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Sunday / April 14.
  • 2018 Forward Naz Reid Cuts to LSU, Arizona

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    Naz Reid, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2018 big man from Sports U and Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, has trimmed his list to two schools: LSU and Arizona.

    Reid had been working with a list of seven, but has now cut Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Seton Hall and UCLA.

    He took a visit to LSU in June.

    “It was good,” he said last month. “The school was bigger than I thought it was. There were a lot of interesting things. I saw the football stadium is big, the basketball court is big. The team is very family united, I like that. That’s a big thing. I feel like there’s a lot family-wise going on there.”

    He said LSU has been recruiting him for two years but ramped up their interest after Will Wade took the job this spring.

    LSU told him he’s a big priority.

    “Mostly likely, I’d be on the ball a lot,” Reid said. “Run things through me, Javonte, things like that.”

    LSU landed a pledge from 2018 point guard Javonte Smart and Smart is working on getting Reid to join him. The two know one another from USA Basketball and an adidas select team that traveled to Italy.

    “We’re real close,” the 6-4 Smart told NOLA.com. “That’s my man and I’m just trying to get him to come over here with me.”

    Meantime, incoming freshman guard Tremont Waters knows Reid, too.

    “We’re pretty cool, I talk to him the last year or so,” he said.

    Reid’s girlfriend, Raven Farley, is an incoming freshman on the LSU women’s team. She attended Queen of Peace in New Jersey.

    The No. 11-ranked player in the 2018 ESPN 60, Reid is an of AAU teammate of Hudson (N.J.) Catholic and Sports U point guard Jahvon Quinerly, who committed to Arizona earlier this month. The two have talked about going to school together.

    “Yeah, no doubt we could go to school together,” Reid said last month. “I love the way he plays, he love the way I play. He’s like my brother. Of course, we talk about a lot together.

    Package deals are discussed all the time, but is it realistic in this case?

    “Yeah, definitely,” Reid said. “I see a lot of potential in him, and he sees a lot of potential in me. We both just have a lot of feel for each other, so why not?”

    Asked if Quinerly might go to LSU, Reid said, “I haven’t talked to him about that.”

    Meantime, Reid wants to visit Arizona.

    “I should be making a visit [to Arizona], not sure when.”



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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. 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.

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