Former University of Miami guard Davon Reed is scheduled to interview with the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards on Friday at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, he told the Herald in a video interview:
Reed, who said he is “embracing the underdog role,” already interviewed with several teams at the Portsmouth Invitational a few weeks ago. He isn’t paying attention to mock drafts, and hopes his maturity on and off the court will stand out among younger players. He has been talking to former UM teammate Sheldon McClellan (now with the Wizards) every day, and heeding his advice to leave it all on the floor at the Combine.
“I'm not worrying about who gets drafted ahead of me,” he said. “It's just my job to continue to show being in college for four years, my experience, I'm ready to play now. Hopefully teams can see that. I feel like some teams are beginning to see that not just from myself, but all the other upperclassmen. If I can continue to improve and show the things, my chances (to play in NBA) are good."
He feels his skillset will prove valuable in the NBA: “My toughness, ability to defend stand out the most. Being able to talk, be vocal, not necessarily lead a team in steals or blocks, but making it tough for opponents to score, making them uncomfortable is what I'm aiming to do.”
Reed has been training in Las Vegas as he awaits the June 22 draft. “I'm taking it one day at a time. Right now I don't have a true home. I'm in Las Vegas, training, working out. It's exciting. It's a little bit scary at the same time. I've just go to take it one day at time. Wherever I'm blessed to be, I'll be looking forward to it take it like a champ every day.”
He went through measurements and 5-v-5 scrimmages on Thursday. Reed was on a team that included Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson), Tyler Dorsey (Oregon), Derrick Walton, Jr. (Michigan), PJ Dozier (South Carolina), Isaiah Hicks (North Carolina), Frank Jackson (Duke), Semi Ojeleye (SMU), Thomas Welsh (UCLA) and Thomas Bryant (Indiana). One of his assistant coaches was legend Ralph Sampson, who starred at the University of Virginia when UM coach Jim Larranaga was an assistant there.
Reed felt he “did well” in the scrimmage, grabbed a few rebounds, played solid defense, made good decisions, and also scored. His goal going into the Combine was to show coaches and scouts his versatility.
Reed’s vitals: Body Fat (6.5 percent), Hand Length (9.25 inches), Hand Width (9.5 inches), Height without shoes (6 feet, 4.5 inches), Height with shoes (6 feet, 5.5 inches), Standing Reach (8 feet, 6 inches), Wingspan (7 feet). He graduated from UM with a degree in Sports Administration and double minor in marketing and communications, carried a 3.34 GPA and received numerous academic honors. Reed’s graduation ceremony was Friday, but he missed it for the Combine.
The Combine continues through Saturday.
Herald writer Manny Navarro contributed to this report.