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Dukes Pursue Versatile Forward Paul Reed

“Duquesne offered me about a week ago,” stated 6-foot-8 inch Apopka (FL) Wekieva High School forward Paul Reed. “Clemson and Murray State just came through with offers as well.”

Reed’s recruitment had been relatively light until he exploded onto the scene at the Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas, averaging 18 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. “I have scholarship offers from Duquesne, Kansas State, Clemson, Murray State and Central Florida,” he said. “Right now, Duquesne and Kansas State are standing out to me.”

Reed stood 6-foot- 6 inches as a varsity starter a year ago. He had a rapid growth spurt and few colleges expected to see an athletic 6-foot- 8 forward in Las Vegas. “I bring energy to the basketball court. I feel like I do it all. I do everything for my high school team,” he said. “I pass, rebound, score and get steals. I do whatever it takes to help my team win. I’m a basketball player. I’m going to start at the 3 (small forward) for my high school but most people see me as a combo-forward.”

When asked what he’s most looking for in a college basketball program, he stated, “I want to play as a freshman. That’s important to me. I want to play for a high energy team with a good fan base and arena.”

“I definitely want to visit Duquesne and learn more about their program,” he said. “I would say Duquesne is the only school so far I know for sure I’m going to visit.” Reed indicated that he won’t make a final decision until after his senior season is completed.

Harry Psaros can be found on twitter @PittGuru

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