On Wednesday morning, the ACC announced that Miami Hurricanes G Davon Reed is the recipient of the 2017 Skip Prosser Award. This award, named in honor of the late Wake Forest Coach, is given annually to the top men’s basketball scholar-athlete.
Reed is the second Hurricanes player to receive this award since its inception in 2008. He joins 2009 Prosser Award winner Jack McClinton in earning this honor.
For more details about Reed and the Skip Prosser Award, here is the full press release on this announcement, from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami senior Davon Reed is the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2017 Skip Prosser Award, Commissioner John Swofford announced Wednesday. The Skip Prosser Award is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball.
Reed, a 6-6, 200-pound senior from Ewing, N.J., will graduate in May with a degree in sports administration and double minors in communications and marketing. A three-time All-ACC Academic selection, he is also one of four of the league’s top 20 scorers to be named to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team.
"Davon Reed is the epitome of what a great student-athlete is all about,” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga said. “He’s been our captain for the last three seasons because of his tremendous leadership qualities. He has been a Dean's List student since the day he arrived on our Miami campus. He’s not only a great student, but he’s also a tremendous basketball player. Davon is a complete player. He can score at the rim or from 3-point range, and he’s a relentless defender and rebounder.
“But what separates Davon from other great student-athletes is his leadership off the court, on campus and in the community. He works tirelessly with the youngsters in Coral Gables and has been an inspirational leader for our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Skip Prosser would have loved to have coached Davon. Skip would be happy to have Davon's name on his award for the role model he’s been the last four years."
Named an ACC Postgraduate Scholar for the 2016-17 Academic Year, Reed is also a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court. He has been named Academic All-District 4 by the College Sports Information Directors of America, which makes him eligible for Academic All-America honors. Reed has been named to the Dean’s List, Athletics Director honor roll and is a Book Buster at Miami, and is a member of the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Reed ranks among the top ACC players in five statistical categories. He is 17th in scoring, eighth in free throw percentage, ninth in 3-point field goals made and fourth in minutes played. He joined Miami’s 1,000-point club earlier this season and has helped lead the Hurricanes to a 20-9 record and No. 25 national ranking.
In addition, Reed is an elementary school pen pal, has volunteered at the Miami Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter and is an intern in the athletics marketing department.
Davon Reed is known as Mr. Dependable on the men’s basketball team, due to his professionalism in his daily life and the consistent leadership he provides to his teammates. He chose to attend the University of Miami for its mix of academics as well as athletics, after attending Princeton Day School, where his peers are accepted to Ivy League schools. As a sophomore Reed was dealt an injury that could have cost him an entire season, but with his work ethic and determination, he only missed eight games that season.
The Skip Prosser Award is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball. It is named in memory of Wake Forest head basketball coach George Edward “Skip” Prosser, who passed away on July 26, 2007. Prosser compiled a 291-146 career record in 14 seasons as a head coach, including a 126-68 mark in his six years with Wake Forest. Every Wake Forest senior he coached graduated, and the Deacons placed nine players on the annual All-ACC Academic Basketball Team during his tenure
To be nominated for the Skip Prosser Award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better – both in his career and in the previous two semesters. Sixty percent of the award is based on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishments.
Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds (2008), Miami guard Jack McClinton (2009), Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse (2010), North Carolina center Tyler Zeller (2011 and 2012), Duke center Mason Plumlee (2013), Pitt guard Cameron Wright (2014) and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige (2015 and 2016) are past Skip Prosser Award recipients.