Arizona Reid Gets No Love From NBA Camp

Not too many guys can bring 2000 points and 1000 rebounds to the table during their 4 year career. High Point and former Gaffney High star Arizona "AZ" Reid can. One of the most underrated players in college and one of the most unheralded out of the Palmetto State "AZ" will have to continue to fight to work towards a professional hoops career.

No Arizona Reid didn't play at the biggest school out there in High Point University but as he's done throughout his career he's overcome the label people have put on him. "He's not big time D1 material. He won't put up numbers on that level. He plays at a small school." Only one of those things are true, yes Reid did play at a small school but he time and time again answered the bell when people questioned his abilities on the basketball court.

One of the most intriguing prospects in the college basketball landscape Reid started showing early on his career at High Point that some of those larger schools had missed the boat and that he indeed was going to be a star. Well some 2000+ points and 1000+ rebounds later Reid's career at High Point is over. Not bad for a guy 6'5 205 pounds playing in the post. During his senior season he put up a couple of monster performances. One being a game on the road versus VMI where he poured in 42 points and snatched 14 boards. There's also the 37 points and 10 boards he dropped on Anderson College.

Those weren't just inflated numbers for Reid because he went out and averaged 23.9 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Panthers this past season. Reid may not be your prototype power forward but he's always found a way to be one of the most effective players regardless of size that I've ever seen. He won state championships while at Gaffney and helped High Point garner some national exposure during his time there.

There are 64 players competing in Orlando during the NBA's pre-draft camp. Reid wasn't one of the players selected to compete. Yes maybe most of the players deserve to be there but for those underclassmen who are playing solely with intentions on returning to school, that could be Arizona Reid's spot. That could be his chance to show NBA scouts what he's capable of doing.

Arizona Reid has my respect and I wouldn't bet against him as he continues to prove doubters wrong. He may have to go overseas or play in the NBDL (NBA's minor league) but he deserves a look. Somehow some way I have a funny feeling he'll find a way to get a look somehow. Regardless of whether he makes the NBA or not he's had one of the most successful collegiate careers for any player out of the Palmetto State. That my friends deserves kudos alone.


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