University of Miami shooting guard Davon Reed will gather with friends and family in Ewing, New Jersey, on Thursday night, watch the NBA Draft and hope that the experts who have him projected as a second-round pick are correct.
He worked out for 16 teams over the past few weeks and was called back for second workouts with Indiana and Phoenix, which he views as promising.
Through the process, Reed has gotten a taste of the NBA road life, as he traveled from Milwaukee to Brooklyn to Los Angeles (Lakers and Clippers), to Indiana to Miami to Orlando to Golden State, back to Indiana to Dallas to Boston to Phoenix to Memphis to Detroit to New Orleans to Philadelphia, back to Phoenix to New York, where he had his final workout with the Knicks on Wednesday.
“They want to see your motor, see how hard you work, see how you push through the fatigue with all the travel,” Reed said. “They also want to see if you’re vocal on the court, if you have leadership skills. I feel like I’ve been using my motor to my advantage. I’m not afraid to speak on the court. That’s a characteristic I’ve had since I was young, and it carried over at UM.”
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A 6-5 shooting guard with a 7-foot wingspan, Reed can defend four positions and has earned a reputation as an outstanding three-point shooter. He averaged 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in college. Some have compared him to former Hurricane James Jones, who was drafted 49th in 2003 and is still in the league 14 years later with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Reed is predicted at No. 57 by ESPN Insider and No. 62 by Draft Express.
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla told the Miami Herald: “Odds are [Reed] will have a nice career in Europe. He is a high-character kid. Kind of a jack of all trades. He’s a classic D-league All-Star. When he gets to 25 or 26, you could look up one day and see him scoring 18 points for the Trail Blazers.
“There are teams that like him as middle to late second-rounder. The poster boy for Reed would be [Heat small forward] Rodney McGruder, who has that same kind of toughness.”
Reed, a scholar-athlete who graduated with honors, is prepared for any scenario.
“I am hopeful and expecting good things on Thursday,” Reed said. “My time is finally here. There’s nothing more I can do at this point.”
Even if he doesn’t get drafted, Reed remains optimistic. He has been in contact with former UM teammate Sheldon McClellan (now Sheldon Mac), who went undrafted and wound up with the Washington Wizards.
“Of course, I’d love to hear my name; but it’s more important to wind up in the right situation, with the right team,” Reed said. “I’m just trying to enjoy the process. It’s an honor be in this position.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.