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Wednesday / July 6.
  • Ex-Florida pledge Jalen Reed commits to LSU

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Jalen Reed, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward from Southern California Academy and the ProSkills Elite Nike EYBL team, has committed to LSU after decommitting from Florida.

    Ranked the No. 13 power forward in the 247Sports.com Composite, he chose the Tigers over Louisville, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Memphis and others.

    “I’ve been away from home for the last three years and (LSU) is really close to where I’m from which was a plus. It wasn’t the biggest factor, but it was definitely a plus,” the Mississippi native told On3.com.

    He joins power forward Corneilous Williams in coach Matt McMahon’s recruiting class.

    “I feel like Coach McMahon and I have built a pretty good relationship in the time we’ve known each other,” he said. “He played a big part in my decision also.”

    LSU is getting a player with a big upside.

    “I have coached a ton of prospects that are playing in the NBA right now,” said former Southern California Academy coach Julius Von Hanzlik when he committed to Florida.

    “Jalen Reed is one of the best prospects I have ever coached with an extremely high ceiling. He’s also one of the most coachable prospects I have ever coached. Obviously his measurements, frame, and athleticism translate to college and the NBA level, but his ball-handling, passing, and decision-making translates as well. The things he does with the basketball at his size amaze our coaching staff every day. One of the most important qualities he has is his character. He’s such a good human being. The kid is going to be a success store. Believe that!”

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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.