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Snellville, Ga., junior Trayvon Reed’s already got plenty of suitors, and more are sure to join the party soon.
Reed, the No. 3 center in 247Sports’ 2014 rankings, already has offers from Maryland, Florida, UConn, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State. Once he shows off what his coach says is a new-and-improved game this spring and summer, it may become easier to name those who haven’t offered scholarships than those who have.
“When that open period begins, I’m expecting to be getting 50 phone calls about him. When you’re 7-1 and you can play, I just look at it as everyone who’s recruiting you has probably offered,” said Winfred Jordan, Reed’s coach with the Atlanta Xpress travel program.
Last year Jordan’s program produced All-American Robert Carter, a one-time Terps recruiting target who was on the ACC All-freshman team this season. Jordan views Reed as a similar caliber of prospect – with a splash of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel.
“I think that he can be a similar player [to Carter]," Jordan said. "I have been trying to convince him that him and Robert are different kinds of players, though. Robert was a very skiled 4. Trayvon, at 7-1, will be able to impact the game different, scoring at the rim and blocking shots.
“In terms of shot-blocking and rebounding, I think he’s a little bit like Nerlens Noel. He’s not as bouncy, but what I like about Trayvon is, he can shoot the basketball. He shoots about 80 percent from the free-throw line and he has more post moves than Nerlens Noel.”
Terps assistant Bino Ranson has remained in contact with both Reed and his coach.
“He’s been calling me and staying in contact," Jordan said. "I think they’re pretty seriously interested. He came to see him play a lot, even during his high school season, so I think they’re very interested."
Added Reed, “He always says, ‘You should be a Terp. You belong in a Terps uniform.' And he’s just been checking on me and seeing how I’m doing.”
Maryland, of course, hasn’t had a great deal of success over the years recruiting players from the South. The Terps did break through last year in the form of fellow Georgian Charles Mitchell, but how realistic is the possibility of Reed leaving the region for college?
“That’s the million-dollar question,” Jordan said. “I don’t know. I think he’s open. I think he’s looking for the best situation.”
Reed, who said he averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks last season, is wide open and hasn’t begun to focus on his recruitment. He may take visits this summer, but hasn’t scheduled any yet. Stay tuned ...
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