The seven-foot-one center's AAU coach, Winfred Jordan, says he is impressed with the class of 2014 prospect's work ethic.
"He is doing extremely well," Jordan says when asked how the young center is developing his skills this summer. "He dedicated himself in the month of June to going 2 1/2 hours in the gym, an hour and a half in the weight room and almost 45 minutes in the swimming pool. He does that five days a week now.
"He's transforming extremely well," Jordan says. "Weight lifting, conditioning, more conditioning in the swimming pool, core, back and a bunch of plyometrics and calisthenics. He is showing that he has a passion for the game. He is really growing and developing there."
Reed, who turned 16 years old in June, averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a sophomore at Shiloh High. He is now moving into the heavy portion of his AAU schedule playing for the Atlanta Xpress. The center recently visited Auburn and the Tigers are one of the college teams he is considering.
Reed is shown during an AAU game for the Atlanta Express.
Asked what is the best part of Reed's game as a young center, Jordan says, "His ability to catch the ball and finish around the rim. Also, his mental toughness. Normally, kids that height and size aren't as aggressive and assertive as other kids, but he's learning to be very active in the area that he is playing and out of area.
"He is blocking shots out of his area and he is rebounding out of his area as well as in his area," the coach adds. "He is going to finish strong. He dunks everything he catches around the rim. He shoots about 75 percent from the free throw line so he's doing pretty good."
Asked what part of Reed's game he would like to see improve this summer as the young center gets into the heavy AAU schedule, Jordan says, "His one-on-one post moves. He actually has the skill. The country doesn't know it, but he has the skill and right now I think when they see it in July he'll show it more."