MIAMI — Davon Reed’s name isn’t included in most NBA mock drafts. But it’s not the first time he’s been doubted.
“No matter how high I may get or whatever my status might be, I’ve always embraced that [underdog] role since I was a young kid,” Reed said earlier this month at the NBA draft combine. “I like that role — being able to prove people wrong and just showing what I can do.”
Reed finished his Hurricanes career with the 16th-most points in program history with 1,343 points. The 6-foot-6 guard also ranked seventh in 3-point field goals made with 202 and he started 99 of the 131 games he played in.
But Reed’s senior season was his best at Miami. He averaged a career-high 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes to the NCAA Tournament this past season.
“I’m not worrying about who gets drafted ahead of me,” said Reed, who has been training for the NBA in Las Vegas. “It’s just my job to continue to show that with being in college for four years and my experience, I’m ready to play now.”
Some NBA teams already have Reed on their radars whether it’s in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga told the Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter that the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors “have been the most vocal in telling me ‘Hey, we’ve got our eye on him.’”
Reed said at the combine that he has not heard from the Heat yet.
There is at least one mock draft that has Reed getting drafted. The Ringer’s mock draft projects him to go to the Celtics in the second round at No. 53 in the June 22 draft, as the website wrote that Reed is a “hard-working player whose extremely long wingspan gives him the potential to defend up to four positions.”
Reed measured in at 6-5.5 at the NBA combine with a 7-foot wingspan, which was the third-longest wingspan among guards at the combine. That size should allow him to defend guards and even some small forwards at the next level — a trait that NBA teams are always looking for.
“I feel like teams are starting to realize — I think they took a closer look at me this year and realized all the different things I can do, the ways I can impact the game,” Reed said. “I feel like I just play the right way. I don’t try to force anything, make the right decision, make the right plays and just being efficient and shooting the three or scoring from the field. Just doing all the little things and being a lockdown defender is what I’m looking to embrace. I think slowly but surely teams will realize it.”
During the draft evaluation process, Reed has leaned on a former Hurricanes teammate who went undrafted but still found an NBA home. Sheldon McClellan did not get drafted last year, but ended up signing with the Wizards just after the draft and made their 15-man roster to open the season.
“I talk to Sheldon like almost every day,” Reed said. “He’s still one of my really close friends. He just tells me to leave nothing on the table, go out here and embrace that underdog role almost. Like I said earlier, my skills will show. He did a good job setting the example for our program and players like us that are flying under the radar. That’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”