Junior Watch: Ray Reed

One of the quickest guards in the west, junior point guard Ray Reed of Inglewood said he likes two college basketball conferences when thinking about his recruiting...

Ray Reed, 5-11 JR PG, Inglewood (Calif.) High, has had a very good junior year, showing his exceptional quickness and athleticism. He's particularly effective in transition, with a great, explosive burst up the court, and some really nice hops for his size that allow him to finish well. His skills are coming along also; his shot getting more consistent, and his ballhandling, passing and decision-making getting more under control. He projects as a point guard on the next level, but has more of a two-guard, scorer's mentality right now, and it will be key for him if he can show that he can run a team and create for his teammates. He'll almost certainly have high majors pursuing him this spring and summer, being one of the quickest guards in the west, and that quickness and speed are tough to match up against on both ends of the court.

Reed helped Inglewood advance in the Division II-AA CIF Playoffs last night against Moorpark. Reed said he's averaging about 16 points and 7assists a game this season.

When discussing his early recruitment, Reed said that he's wide open, and has "many schools" that he'd like to consider. He said he has a particular affection for the Pac-10 and the SEC, and he off-handedly mentioned UCLA, USC, Oregon and Georgia as schools that would definitely be on his list.

"I grew up liking the Pac-10," Reed said. "And I like the style of play in the SEC."

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