New head coach Will Wade continues to get it done on the recruiting trail, as the LSU Tigers have locked in another elite recruit. This time, it’s power forward Nazreon Reid, who committed to the Tigers on Tuesday. Reid announced the move on his personal Twitter account.
The skinny on Nazreon Reid is that he’s a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward entering his senior year of high school. Reid attends Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, New Jersey, embedded in the northern part of the state near Elizabeth, Union and just south of Newark.
Reid is the top player in the Garden State. He is ahead of quite a few other talented players. Louis King and Jahvon Quinerly, both of whom attend Hudson Catholic are up there at No. 2 and No. 3, as well as their teammate Luther Muhammad at No. 5. Immaculate Conception four-star Jalen Carey rounds out the top five at No. 4.
Reid is the third-ranked power forward in the class of 2018. Vermont Academy’s Simisola Shittu currently leads that group at No. 1. Reggie Perry is No. 2, and that name is quite familiar in SEC circles. He was previously committed to Arkansas, but decommitted and then recommitted to Mississippi State. Lastly, it must be noted that Naz Reid is the 15-best player in the country. He is just outside of a loaded Top 10 featuring R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Romeo Langford, Cameron Reddish, Tre Jones, Darius Garland, Bol Bol and Immanuel Quickley.
Naz held offers from quite a few high-major programs prior to his commitment to the Tigers. Kentucky, namely, was in hot pursuit of him. That makes this quite a big win for Wade against ace recruiter John Calipari. Several area schools were in on Reid, including Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova and UConn while Kansas, Arizona and Louisville were pursuers as well.
In getting Reid, LSU gets a big man who will certainly help a depth issue down low with the team looking much more guard and wing-oriented heading into 2018. In addition, LSU will get an extremely gifted player who has shown an ability to shoot inside and out beyond the 3-point line too.
Wade has now pulled in two elite players for his class of 2018. Reid joins five-star guard Ja’Vonte Smart, who committed back on June 30. This most recent addition vaults LSU’s class up to seventh in the 2018 recruiting rankings (via 247Sports). They are currently ahead of such programs like Louisville, Maryland, Michigan and North Carolina.
Additionally, the Tigers’ 2018 class ranks No. 1 in the SEC right now.