No matter how much Ginsberg says that the timing of the suit should not impact Wells in terms of his performance on and off the court, and his relationship with Maryland coaches and officials, I believe it could. How much might determine the kind of junior season Wells has, and given his importance to the team, the kind of year the Terps have as well.
What can Maryland fans expect from new commitment Trayvon Reed?
Matt Bracken: Like his 2014 Maryland classmates, Trayvon Reed is a consensus four-star prospect. According to most recruiting services, the 7-foot-1 center is ranked below combo guard Melo Trimble and shooting guard Dion Wiley, and above small forward Jared Nickens. The Snellville, Ga., native joins a Terps class currently ranked third nationally by 247Sports.
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But unlike Trimble and probably Wiley, Reed – despite his rankings – is considered more of a developmental prospect. I caught up with Justin Young, a longtime Georgia-based scout, for his impressions of Reed’s game.
“He’s unique,” said Young, a former Rivals.com analyst who launched HoopSeen.com in April. “If you look around the country, there are just not a lot guys with that kind of length. Basketball is a very long game. When you get a guy like that that comes around, you get excited about what kind of impact he can make on the game. That’s the thing with Trayvon that’s kind of interesting. We watched him a lot in the high school season. Probably one out of five games, he’d leave you with something [really impressive]. The other four, you leave going, ‘I don’t know.’ You kind of wait to see for yourself.”
During the AAU season, however, Reed started living up to the hype. Playing with the Orlando-based Each 1 Teach 1 program, Reed was surrounded by talented prospects and was able to focus more on his strengths.
Young said what Reed did best was, “stand really tall, use that length and protect the rim. He had good moments with them. When you’re playing with guys like that, you see what he could be. It gives you a better vision for what Maryland sees in him. He’s a pretty good rim protector. We saw that finally in July. It was a long time coming.”
Reed will “never … be a guy that goes out there and scores 30 points a night,” but Young thinks it’s reasonable to expect the future Terp to occasionally put up “15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks in high school.” His offensive game is currently restricted to five feet from the basket, but his defense and rebounding are coming along at a potentially elite level.
Young thinks Maryland is an excellent fit for Reed because of Mark Turgeon’s ability to instill “better mental toughness” in players. If the Terps “bring him along slowly,” Reed could develop into an excellent post presence in College Park.
“The goal for him is to be the leading shotblocker in their conference and he can certainly do that,” Young said. “That comes with understanding the timing that comes with better footwork, better toughness. If you’ve got the leading shotblocker in the conference, that’s worth eight-to-10 points. That’s going to be the goal of the coaching staff, how to develop him into that. He’s got all the tools to be that guy. Getting a guy like Reed is a big deal.”