Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By JOSH NEWMANSpecial to ZAGSBLOGNEW YORK – Princeton Day School, A K-12 institution that is not a member of the NJSIAA and plays in relative anonymity among the powers that be in the Garden State, is probably not the place you would first go to find a top 100 shooting guard.
No, it’s not the first program that comes to mind when thinking of a star shooting guard, but that’s exactly where Davon Reed plays and that’s where coaches are flocking to.
Despite a 56-49 loss to PSAL Queens ‘AA’ Bayside at the Big Apple Invitational on Monday afternoon, Reed showed off all the reasons why he is coveted by high-majors, as well as mid-majors.
In finishing with a game-high 25 points, 22 rebounds and six blocks, Reed showed off good length for his size, range out to and beyond the 3-point line, an ability to finish in traffic and a willingness to do some dirty work. In the first half alone, Reed scored 13 points, registered 12 of Princeton Day’s 19 rebounds and single-handedly kept his team in the contest throughout.
Reed’s suitors are numerous, including Big East interest with an offer from Rutgers. There is also heavy interest for Reed’s services out of the Atlantic-10 with Xavier, LaSalle, Temple and Richmond having offered. Miami and Cincinnati also offered him Monday, Alex Kline reported. Only a junior, a decision from Reed, let alone a narrowed-down list is not imminent at this point.
Despite no list, Reed indicated that Wake Forest, Harvard, Xavier and Virginia Tech are showing the most interest right now. Reed’s head coach, Paris McLean, was quick to add the Scarlet Knights and St. Joseph’s to those in the mix, in addition to Seton Hall, which has been in contact, but has not seen Reed play this winter according to McLean.
Still, McLean said Aquille Carr’s verbal will help Seton Hall’s cause with Reed and others.
“Right now, I’m just taking everything in stride and I’m probably going to look to make an early decision in the fall,” Reed said. “The recruiting process is definitely a blessing, but sometimes, you just want to be a regular teenager. It definitely takes up some of your time, but it’ll be worth it in the end.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.