NEC Rookie of the Year expects to announce new school Monday


After a successful freshman season at Robert Morris in which he averaged 15.1 points, 2.5 redbounds and 2.1 assists assists per game and was a unanimous choice for NEC Rookie of the Year, Marcquise Reed made the decision to leave Robert Morris. In the aftermath the 6-foot-3 guard became one of the more sought-after guards on the transfer “market,” with four schools ultimately doing enough to host Reed on an official visit.

Having already visited UMass, Tulsa and USC, Reed visited Clemson this weekend. And according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Reed expects to announce his decision on Monday with his relationship with the coaching staff being a key factor.

Reed will take Sunday to ponder his decision and will announce it sometime Monday via Twitter. He said there’s no favorite Saturday night and he’s wide open to the four schools on his list. He has been touch with coaches from the other schools and all four are still in the running. He will consider several factors in making his decision.

“Basically how I feel about the coaches, my relationship with the coaches,” Reed said. “How I feel about the players. And where I’m going to play, the style of play that fits me the best.”

Reed will have three seasons of eligibility after sitting out the 2015-16 season, and the season on the sidelines can be beneficial when it comes to getting acclimated to a new system. And each of the remaining four teams would benefit from adding Reed to the fold. Clemson has just one senior in its current backcourt rotation in Jordan Roper, but having Reed and Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell waiting in the wings would definitely make up for that departure.

As for UMass the Minutemen will lose both Jabarie Hinds and Tre Davis at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, and while Reed spent the majority of his time at RMU off the ball he has the ability to be a playmaker on the ball as well. Tulsa, which just missed out on an NCAA tournament berth, has a senior-laden backcourt that will need to make some additions with an eye towards 2016-17.

And while USC doesn’t have a senior in its backcourt, the Trojans can definitely use a guard who scores as efficiently as Reed did as a freshman. Reed can help any of these teams moving forward, beginning with practices during the 2015-16 campaign.