Paul
Reed
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-9 / 220 lbs
School/Club: DePaul
Status: Junior
Birthday: 06/14/1999

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About Paul Reed

Paul Reed is an athletic forward with terrific length and budding versatility who stuffed the stat sheet as a junior at DePaul.  The son of former European pro Paul Reed, he was regarded as a fringe top-250 prospect in the high school class of 2017 following his senior year at Wekiva High School (FL).  Playing a minor role as a freshman under Head Coach Dave Leitao, Reed broke out as a sophomore earning Big East Most Improved Player honors. 

Taking another significant step forward as a junior, the Orlando native averaged 15.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game to earn All-Big East 2nd Team honors.

  • Standing 6-foot-9 with a lanky 220-pound frame and impressive length, Reed has good size for a power forward though he played quite a bit of center last season.  A mobile, bouncy athlete, his tools shined at times on both ends last season.  
     
  • Doing a little bit of everything for a team that played extremely fast, Reed proved most effective as a finisher running the floor, crashing the glass, rolling to the rim, and catching lobs.  Getting some opportunities in the post and as a floor spacer, his skill level is a work in progress.
     
  • Tallying blocks, steals, and rebounds at an impressive rate defensively, Reed was a clear difference maker on that end of the floor for stretches.  He is still learning how to be consistent in some ways, but has appealing tools and some instincts as a playmaker.

Defensive Analysis

  • A gifted athlete with the size, length, and speed to be a factor in a variety of ways, Reed is a promising defender.  Allowing 0.78 points per post up possession [59th percentile] and 0.55 points per isolation possession [78th percentile], he is not the most physical defender at this stage as his frame is still filling out but flashes solid lateral speed sliding on the perimeter.  
     
  • Showing a sense of urgency on the glass, Reed has some natural instincts, but is still maturing in many ways on the defensive end as he is a work in progress off the ball and has some difficulty staying out of foul trouble.


Career Highlights

  • Selected to the 2019-20 All-Big East Second Team and NABC All-District Team as a junior.
  • 2018-19 Big East Most Improved Player as a sophomore after leading the conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg).
  • Two-time member of the Big East All-Academic Team.


Junior (2019-20)

  • Averaged 15.1 points and ranked second in the Big East in rebounding (10.7), blocks (2.55) and steals (1.86).
  • Tied for seventh in the country with 18 double-doubles.
  • Scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Xavier in the Big East Tournament (March 11).
  • Tallied 24 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and three steals vs. Providence (Jan. 4).
  • Finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and five steals at Villanova (Jan. 14).
  • Had a near triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks at Minnesota (Nov. 29). 


Strengths

  • Defensive-minded big man with very good agility.
  • Rebounds, challenges shots and runs the floor.
  • Has steadily improved his offensive game.
  • Shows potential as a floor spacer.


Personal

  • Father, Paul, played collegiately at Old Dominion and Central Florida and professionally in Europe.
  • His uncle Mike Sims-Walker played four seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver.
  • Has four sisters.


Quotable

"He’s so long, and he’s hard to box out. He’s hard to find. In the most positive ways, he’s awkward about how he does things. He scores in unconventional ways. … You don’t have to run a bunch of plays for him to be in the middle of all the action."

– DePaul coach Dave Leitao