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August 13, 2014

Freshman Nazreon Reid full of potential

New Jersey always produces great players and several Garden State products were on display at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp last weekend at Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day.

Asbury Park, N.J., native Nazreon Reid didn't waste much time in showcasing an advanced game to go with his 6-foot-9, 201-pound frame and impressive athleticism. Reid can drive to the basket, run the floor like a guard, block shots, rebound and score inside. He also is showing the potential of shooting jump shots out to three-point range. All of those skills and he has yet to spend a day at high school yet.

Reid plans to attend Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and he'll already have a handful of college offers under his belt before the first day of classes. Reid claimed offers from NC State, Wake Forest (in seventh grade by previous staff), Maryland, Seton Hall, Iowa and Fairleigh Dickinson. His 16-point, 7-rebound performance in the DunkDog.com All-American Game helped show why.

"NC State just offered me during this camp," said Reid, 14. "It was a great experience to get the offer, and it shows if you play hard and work hard, it can happen.

"[Having the offers] is great and most people don't have this. You have to keep getting better. Everyone tries to find a successful path and basketball is mine. I'm looking forward to learning a lot about NC State."

Reid is part of the Sports U/Team Izod traveling program and will get to play with some of his teammates at Roselle Catholic. The big man will also play with and learn from No. 13-ranked senior guard Isaiah Briscoe, who was once an eighth-grade prodigy himself. Senior power forward Chris Silva and junior point guard Asante Gist are also talented players at Roselle Catholic.

"It's going to be good playing with Briscoe," Reid said. "I like the way he plays. I know Asante Gist too. They are saying we'll have the best freshmen at Roselle Catholic."

Reid wants to further enhance his blossoming perimeter skills, and he credits his family for helping him stay grounded.

"It's good now, but I want it to be even better," Reid said. "My father and mom, my coaches and my friends tell me to do the right things."

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