In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, analysts try to find pro comparisons for college players. Davon Reed is a hard-working, 6-foot-6 guard with mobility and long arms that help him defend a variety of players.
Jim Larranaga says to make an NBA roster, Reed needs to “just be Davon Reed,” but even he has no problem playing the comp game.
“I look at a couple guys who have been in the league,” Larranaga said last Wednesday, sitting down with The Post during the ACC spring meetings at Amelia Island. “A guy like Kent Bazemore is in the league because he really could defend, he was an energetic guy, great teammate, hustle guy. Davon has a lot of those same qualities, but I think he has more offensive skills than Kent had coming out of college.
“Another guy: James Jones. Davon can’t shoot quite as well as James Jones, but James Jones is just a winner. He comes out of the Miami basketball program with a unique personality. He’s just positive all the time. I think LeBron [James] said he’s the best teammate you can ever ask for. That’s Davon.”
Larranaga said the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors “have been the most vocal in telling me ‘Hey, we’ve got our eye on him.'”
Where might Reed, an excellent defender who averaged 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds a game as a senior, be drafted?
The Ringer’s mock draft slotted him at No. 53 to Boston Celtics, calling him a “hard-working player whose extremely long wingspan” — 7-foot, on a frame that measured 6-5.5 at the NBA combine — “gives him the potential to defend up to four positions.” The Ringer projected that Reed, should he reach his maximum pro potential, could be a player reminiscent of veterans Danny Green, Iman Shumpert or Quincy Pondexter.
DraftExpress, which ranks him No. 82 overall, compared Reed’s wingspan-height combo to that of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Moe Harkless, “which gives him nice positional versatility to go along with his career [40 percent 3-point shooting] and positive assist-to-turnover ratio.” DraftExpress said his “well-developed frame and good athletic tools provides Reed with considerable intrigue as a prospect, especially considering the potential he’s shown as a jump-shooter.”
Larranaga’s thoughts on his other outgoing senior, forward Kamari Murphy, who is projected to go undrafted:
“He has to rely on his agent researching every team and what they need, and figure out if there’s a way for Kamari to be like a Kenneth Fareid: great defender, great rebounder, can block some shots, not a guy who’s going to do a lot of scoring for you, but’s going to give you a great effort every day in practice,” Larranga said. “Kind of like what [former Hurricane] DeQuan Jones did his first year out of college going to the Orlando Magic.”