Five-star Naz Reid talks his motivation and recruiting

INDIANAPOLIS - Five-star Naz Reid is one of the highest upside players in the class of 2018. On Friday night he was absolutely dominant and talked about his motivation to play hard.

The question marks in the past for Nazreon Reid have never revolved around his talent. The athletic and rugged post player has a ton of that, and it is easy to see. However there were questions of motivation to be the consistent producer. Reid however is out to honor his friend and answer those questions, while also taking a look at his recruitment. 

"I realized that I need to play better and give it my all every time out," said Reid. "I realized that I wasn't always playing as hard as I should and that I should be out here doing that for Armoni (Sexton)."

Sexton was Reid's friend and teammate who was tragically killed in a shooting two years ago.

"Armoni should be out here playing with us," Reid said. "He had as much talent as anybody. He should be out here with us getting all of this attention and having all of these opportunities, so I shouldn't take it for granted."

Numerous colleges were looking on as Reid went for a double-double and showed a desire to go inside and dominate with his combination of size, strength, and athleticism.

Schools such as St. John'sSyracuseRutgersLouisvilleMaryland, Kansas and Seton Hall all long ago offered Reid. Also schools such as Kentucky and North Carolina are both very interested.

John Calipari was present for Reid's game on Friday evening, and Reid says he has had good conversations with the Kentucky boss, but to this point no offer is official.

"Honestly I don't even know if Kentucky has offered," said Reid. "They are on me heavy, and they are talking to me like they have offered, but they haven't said the words 'we offered' yet."

Roy Williams was also court side to watch Reid on Friday, and Reid feels his style of play appeals to the Tar Heels.

"With me being able to rebound and really run the floor, I think that is what interests them in me since they like bigs who can run the break," said Reid of North Carolina.

For now Reid says he has no favorites and no visits set up, and that he plans to take his time with his recruitment.

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