Most NBA mock drafts had Miami Hurricanes guard Davon Reed going late in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft.
He went much earlier than the so-called experts expected him to go. The Phoenix Suns took him 32nd overall — or the second pick of the second round — making Reed the 20th Hurricane in program history to be drafted and the first since 2013 when Shane Larkin was picked 18th overall by the Atlanta Hawks.
“I’m just at a loss for words,” he said. “So happy, excited and hungry to get out there and be a part of this organization.”
He was called back for a second workout in Phoenix, and worked out there Monday. The Indiana Pacers were the only other team to ask Reed to return for a second workout.
“I know some people labeled me as a 3-and-D kind of guy, and I wanted to show them that I can do a lot of things and create off the dribble,” Reed said. “I’ve put in so much work my entire life, and now this is my time and I’m very excited for this next stage of my career.”
Suns GM Ryan McDonough said: “He’s a blue-collar player. We needed somebody that could defend their position, make open spot-up shots and brought some toughness and grit and reliability. We feel Davon checks all those boxes.”
The 6-6 guard from Ewing, New Jersey, was named to both the All-ACC Third Team and All-Defensive Team as he helped lead the Hurricanes to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as a senior. He concluded his four-year career at UM with 1,343 points, good for 16th on the Hurricanes’ all-time scoring list.
He started 99 games at UM and averaged 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks in 28.1 minutes. He shot 43.0 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent from the line in his career. He ranks fifth all-time in three-point field goal percentage (39.5%) and seventh in three-point field goals made (202).
Reed was the 2017 Skip Prosser Award winner, honoring the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top men’s basketball scholar-athlete.
“My toughness, ability to defend stand out the most,” Reed said of what he feels he can show the NBA. “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.”
▪ UM’s Kamari Murphy will play in the NBA Summer League with his hometown Brooklyn Nets from July 7-11 in Las Vegas, the Nets announced Friday.
“Kamari Murphy is an outstanding athlete. His intensity to play both individual and team defense along with his outstanding rebounding ability make him a strong candidate to make the Brooklyn Nets roster,” UM coach Jim Larrañaga said. “He will impress a lot of NBA scouts this summer. We are very excited for him.”