When it comes to NCAA Basketball recruitment stories, there are plenty of players who give us regular updates on what will happen. But there are also those who give us nothing before committing to a program out of nowhere. That’s the case of Efton Reid, who may go down in history as one of the quietest recruitments of recent memory.
What’s not “quiet” is how good a player Reid is. He’s a 6’11 frontcourt star from Richmond, Virginia that plays his high school ball at the prestigious IMG Academy. He’s an outstanding post scorer with an ability to spread the floor and can play both center and power forward positions. Reid doesn’t have a real weakness as a college player and could be a “one and done” that’s off to the pros.
A consensus top-30 recruit that 247sportsComposite gives five-stars, Reid and his family has given next to no updates regarding his college future. There was some talk that he might go to the G League route but there are also a group of programs that reportedly have been recruiting the big man throughout this time.
We’ll know soon enough, as a decision date has been set for April 15th. Although there’s no official list of suitors, there have been five that have been repeatedly mentioned. I’ll be taking a look at how Reid fits with each option.
Florida State Seminoles
Head coach Leonard Hamilton has a great history with big men and sending highly-touted freshmen to the NBA Draft. Former five-star freshman Scottie Barnes is a projected lottery pick, while forward Raiquan Gray developed into a pro prospect after three years in the Seminoles system. Reid could play for a contending program and develop, even if it’s just for one year.
The problem would be that Reid would join already the largest roster in the country. Florida State already has five centers 6’10 or bigger and almost all of them will get playing time. Reid may have more raw talent than any of them but at most, he’ll be playing around 20 mpg next season. He also may have to come off the bench in favor of incumbent starter Balša Koprivica.