Maryland basketball has extended an offer to 2022 four-star forward Jalen Reed, a a 6-foot-9 forward who spent last season at Oak Hill but has since transferred to Southern California Academy for his senior season. He spent the summer playing with Pro Skills on the EYBL Circuit.
Coming into the summer, Reed was a prospect who was viewed as one to watch, as he presented budding potential due to his versatility and size.
Eric Bossi, National Basketball Director for 247Sports, wrote about Reed back in mid-May:
Ranked as a three-star prospect, Reed feels like his recent step forward has been a combination of opportunity and getting better.
“I definitely feel like it is a mixture of both,” said Reed of his recent improvement. “I feel like I have taken a big step forward and then being in this situation with Pro Skills I’ve gotten a chance to show what I can really do.”
Reed’s father, Justin, was an All-SEC player at Ole Miss before playing in the NBA. Ole Miss offered Jalen back when he was 15, so the relationship between the two is obvious. However, over the last month Reed has received a plethora of high-major offers from the likes of Houston, Florida, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, DePaul, Xavier, Texas Tech, Washington State, Arizona State, California, Vanderbilt and UNLV. The Terps now get themselves in the mix as more prospects and targets are making their college commitments.
In terms of skillset, Reed is a strong finisher at the rim. He uses his size at 6-foot-10 and his athleticism to finish dunks on the majority of his catches in the paint. He shows potential from the perimeter given his ball skills and is comfortable with operating in isolation scenarios against players of similar size. He has quick burst that helps him get an advantage with his first step to get into the paint and cause havoc. There seems to be a hitch in his jumper, but with enough space, Reed uses his length to shoot over his defender and is capable from making shots out to three. He fits the mold that Maryland likes in their forward prospects and still has plenty of room to grow in the development category.
At the moment Maryland is involved with several prospects, but the confidence in them landing any specific player is uncertain. Cam Whitmore, their top priority, just completed an official to North Carolina. He’ll follow with another official to Illinois this weekend and then Miami the following weekend. Whitmore’s father spoke highly of the Carolina visit, but who leads for his son still remains a mystery. Aidan Shaw will make his decision in mid-September and although there hasn’t been any rumor for who is in the lead with him, Missouri appears to be in a good place with the 6-foot-8 wing. Chris Bunch is another target with ties to the area and the coaching staff is still working on getting him on campus for an official.
As for Reed, he’s a hot name right now. Maryland entered into the sweepstakes, but must act swiftly to get him in for an official visit.
Reed ranks as the No. 31 power forward in the 2022 247Sports rankings.
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