August 17, 2012

Reed nears end of recruitment

Princeton (NJ) Day School small forward Davon Reed is nearing the final stretch of his recruitment.

The 6-foot-6 and 190-pounder, who is rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 84 overall prospect, narrowed his top eight schools down to three, Miami (Fla.), Wake Forest and Xavier, eliminating Cincinnati, Connecticut, Harvard, Louisville and Memphis.

"I have a good relationship with each of the coaching staffs," Reed said. "All three of these schools have been with me not just late in my recruitment. They've all been there pretty early and they've all showed the same amount of interest if not more as summer continued."

"At camps I did really and stuff, but with my AAU team I don't think I played that well. I don't think we played well as a team, but seeing these three programs stick around me a lot meant a lot to me."

Reed has official visits set for Wake (the weekend of Sept. 8), Miami (the following weekend) and Xavier (Oct. 4-5).

"I just want to get a feel for what the campus life is about, see how my classes will be, class-size, see what the actual players' relationship with the teachers are, see what their relationship is with the coach, see what the workouts are like and just clear up any questions I have with the program," Reed said.

"I think I have an idea right now of what I like most about each of them. I'm at the final three of my programs. I'm thinking taking an official visit will really just point me in the right direction and allow me to get a feel for the campus and then add that on top of what I already feel for these programs and make my decision from there."

He has left the door cracked for the Huskies, but is not sure if he wants to make the trip to Storrs.

"I would definitely like to speak to the head coach [Jim Calhoun] a lot more," Reed said. "The offer as far as I know still stands, but at this point I want to build a better relationship with all of the head coaches."

"They've [UConn] got a lot of instability right now with the coach being older and the whole APR thing."

Miami has its own questions Reed wants answers to specifically being a mass departure due to graduation following the upcoming season.

"I just want to make sure are there five other players potentially coming around me," Reed said. "Once we get there will be prepared enough to play, because we're going to be thrown right into the fire? Will we be developed enough and ready to play?"

Reed added Xavier is probably the most established program left on his board, but still has similar questions for the Musketeers coaching staff.

As for the Demon Deacons Reed wants assurance their coaching staff will be around. He also wants to figure out how likely it is for him to play early. Wake is the only school remaining that Reed has visited.

"I love the campus," Reed said in a prior interview with Deacons Illustrated. "It's a beautiful campus. It's nice and close-knit. Everybody was welcoming. It was a family. The coaching staff showed me the best hospitality and they're really good people."

Reed, who played for Team Final on the EYBL circuit, faced Wake Forest commitment Greg McClinton of the CP3 All-Stars this summer.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to him, but I think he's a good player, really aggressive," Reed said. "Together [he and McClinton], I think that would be a pretty good freshman duo right there."

Reed told Deacons Illustrated last month it is a possibility he may choose a school early this fall.

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