Another young big man with a physically mature frame, Roselle Catholic (NJ)'s Nazreon Reid doesn't look like a 17 year old and has been a force for UAA power SportsU so far this spring. Standing 6'10 in shoes with a 250-some pound frame and a 7'1 wingspan, Reid's measurements line up fair well with those we have on him from last summer. His dimensions are similar to those of Blake Griffin who measured 6'10 in shoes with a 6'11.5 wingspan and a 248-pound frame at the 2009 NBA Draft Combine when he was coming out of Oklahoma.
Naz Reid ranks among the top long-term prospects in the UAA this season. A long power forward with a mature frame that belies his 17 years of age, Reid is a uniquely strong, skilled prospect that is still learning how to impose his will on games. Nearly averaging a double-double while shooting 42% from beyond the arc, Reid is a massive talent with a potentially very bright future.
New Jersey native Nazreon Reid (#2 Future150) hasn't grown since last October, but has added eight pounds to his impressive (now 223 pound) frame, and still has an excellent 7-1 wingspan and 9-foot standing reach.
One of the most talented players in attendance, Reid nevertheless didn't make it past the first roster cuts, as he doesn't seem to have a great understanding of what his strengths and weaknesses are on the floor, and too often got caught up in trying to show off his perimeter skills. Reid himself told us he views himself as a perimeter player, not a power forward, and from a skills standpoint, we can see why he feels that way. He can handle the ball smoothly, is a capable 3-point shooter with his feet set, and has outstanding footwork, body control and natural scoring instincts for a player his size. Some of the most impressive plays of the week belonged to him, including going coast to coast off a defensive rebound, pulling off impressive spin moves, and finishing with both hands around the basket with some nice oomph off two feet.
Unfortunately, he was also responsible for some not so pretty moments as well, forcing the issue badly at times freezing out his teammates, committing wild turnovers, and jacking up bad shots early in the offense. If Reid can develop his basketball IQ and ability to fit within a team concept to match his extremely impressive talent-level, we're almost certainly looking at a future NBA player as a versatile and skilled power forward. But he'll need some good coaching and plenty of guidance to get there, as he didn't always leave the best impression, and it was not particularly surprising to see him eventually released from the roster considering what USA Basketball is looking to accomplish from a team standpoint.
Still, it's important to remember that he is only 15 years old
We talked to him about as development as a basketball player and much more in the following interview: