7-Footer Excited About Fresh Start With Pearl

Seven-foot-two center, four-star prospect Trayvon Reed talks about his decision to play basketball at Auburn.

Auburn’s hot streak on the basketball recruiting front continued on Thursday when the Tigers added their fourth commitment in the past week when seven-foot-two center Trayvon Reed announced that he will play basketball for Coach Bruce Pearl’s team.

“I am going to play for Auburn and Coach Pearl and I feel good about it,” Reed said. “Coach Pearl is a winning coach and I feel like I can learn a lot of things from him. I know he has done a great job of developing players in the past and I can take my game to another level at Auburn."

Trayvon Reed took a visit to Auburn on Thursday.

Reed, a four-star recruit in the 2014 signee class, originally signed with the University of Maryland. However, Maryland decided not to bring him after he was arrested on a shoplifting charge of taking candy.

“I just thank God for a second chance being able to play the game I love,” Reed said. “Not everybody gets a second chance and I am excited to get a fresh start in the state where I am from. I feel like it is a big opportunity.”

Reed, who grew up in Mobile, has done a lot of growing recently. He noted that he currently weighs in at 240 pounds on a seven-foot-two frame.

“I went from 215 to 240 last year,” said Reed, who noted the extra size hasn’t impacted his quickness or mobility.

Reed’s AAU Coach with the Atlanta XPress, Winfred Jordan, said, “He is a very hard-working kid. It is a great fit. We just left a meeting with Bruce Pearl and the kid is in love with the situation.”

“Tony Jones, Harris (Adler) and all of the assistant coaches have really bought in to the program and Trayvon feels like it is a place that he can talk to anybody,” Jordan said. “The Auburn staff did an outstanding job of recruiting the kid.

“They are going to get him down to Auburn and get him on the right track doing the right things to be successful,” said Jordan, who noted that Reed will be attending prep school this fall in Florida before moving to Auburn in December. “He will be enrolling at Auburn next semester and will be able to play then," Jordan noted. " He will do an outstanding job for Auburn, I believe.”

Auburn’s other commitments this week are for the 2015 class. That group includes Danjel Purifoy, Horace Spencer and T.J. Dunans, all highly-regarded players.

Reed pointed out that he is looking forward to playing with those guys. “I am most definitely excited about it because I believe we can make a lot of things happen,” the center said.

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