Maryland got an early jump on its 2014 recruiting class, landing commitments from a trio of sharp shooters: Dion Wiley, Romelo Trimble, and Jared Nickens. Now, the Terps could be closing in on the final piece of the puzzle, Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh four-star center Trayvon Reed.
The 7-foot, 220-pound Reed picked up an early offer from Maryland, and the coaching staff has been in hot pursuit of the elite big man ever since.
"I talk to Coach Bino a lot…all the time. He has really been the one after me, and I felt a great bond between us," Reed said. He was at a lot of my games this summer; he is just a good guy."
Maryland's former big 7-footer often came up during the conversations between Reed and Ranson.
"The fact that Alex Len did get drafted did mean something. I was talking to Coach Bino and he was telling me about Alex," Reed said. "I heard when he (Len) first got there (to Maryland) he wasn't as big as he is now, so I thought well maybe if I go to Maryland they can do the same thing for me. I feel like they can get me bigger and stronger."
With a handful of talented guards and wing players, the Terps could definitely use a long athletic big man to protect the rim and control the glass.
"Trayvon is one of the elite shot blockers in the class. He protects the rim as well as anybody; he is long and athletic," Fox Sports NEXT basketball expert Brian Snow said. "He needs to get stronger and is raw on offense, but you simply can't teach his length and athleticism."
Reed is high on the Terps, but he is also being courted by the likes of: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Florida, among others.
"This recruiting thing is hard you know, it's really hard because you don't want to make the wrong decision," Reed said. "So I've been really thinking about it for a while now, and I think Maryland can't be a bad choice. I feel like I can play there and get better there."
Terps Closing In On Big Man
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