CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Class of 2013 wing Davon Reed trimmed down his list of schools this week, and Memphis remains in the mix.
A skilled, 6-foot-5, 190-pounder out of Princeton Day School (NJ), Reed has a list of eight finalists to land his services.
Memphis Roar caught up with Reed at the NBPA Top 100 Camp today to discuss his recruitment.
Reed listed Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Miami, Xavier, Harvard, Wake Forest, and Cincinnati as the programs that remain on his list. He said all of them have offered him a scholarship except the Cardinals and the Huskies.
“All eight, no favorites so far out of the eight,” Reed said of whether anyone stands out to him. “Just trying to focus on the eight. I wouldn’t say [I have] any leaders right now.”
The Garden State star explained why these eight programs were the ones that made the cut for his final list.
“They’re all like high-major programs,” Reed said. “Definitely [they are] always contenders, either [are now] or have been there. I’ve built relationships with all the coaching staffs. I feel like I’d be able to get my game to the next level and get a good education.”
Reed also explained why he decided that now was the right time to chop down his list of schools.
“It felt right, I was ready,” Reed said, going on to add, “The recruiting period is coming up [and I didn't want] . . . everybody coming at me.”
There are a few schools that Reed said are pursuing him the hardest at this point.
“Miami, Harvard, Louisville recently,” Reed said. “[All of them have] been coming at me really hard. Wake Forest [is coming] really hard.”
Reed, who has no visits planned, said of when he plans to commit, “Sometime in the fall, whenever feels right.”
As he mentioned in his explanation for why these eight schools comprise his final list, Reed is looking for a good education at his school of choice.
“It means a lot to me,” Reed said of the importance of academics. “I think I can go to any [of those schools and get a good education. I want to do] sports marketing . . . or sports medicine.”
Although Memphis made his list of finalists, Reed is still not overly familiar with the Tigers just yet.
“I mean, they just recently offered me a scholarship,” Reed said. “I don’t know that much about [Memphis, but I have] . . . seen them play.”
Reed noted that the Memphis coach he has primarily been speaking with is Aki Collins. However, he has talked to head coach Josh Pastner and he shared thoughts on the Tigers top man.
“He seems like a really good guy,” Reed said. “When I got on the phone to speak with him, [he was] real straightforward.”
Speaking of phones, beginning tomorrow coaches will be allowed unlimited calls to prospects and will also be permitted to text them.
“I hope it’s a good thing [and] . . . I want schools to take advantage of it,” Reed said of the new rule, “but I don’t want it to be [taking too] much of my time.”
A skilled all-around player who can do quite a different few things offensively, Reed thinks he projects at a certain position, but knows he can play multiple.
“I’ll most likely be a two, but I consider myself a versatile player,” Reed explained.
Josh Pastner and his assistants are hoping that Davon Reed decides to bring his versatile game to Memphis in 2013.