2017 NBA Draft: Davon Reed taken 32nd overall by Phoenix Suns

Davon Reed and the Hurricanes get a Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Davon Reed became Miami’s first NBA draft pick since 2014. (Getty Images)

For the first time in three seasons, an NBA team drafted a Hurricane.

And did so sooner than many expected.

The Suns chose Davon Reed, the versatile, tough-defending wing who was a four-year standout for UM, in the second round with the 32nd overall pick.

That was 12 slots higher than one prominent analyst, ESPN’s Chad Ford, who projected Reed to go 44th overall to the New York Knicks. A handful of national websites projected Reed as a late second-rounder. Others saw him going undrafted.

But Reed, who worked out for the Suns twice before the draft, impressed with his maturity and versatility.

“An older player, a long, athletic wing who plays smart and plays really hard on both ends of the floor,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said after the pick was announced. “A guy who’s 6-6, but a 7-foot wingspan. He’s poised. He knows his role. He can really have a good game without being a gigantic contributor on the offensive end. A good finisher. He’s got a smooth jump shot, quick release, and you can use him in pick-and-role as a scorer or a facilitator. He can catch and shoot. He had a really good year for Miami.”

UM coach Jim Larranaga agreed. “He is a winner,” he said via text message, reaction to Reed’s selection.

Reed is the first Cane to be drafted since Shane Larkin in 2014 and 20th drafted player in Miami history. Larkin was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the Atlanta Hawks. He is now playing in Spain.

Miami has put 12 players in the NBA, Larkin included. Last year, James Jones (drafted 2004) and Sheldon Mac (formerly McClellan; free agent signee in 2016) were the Canes’ active alums.

Phoenix, a young team which finished 24-58 and last in the Western Conference last year, could use Reed’s shooting and defense off the bench leading scorer Devin Booker.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Reed averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior, hitting 39.7 percent of his threes. In 131 college games, he averaged 10.3, 3.6 and 1.7 and shot 39.5 percent from deep.

Reed played point guard his freshman year out of necessity — UM, under NCAA scholarship sanctions, didn’t have one — played a great deal of small forward the next two years and moved to his natural position, shooting guard, full-time as a senior. He was asked to defend positions 1-through-4, an assignment UM coaches trusted him to do because of his athleticism, attention to detail and long arms (he has a 6-foot, 10.5-inch wingspan).

CBS Sports gave the pick a “B” grade, commenting that Reed gives Phoenix “great size on the wing” and has “potential as a nice ‘3-and-D’ guy.”

He became the third senior drafted in the first 32 picks. It was a freshman-heavy draft. Before Reed, 18 of the first 31 picks left college after one season.

Reed is the 10th UM draft pick since 1989, when the NBA adopted a two-round format.

Miami’s first-round club: Rick Barry (second overall, 1966), Shane Larkin (18th, 2014), Tim James (25th, 2000) and John Salmons (26th, 2003). UM produced second-rounders in 2010 (Dwayne Collins, 60th), 2009, (Jack McClinton, 51st), 2006 (Guillermo Diaz, 52nd) and 2003 (James Jones, 49th). The Hurricanes’ other draft picks since the rebirth of the program in 1985 came in 1995 (Constantin Popa, 53rd), 1991 (Joe Wylie, 38th) and 1988 (Tito Horford, 39th).

Former teammate Ja’Quan Newton, a UM senior:

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