Will former Hurricanes shooting guard Davon Reed hear his name called Thursday?
That’s certainly up for debate. One veteran NBA scout told The Post that Reed is draftable as a ready-to-play prospect who shoots 3s and plays good defense, but may not have the upside to warrant a selection Thursday, when the draft commences in Brooklyn (7 p.m., ESPN). Teams may wish to use a draft pick on a player they perceive to have a higher ceiling, and let Reed scrap his way into the league as a free agent, as former teammate Sheldon (McClellan) Mac did last year.
Another NBA scout said Reed’s potential is as a reserve defender, but he “has to shoot the 3-ball better.” The scout liked Reed’s “high IQ,” ability to defend multiple positions and “make the right play,” but said he needs to improve his ball-handling, is “not athletic and doesn’t play above the rim. He’s trending toward playing small forward which makes him small [6-foot-6, 205 pounds] for the position.”
After 6:15 p.m. Thursday — less than an hour before the draft was set to begin, a mock draft by ESPN’s Chad Ford had Reed going in the second round, No. 44 overall, to the New York Knicks.
That would put Reed back in the northeast. He’s a native of Ewing, N.J., a suburb of Trenton about 35 miles northeast of Philadelphia and about 70 miles southwest of Madison Square Garden. Reed attended Princeton Day School and played AAU for Philly-based Team Final.
Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo ranks Reed No. 46 among all prospects. He wrote:
Another player who fits the in-demand 3-and-D mold, Reed is receiving interest in the second round thanks to his proven three-point shooting and ability to contain on the perimeter. He doesn’t have high-end upside, but he has the baseline skills to fill an NBA role without too much extra projection. Reed shot 39.5% for his career from three at Miami and has a 7’0” wingspan that helps him defend different types of players on the perimeter. He’s not a high-upside play, but he’s a solid athlete and should be able to cut it within a role the next level.
As of Thursday morning, ESPN’s Ford and DraftExpress considered Reed a second-rounder, though NBA.com cut Reed in the last three days. On June 19, the website’s mocked him No. 59 overall to the San Antonio Spurs. Its June 22 projection doesn’t include him.
Last month, UM coach Jim Larranaga told The Post he compares Reed to NBA players Kent Bazemore and James Jones, for different reasons.
“[Bazemore] is in the league because he really could defend, he was an energetic guy, great teammate, hustle guy,” Larranaga said. “Davon has a lot of those same qualities, but I think he has more offensive skills than Kent had coming out of college.
A roundup of Reed’s standing in last-minute NBA mock drafts:
CBS Sports: undrafted
DraftExpress: second round, No. 53 overall, Boston Celtics; ranked No. 62 among all prospects
ESPN.com: second round, No. 60 overall, Atlanta Hawks
NBADraft.net: undrafted; ranked No. 70 among all players