Reed is center of attention

Four-star wing Davon Reed had numerous schools come to visit him this fall and is taking a harder look at his recruitment.

Over the summer playing with Team Final, Davon Reed opened eyes with his play. At 6-foot-5 with long arms and good athleticism, Reed showed his versatility and offensive ability to change games. Now back with his Princeton (NJ) Day School team, Reed is the center of attention, and showing more improvements to his game.

For Princeton Day School head coach Paris McLean, Reed is the star of the show. A singular part of a very talented team over the summer, McLean says that Reed is the go to guy for his high school team.

"He plays a very different role at PDS than he does with Team Final," said McLean. "On Team Final he is a piece to their puzzle because guys like Rondae (Jefferson) and Austin (Colbert) are so talented, but at PDS he is our go to guy. He has to bear the burden of scoring and playing out of position. He is our tallest player so sometimes he has to play in the post, but then we also might need him to bring the ball up. He has to wear multiple hats for us."

McLean continued, "He is absolutely fantastic for us. Davon is like having another coach on the floor. He picks other guys up, he's one to help build their confidence, and helps bring the other guys along. Davon is our only returning varsity starter, so he is kind of the figure head of the program. He has started every game since his freshman year."

With good size and athleticism on the wing, as well as excellent grades, it is no surprise that the No. 63 ranked prospect in the nation attracted a lot of attention this fall from college coaches who came to visit.

"When Big East, ACC, Atlantic 10 coaches come through the door and go to St. Patrick's they could be there to see any number of players, but when they come to our gym they are coming to see Davon," McLean explained. "I never wanted him to feel that he had to do too much, so we had a lot of team oriented workouts. That might have been different for some of the coaches, but Davon handled it beautifully."

He continued, "We had 22 different schools come by. The most consistent were Rutgers, Penn State, Harvard, St. Joe's, Temple, and Xavier. Coach (Chris) Mack came by for one day just to see him and that spoke volumes, Phil Martelli also came by, Bruiser Flint came in, Tommy Amaker, and a smattering of assistants from many programs."

In terms of making unofficial visits during the year, McLean says that some will happen, but likely those will be to the schools close to his home.

"We have talked about what he can handle during the season," said McLean. "In the spring and the off season he has the time and the energy to see more of the schools. Right now though, he will probably only see the local the schools. He will go to the Big Five schools and he has been to several Rutgers games, and he recently had a great unofficial visit with Seton Hall so I think he will see more of their games this year."

He went on to say, "When it comes to the schools that are further away, he would love to get out Xavier, Penn State, and Iowa, but it is just tough because we play every other day. I think more of his traveling visits will come near the end of the season. We finish up in mid-February so he might be able to see some teams play at the end of the season."

As an excellent student, academics are going to be very big factor for Reed when it comes to him making his decision, but also he is beginning to look at all aspects of what a program has to offer.

"For Davon academics are important, but also he is starting to factor in how many recruits you are bringing in, what kind of system you run, is he clicking with the staff, geographical location, what conference the school is in, and more," explained McLean. "With Davon it is about more than basketball. He is looking for the best environment for him as a player, a person, and a student. Are there some early favorites, I am sure there are, but he is a 16 year old going through the process so he is just trying to feel it all out."

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