Is it too early to talk about an extension for Will Wade? He hasn’t coached a game yet and has already elevated this team to an unforeseen level. After doing last-minute work to finish out his 2017 class, Wade turned his attention to 2018, nabbing in-state, four-star guard Javonte Smart and today received even larger news, literally and figuratively. Naz Reid, a 6’10” 240-pound forward out of New Jersey and top-20 recruit according to ESPN announced his commitment to the Tigers over the Arizona Wildcats. Wade can also dish out an assist to women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas. Raven Farley, an incoming freshman for the Lady Tigers, is the girlfriend of Reid, which I can only imagine played a big part.
Who Is Naz Reid?
Simply put, he is a beast that even Marshawn Lynch would be proud of. At 6’11” and a larger frame than your prototypical bigs these days, Naz does things a guy his size shouldn’t be able to do. He has great handles for a big, combined with three-point range, excellent athleticism and an array of post moves makes him a flat-out nightmare to guard on offense. When you watch highlights of talented bigs in high school, they mostly revolve around some variety of dunks, from alley-oops to putbacks. And while Naz’s film is peppered with that, he shows off the previously listed attributes on a number of occasions. Defense isn’t shown much in these videos, but he has already shown the ability to be a shot-blocking presence and can be a solid rebounder due to his strength and size.
What This Means for LSU
It may be too early to count the chickens before they hatch, but Will Wade could be poised for a deep run in March for the 2018-19 season. With Javonte Smart already in this class and Oregon bigman transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams sitting out this year, Wade has three starters set for that 2018 squad. Add in the fact that he leads or is among the leaders for other players like Darius Days, Josh LeBlanc, Kaden Archie and Emmitt Williams and Wade has the potential to put together one of the best classes that LSU basketball has seen.