Trayvon Reed doesn’t always commit, but when he does, he prefers the Maryland Terrapins.
As first reported on by InsideMDSports, the Snelville, Georgia 7-footer committed to Maryland after his visit on campus Wednesday clearly went well. Reed, currently ranked the 68th best prospect by 247sports.com, chose the Terps over a bevy of other teams including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Georgia.
With Reed on board, the 2014 class is very clearly symbolic of the shift that Mark Turgeon’s tenure on campus has brought. Reed is accompanied in the class by two top 100 recruits in Romelo Trimble (35th) and Dion Wiley (58th), and another top 100 recruit in Jared Nickens (95th). As it stands, Maryland has the third-best recruiting class in the nation for 2014, behind only Ohio State and North Carolina and one spot ahead of Georgetown (for those who are keeping track).
Seen as a major boon toward future rim protection, Reed will have no shortage of options on the perimeter as each of Maryland’s three other incoming recruits are known for their sweet stroke from the perimeter. In bringing all these weapons in, Turgeon has largely addressed two of Maryland’s biggest concerns: perimeter shooting and a replacement for Alex Len.
As for Reed the player? If you want the short on him, he is a seven-foot, incredibly long shot blocker who also happens to be incredibly athletic to boot. While he is on the skinnier end of things, there’s almost no doubt in anyone’s mind that Mark Turgeon can make the most of his abilities given his history with big men (which was largely a deciding factor for Reed). DeAndre Jordan and Alex Len have both turned into solid pro prospects, and Turgeon was the coach while both of those players made leaps and bounds developmentally.
Reed is largely expected to head into college park without a massive amount of expectations, and as such will likely see limited minutes from the get-go as he develops further into a menacing big man. Off the bench, however, Reed will provide immediate length and a scary amount of athleticism for opposing big men to deal with.
His commitment probably signifies the end of 2014 signing and more than likely eliminates Maryland from the Chinanu Onuaku sweepstakes. The Terrapins are highly unlikely to make this a five-man class, given that they have their sights set on a few big man prospects from the 2015 class, so look for them to hold tight with what they have.
Heading into Big Ten competition with a completely reloaded team like this is certainly going to set the bar high for performance, but with the players Maryland has brought in, it’s one that can easily be reached. These are not your average Maryland players from prior eras; Dion Wiley and Melo Trimble are bona-fide ballers.
Embrace your head coach, and embrace Trayvon Reed, Terps. For a nice scouting report on Reed and some highlight videos, head over here.