Naz Reid Cuts to Two, Robert Phinisee to Indiana, More Notes

NAZ REID Photo | Kelly Kline | Under Armour

Roselle Catholic (NJ) 2018 five-star forward Naz Reid will choose between two programs, Arizona or LSU. Kentucky, UCLA, Seton Hall, Kansas and Louisville missed the final cut.

The No. 10-ranked player in the 2018 247Sports Composite Rankings, Reid officially visited LSU at the end of June.

“It was good,” Reid told ZAGSBLOG of his visit. “The school was bigger than I thought it was. There were a lot of interesting things. I saw the football stadium is big, the basketball court is big. The team is very family united, I like that. That’s a big thing. I feel like there’s a lot family-wise going on there.”

Reid is scheduled to officially visit Arizona starting September 8th. AAU teammate Jahvon Quinerly committed to the Wildcats earlier this month.

“Yeah, no doubt we could go to school together,” Reid said about potentially teaming up with Quinerly. “I love the way he plays, he loves the way I play. He’s like my brother. Of course, we talk about a lot together. I see a lot of potential in him, and he sees a lot of potential in me. We both just have a lot of feel for each other, so why not?”

Reid has also grown close to LSU commit Javonte Smart who said he has been actively recruiting the 6-foot-9 five-star forward. The two know one another from USA Basketball and an adidas Select team that participated in EUROCAMP Italy.

“We’re real close,” Smart told NOLA. “That’s my man and I’m just trying to get him to come over here with me.”

While playing with Sports U on the Under Armour Grassroots Circuit, Reid averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists over the 14-game summer schedule.

Phinisee To Indiana:

Lafayette (IN) McCutcheon High 2018 four-star point guard Robert Phinisee announced his commitment to Indiana University and head coach Archie Miller.

“First I would like to thank my family for supporting and believing in me,” Phinisee said in an announcement via Twitter. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and been with me throughout this process. I would like to thank all the coaches that have taken the time to recruit me.

“I want to thank Indiana Elite for giving me the exposure I needed to achieve my dream of playing college basketball, Phinisee continued. “I also like to thank the McCutcheon community for always being supportive in what I do. With all that being said, I am very excited to announce that I have committed to Indiana University! #GOHOOSIERS.”

Phinisee joins four-star wing Damezi Anderson and four-star forward Jerome Hunter as the third member of Indiana’s current 2018 class. With Phinisee’s pledge, Indiana now has the fourth best recruiting class nationally, second best in the Big-Ten.

 Other Notes:

  • Top 10 five-star Simi Shittu recently cut his list of schools to 10: Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, UConn and Vanderbilt. Shittu recently told D1Vision six of those schools were working the hardest, including one that he has yet to receive an offer from, Kentucky. Expect two or three visits to occur during the fall.
  • Duke retained the top overall recruiting class title for the second consecutive year, third in the last four, with the decision by Marvin Bagley to reclassify and join the Blue Devils for the coming season. The Blue Devils toppled Kentucky from the top spot. Bagley — the number one overall prospect in the 2017 final player rankings — joined fellow five-stars Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr.
  • Mitchell Robinson may be the next five-star to never step on a college campus for his freshman year following a report on Sunday from FanRags. Robinson is reportedly considering skipping college altogether to prepare for the 2018 NBA Draft. The five-star and McDonald’s All-American could be the next in-line following Immanuel Mudiay’s decision to go overseas for one-year prior to being drafted seventh in the 2015 NBA Draft. ESPN’s latest 2018 Mock Draft has Mitchell as the 18th overall pick.
  • Speaking of mock drafts, ESPN released their updated 2018 NBA Mock Draft late last week. Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. retains the top spot with Marvin Bagley going second. Arizona freshman DeAndre Ayton, International star Luka Doncic and Texas A&M sophomore Robert Williams round out the top five. Find the entire Mock Draft here.
  • Rising 2018 four-star combo guard David Duke recently released a final five of Providence, Indiana, Florida, Villanova and Virginia Tech. Providence is the current leader on the 247Sports CrystalBall holding 100% of all votes cast. Dukes teammate with Mass Rivals, A.J. Reeves, committed to Providence in June.
  • In-home visits will occur in waves beginning September 9 and ending November 5. College coaches will crisscross the country attempting to lock in recruits for the upcoming class. Expect lots of updates here on D1Vision as scheduled visits become available.


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