As the season rolls on for Roselle Catholic, Asbury Park freshman Nazreon Reid’s role for the national power continues to expand, as interest from the best college basketball programs in the country builds.
It was a high-profile weekend for the Lions, beginning with Friday’s showdown against Montverde (Fla.) Academy, No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25, in front of a sellout crowd at Kean University in Union.
In that game, a 71-64 loss to a Montverde team coached by former St. Patrick’s head man Kevin Boyle in the Metro Classic, Reid finished with five points, including a first-quarter dunk that was highlight reel material.
Sunday brought a nationally televised showdown with Our Savior New American School from Long Island in the Nike Zoom City Classic, with the game played on an LED court in a pop-up arena Nike constructed in Soho as part of the NBA All-Star game weekend.
This time it was Reid, a 6-9 forward, showing his improved ability on defense, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking a shot, while chipping in with four points. In addition, Monmouth recruit Pierre Sarr added five points and four rebounds.
All this comes after Reid had the best game of his career, a 13-point effort that included a pair of three-pointers, in the Lions’ win over Paterson East Side in the PrimeTime Shootout last week.
A week earlier, Reid contributed five points and four rebounds as the Lions (19-3) reaffirmed their status as the top team in New Jersey with a 61-46 victory over Linden, avenging an earlier defeat.
Reid already has scholarship offers from Seton Hall, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina State, Maryland and Iowa State, with several other schools poised to throw their names into the mix as his first season of high school basketball continues.
Staff writer Stephen Edelson is an Asbury Park Press columnist: email@example.com; Twitter: @SteveEdelsonAPP