FORESTVILLE, Md. -- Terrapin Times scouted Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) junior wing and potential Maryland target Josh Reaves when his team took on Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) Feb. 11. Here's our take on Reaves' game:
Player: Joshua Reaves
Weight: 185 pounds
School: Paul VI
Venue: at Bishop McNamara, 2/11/14
Athleticism: Reaves has plenty of it. He's got major bounce, good quickness, and gets end to end very well. He's still pretty thin, but has a frame which should fill out in time. Reaves has real long arms, and plays bigger than his 6-foot-4 height might indicate. He'll need to hit the weights hard though.
Shooting: Reaves has never been known as a deadly shooter, but he has improved. He'll hit an occasional trey, has a pretty good mid-range game, and can get to the rim.
Ball-handling: Reaves, a lefty, needs to work hard on developing his off-hand dribble. His ability to get a shot off the bounce is adequate, but it's one area he still needs to upgrade.
Passing: While he had a couple turnovers against McNamara, I like Reaves' ability to see the floor and make the smart pass -- one that puts a teammate in position to score.
Defense: Though he's not strong, Reaves is long, and can be a major force on the defensive end of the court. He anticipates well, moves his feet, and uses his length to get in passing lanes.
Rebounding: Reaves has proven to be a solid rebounder, using his vertical leap and timing to grab his share of boards.
Intangibles: From all we've observed, Reaves is a very coachable kid, plays hard, has no aversion to playing defense, and seems to be an excellent teammate. All these traits will serve him well during his recruitment.
Summary: Reaves currently has offers from Villanova, VCU, Temple, Penn State and Boston College. He is being monitored closely by Maryland, Georgetown and others. He's a bit of a late bloomer, and because of the stacked roster at Paul VI, he's been a bit under the radar. While he's not yet a bonafide high-major stud, we do like his upside, his outstanding athleticism, and his willingness to guard people.
Reaves doesn't have that one great skill that bowls you over, but plays a pretty sound all-round game, and does some things that the Maryland program definitely is in need of. At the high-major level, I see Reaves as a "glue guy," a player who will do a lot of little things to help a program win.
He's not necessarily someone who'd come in as a freshman and be an instant impact player, but in time he will be a factor. The athleticism is impressive, the skills are progressing nicely, and the intangibles cannot be ignored.
Scouting Report: Josh Reaves
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