On Monday, Miami guard Sheldon McClellan was named ACC Player of the Week after averaging 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game in two wins for the Hurricanes.
The back court received more good news besides McClellan’s accolades, as sophomore guard Davon Reed is on track to rejoin the No. 15 team in the country sooner than expected, according to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun-Sentinel.
In early September, Reed was ruled out 4-6 months following surgery on his left knee. The team was intending on having Reed back in the line up until at least January. However, the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Reed took part in warmups on Friday night against South Alabama.
“How quickly we can actually put him in a game. … I talked to him yesterday and said ‘You let me know when you’re ready. I’m ready to put you in tomorrow,'” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga told Cabrera Chirinos. “He’s not ready for that yet. He’s only had maybe an hour and a half of practice, but what Davon provides this team differently is some experience at defending and rebounding the way I want our players to do it.”
Larrañaga is hoping to get Reed back on the floor at some point this month. From the looks of it, the recovery looks to be going well:
Reed, who averaged 6.6 points per game last season, will join a deep perimeter for the Hurricanes with McClellan, Angel Rodriguez, Manu Lecomte (all averaging double figures), Deandre Burnett, James Palmer and freshman Ja’Quan Newton all logging more than 14 minutes per game.
Miami will take on its second ranked opponent this season on Tuesday night, hosting No. 24 Illinois, part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Despite the addition of transfers Angel Rodriguez and Sheldon McClellan and freshmen JaQuan Newton, James Palmer and DeAndre Burnett (who redshirted last season), Miami sophomore guard Davon Reed was expected to be a key member of the perimeter rotation for Jim Larrañaga in 2014-15. The reason why is Reed’s versatility, with his ability to play multiple positions on the perimeter helping the Hurricanes in the depth department.
Unfortunately for Miami they’re going to be without Reed for quite some time, as it was reported by the Associated Press that he’s expected to miss anywhere from four to six months with what the school defined as a “left lower extremity” injury. According to the story Reed suffered the injury during a workout last week.
As a freshman Reed averaged 6.6 points per game, and in the Hurricanes’ four games in Spain last month he accounted for 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
As noted above the Hurricanes have options on the perimeter, something that wasn’t necessarily the case in 2013-14 with Miami having lost most of its rotation from the senior-laden team that won the ACC in 2013. But to lose a player like Reed, who can be plugged into multiple spots on the perimeter, does hurt a team hoping to make a move up the ACC standings in 2014-15.
Miami’s top scorers in Spain were all newcomers, with McClellan averaging 20 points per game and Burnett (14.3 ppg), Newton (13.5) and Palmer (11.5) also in double digits. Rodriguez didn’t play during the trip due to injury.
The University of Miami landed Davon Reed (Princeton Day School/Princeton, N.J.) Friday night, according to multiple sources.
Evan Daniels, of Scout.com tweeted that this information was confirmed by Reed’s AAU coach. Moment’s later Reed tweeted the decision via his personal Twitter account.
“After a very long process, I have decided, to commit to the University of Miami,” tweeted Reed.
Back in August, Reed had trimmed his list of schools down to just three – Wake Forest, Xavier, and Miami. He took a visit to Wake Forest on Sept. 7, and then Miami the following weekend. On Monday, Reed had an in-home visit with Wake Forest.
Miami adds a guard the the it’s 2013 recruiting class , only days after missing out on Mount St. Joseph’s (Md.) Kameron Williams, who committed to Ohio State.
The 6-foot-5 Reed gives the Canes good size out on the perimeter, who will help on both sides of the ball. And according to a report from Adam Zagoria, Reed doesn’t want to go to South Beach alone. Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends School/Washington, D.C.) and Reggie Cameron (Hudson Catholic/Paterson, N.J.) are both heading to Miami on an official visit next week, while Austin Colbert (Gill St. Bernard/Gladstone, N.J.) also has the Canes on his list. Team Final AAU coach Rob Brown told Zagoria Reed wants to recruit them all to Miami.
I know he’s talking to Reggie. I know he’s talked to Josh. Him and Austin are good friends. He’s trying to rangle as many as kids as he can. If they have six scholarships to give, he’s trying to get all of them filled up.
Reed becomes the second commit for head coach Jim Larranaga. Point guard Deandre Burnett (Massanutten Military Academy/Miami, Fl) committed to his hometown team back in March.
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