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Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly Considering Teaming Up in College
By MATT WHITFIELDCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Naz Reid cut his list to seven schools this week: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Seton Hall, and UCLA.
On Wednesday at the NBAPA Top 100 Camp, the 6-foot-10 big man from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and the Sports U AAU program, discussed what led to the cut.
“Those schools are the ones that have been contacting me,” he said. “I feel like those schools could be like home. I feel like the culture around those schools is a family culture. I feel like I could be successful at any one of those schools.
Reid said he hoped to visit most of the schools on the list. He’s been to Seton Hall several times, and took a trip to UCLA after a recent AAU stop in Los Angeles.
“Each school I can be successful [at],” he said. “And after I leave the fan base will still be there. The coaches swill still treat me like family.”
Reid also added that “they all have my style of play, that’s why they’re in my seven choices.”
Reid did cut the program nearest to his high school who had been working the hardest for him.
“It definitely was [tough cutting Rutgers],” he said. “You know, home school. Everyone’s looking for the kid to go to the home school. So yeah it definitely was tough to cut them.”
Reid has also though about pairing up with his Sports U teammate Jahvon Quinerly at the next level. The 6-2 Quinerly also recently cut his list to seven and is expected to stay and visit Virginia following the camp. Arizona, Kansas, Seton Hall and UCLA are the four schools in common for Reid and Quinerly and both schools are actively recruiting both guys.
“Definitely, I feel like we’re one of the best duos to play AAU,” Reid said. “We are looking to [play together at the next level] but if we don’t we’re still brothers. We still love each other.”
Reid added that they talk about playing together often.
Reid has an unofficial planed next week to LSU and the week after to Louisville.
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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 and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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