Mark Turgeon has once again gotten his man. Trayvon Reed has committed to Maryland.
Reed: “They just had that kid Alex Len go there so I know if I pick up some size I can really do something for Maryland.”
Reed, a 7-foot-1, 220-pound center from Snellville, Ga., gave his verbal commitment today while on his official visit. Rated the No. 65 overall prospect and sixth-best center in the 247Sports 2014 Composite, Reed chose the Terps over Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and a host of others.
"I feel like its a fit for me. I feel like I can learn there,” Reed told InsideMDSports.com. “Also because I talked to the coach there and he just talked to me about school and basketball so I feel like I can go in there and play hard and show the best that I can do on the court at Maryland.
"It was hard for me to try and pick a school. I did my research and I thought long about it."
Reed, who is regarded as a potentially elite shot-blocker, is the fourth verbal commitment in Maryland's 2014 class, which is ranked No. 3 nationally. He joins Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens. The Terps could continue to chase Riverdale Baptist (Md.) big man Chinanu Onuaku, who could play power forward in college.
"I just knew because I’ve been thinking about it the whole summer and I just feel like with school, I don’t want to have this on my mind during school.”
With his decision out of the way, Reed will now focus on readying himself to contribute to an emerging Maryland program that's been bringing top talent to College Park.
“Just being better, being stronger. I know one thing, people tell me I’m picking up a little weight," he said. I know I want to get bigger eventually, but I’m just trying to go hard in the weight room – that’s my main focus.”
Maryland's development of Alex Len, who went from virtual unknown to NBA Lottery pick, played heavily into Reed's view of the program; he's regarded as a better shot-blocker than Len was at the same age, though not as polished offensively.
“They just had that kid Alex Len go there so I know if I pick up some size I can really do something for Maryland.”
IMS recruiting analyst Josh Stirn contributed to this report.
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