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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Player Profile: Davon Reed

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's roster for 2015-16. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the court.

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Davon Reed

Junior G/F  6'6 210 Ewing, NJ (Princeton Day School)

2014-15 Stats: 29 games, 21 starts (missed first 8 games with injury), 8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 47% FGs 45.7 3P%,   All NIT Tournament Team where he played his best basketball of the season.

In five NIT games averaged 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 blocks

Scouting Report:

  • Best perimeter defender on the team.  Good on the glass as well.
  • Can play 4 different positions, started as a PG his freshman campaign, and has played PF in smaller line-ups through out his career.
  • Very athletic and very skilled.  Well above average handles, passes extremely well, can finish avove the rim, and has developed into a knock down shooter.
  • Best overall attribute may be his ability to drive and finish strong with either hand.
  • Needs to stay healthy and consistently aggressive.

Summary:  To me perhaps the biggest key to the upcoming season, is that  Davon Reed embrace his role as the #2 option behind Sheldon McClellan.  Sure there will be nights where Angel Rodriguez, Tonye Jekiri, Kamarai Murphy, or James Palmer among others have big nights, but Reed needs to be a consistent force. His game is too good for him to settle in as a 4th or 5th option. He's lights out from distance, but really especially excelled toward the end of last season slashing to the hoop and finishing and/or getting to the line. His efficiency on the offensive end dictates he get more chances.  Reed is also the player most likely to draw the responsibility of guarding the other team's best scorer. The junior from NJ's  length and tenacity as a defender demand it.  Long story short, Reed is going to be a big key to the season on both ends of the floor. Fortunately for Miami, he's got the ability and the mindset to be a big time player. By season's end last year, Reed really blossomed into a spectacular all-around player. That development needs to carry over for this team to achieve it's goals in 2015-16. I expect Reed to score 10-12 ppg, collect 5-6 boards, dish out 2-3 assists, and be one of the most versatile and indispensable players in the entire ACC this coming year.