be a huge get for Mark Turgeon for 2014.
Major Strengths: He's listed at 7-1 and that looks legitimate; at worst he's 6-11. Throw in a huge wingspan and live legs, and he's probably effectively the longest player in the country in this class. He's athletic and runs the floor very well, which combined with his length makes him a monster on the break. As you'd expect, he's a terror as a shot-blocker and a good rebounder as well.
Needs Improvement: He's a beanpole at this point, but has added on ten pounds over the last six months. He might get pushed around by bulkier guys despite initially, but once he's able to add some more muscle, he'll be fine. He's also very raw; his offensive game at this point consists mostly of dunks and easy buckets around the rim, so he really needs to develop a go to post move. He's not really close to being a primary offensive weapon right now.