On Thursday, Jeff Capel will finally find out whether or not Efton Reid will be a future Pitt player, after one of the quietest recruitments from a five-star player in recent history.
But before that decision will be made public, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Reid’s former coach and discussed Reid’s game, off-the-court personality, and more.
Prior to attending IMG Academy for a post-grad season, Reid played for The Steward School, a school in Richmond, Virginia, that is coached by Curt Kassab.
When Kassab first saw Reid play early on in his high school career, he knew he had something special.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Kassab to talk about Reid’s game.
What was your first impression of Efton Reid?
“I just thought he had enormous potential. We spent a lot of time in the gym together working over the three years that he was with me. We did a lot of personal training stuff together as well as my high school team.”
What will Reid bring to the table for his next program?
“He is a very high basketball IQ kid, he learns very quickly, and absorbs things very quickly so he’ll step right in and be a factor somewhere next year.”
What are Reid’s best strengths on the court?
“He’s very skilled. I think he’s the best skilled big man in the country. His back to the basket game is phenomenal. He’s pretty much ambidextrous, so he can go over either shoulder. He has great footwork and great drop steps. Everything about his post game is outstanding and he’s a great passer out of the post.”
How high is Reid’s ceiling?
“He continues to get stronger and his potential is off the charts. He faces up, he shoots the three, he can put the ball on the floor, and he’s going to continue to improve in those areas. He’s got a chance to become really, really special.”
What is Reid like off the court?
“He’s a great leader and a great communicator. Yep Very humble kid. He is laser focused on what he wants to accomplish in his basketball career. I don’t know that I’ve had a kid that’s been that laser focused on what he wants to accomplish and where he wants to go with his ability. He’s very humble and he’s an extremely hard working kid. He’s very, very coachable.”