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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Naz Reid’s next loss appears like it will mark his final game in an LSU uniform.
No. 3 LSU is set to face No. 2 Michigan State in a Sweet 16 matchup on Friday night in Washington, D.C. If the Tigers win, they would advance to meet the Duke/Virginia Tech winner in an Elite Eight matchup on Sunday in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament. If the Tigers lose this weekend, the staff expects the 6-foot-10 Reid to declare for the NBA Draft after a one-and-done season.
“Yeah, we’re expecting to lose him,” LSU assistant Greg Heiar said in the locker room in Jacksonville, Fla., after the team held off Maryland, 69-67, in the second round last Saturday. “If you’re a top-20 pick in the draft, you need to go. You need to go. It’s what his dream is so we want him to chase his dream. You never want to hold a young man back.”
The Asbury Park, N.J. native is currently projected as the No. 47 pick per ESPN.com. A number of NBA teams have recently checked in with Reid’s high school coach, Dave Boff, including San Antonio on Monday night.
CHAMBLEE, Ga. – The Kentucky Wildcats may already have the No. 2 ranked recruiting class in 2019, but they aren’t done yet.
Current commits and McDonald’s All-Americans Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey spoke Tuesday about their efforts to recruit uncommitted All-Americans such as Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels.
“I’ve been talking to Matthew Hurt, messing with him,” Maxey said at Media Day ahead of Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game (7 p.m., ESPN2). “He’s on my team, so every time I get the chance I’ll mess with him. I want him to come to Kentucky and I want him to help us win a national championship.”
“We’re going to be something special to watch,” said the 6-foot-4 Antoine at media day Tuesday. “I’m here with Jeremiah [Robinson-Earl]. Jeremiah and I have had the same coach since freshman year, so the chemistry is already there.”
Antoine also made it clear that the duo have a great relationship off the court.
“It’s crazy,” said Antoine. “We text each other every day. We FaceTime and snapchat each other. It’s very cool.”
The pair will have their first opportunity to play alongside each other under the bright lights in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game (7 p.m., ESPN2), as they will both represent the West Team.