With Maryland having the day off on Saturday, I took the opportunity to travel to Sterling High School in southern New Jersey where Life Center Academy was taking on Pitman High School in a neutral contest. This was my second look at 2014 Maryland signee Trayvon Reed and his team. Pitman is a team that has only lost five games all season and didn’t lose a single game in conference play. Reed drew a tough matchup as he faced Pitman big man and 2015 Villanova commit Tim Delaney on Saturday afternoon.
Reed had a strong performance against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The Maryland signee spent the majority of the game playing above the rim.
Pitman is a smaller team that doesn’t have a ton of size. They do possess Villanova commit Tim Delaney and Lafayette commit Eric Stafford, but the athleticism of Life Center Academy proved to be too much in a 62-48 win.
Penetration was one of the focal points of the Life Center attack. Junior guard and Maryland target Malik Ellison attacked the rim at will and tossed the ball up to Reed on a few occasions.
After witnessing Reed in person on two occasions, it’s clear how dominant the Georgia native can be. His long wingspan benefits Reed in a huge way as his teammates can throw the basketball a little bit wide of the cylinder and he can still reach out and throw it down. Reed is so long and athletic that it almost doesn’t seem fair to the opposing players that have to defend him.
Being so long and athletic also helps from a rebounding perspective. Without even blinking, the Life Center Academy big man can post a double-double. Rebounding help is something that Maryland is in dire need of at the present time.
Forward Charles Mitchell has looked to be the most impressive of the group and freshman Damonte Dodd has showed flashes, but the Terrapins just don’t have that interior presence that they need to compete with the upper-tier teams.
Playing under coach Pervis Ellison for a full season can only help Reed, who has only been playing organized basketball for a few years. With getting more experience in the low post, Reed will arrive in College Park this summer ready to improve and contribute to the Maryland program.