Rising Talent

A growing New Jersey guard with a nice mix of skills has West Virginia on his offer list, and he showed the reason for that interest with solid play during the West Virginia Jam Fest over the weekend.

Davon Reed, a 6-5 guard from Princeton (N.J.) Day School, is one of three leaders on Team Final, which was one of the powers of the 16 and Under (16U) group at the Jam Fest. A bouncy players who runs the court with a spring in his step, Reed gets to the basket well in transition, can stop and pull up for a high-release jumper, and generally plays a couple of inches taller than his listed height. At Princeton, he plays every position from point to post-up, and while his future looks to be as a two guard or a wing in college, the experience he has gained by playing different spots has clearly helped his game improve.

At the West Virginia Jam Fest, Reed and his two high-profile teammates were all battling through injuries and ailments of varying degrees, so they didn't perform as well overall as they might have liked. Still there was enough on display to see why Reed is quickly gaining more notice on the recruiting front.

"We had a lot of injuries this week," Reed said. "It was so far, so good, but we really haven't played to our potential. I jammed my pinkie up, and Austin Colbert's knees were bothering him. And Rondae Jefferson isn't playing at all because of tendinitis in both knees. Not having one of our key guys in Rondae has put more on us to try to hold it all together. We miss Rondae, and it definitely makes it more difficult. We just had to muscle through it and play hard."

While Reed's jammed finger appeared to be the least severe injury of the three (Colbert spent much of the first half of one game with ice bags taped to both knees, though he later returned to action) the rising junior's play was definitely affected. He couldn't dribble the ball at 100% effectiveness, which in turn cut down on some of his trademark slashes to the hoop, but he didn't let it affect other parts of his game. He still rebounded effectively, and rose high in transition to take a pass and throw down an authoritative dunk on one of several fast break opportunities.

Reed's improving play has led to eight offers so far, with more sure to come.

"Right now I have eight offers. VCU, St Joseph, Temple, LaSalle, Rutgers, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Xavier," he listed. "Ohio State, Cincinnati, Florida and Penn State are some of the others showing interest I don't have any favorites yet."

West Virginia is making a strong run at Reed, and has certainly made an impression.

"They came to see me play and offered me right after that," Reed said of the early offer he received from the Mountaineers. "The coaches have been keeping in contact with me, and they talk with me every chance they legally can. I have been talking with them a lot and I really like West Virginia."


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