Nazreon Reid: Jersey’s McDonald’s All-American Showing A Preview for LSU

Photo courtesy of Johnnie Photography.

By David Cordova

Every year, New Jersey has plenty of standout players that go on to play Division I basketball. Although many of them are guards, there are also big men in the Garden State that show that can play at the big-time.

But none may have the finesse in their game like a kid named Nazreon “Nazi” Reid. The 6-foot-10 forward from Asbury Park has plenty of skills like a guard and sometimes plays like one, often showcasing his ball-handling skills. But when he’s left open in the paint, Reid is a terror, wreaking havoc on the rims.

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Reid gets ready to shoot a free throw. (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Photography)

When asked what motivates him to be successful in the game of basketball, he replied, “Just helping my family out, period. And being something that a lot of people in my town, in my neighborhood weren’t.”

When asked about being from Asbury Park, a town that is a part of the Jersey Shore area, he replied, “It’s not really, like, something to look back to, but you know, obviously, they’re happy for me in how far I’ve gotten so far, you know, they’re just extremely happy.”

In the senior class of 2018, Reid is one of the premier top-flight high school players to come out of the Garden State. In a state where there is a lot of competition, you have to come out with your reputation and not your name. “Jersey basketball, there’s nothing like it,” says Reid of the competition in New Jersey. “The most humblest talent I’ve seen in the years that I’ve been playing, so I feel like no other state can compare, besides New York.”

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Reid dribbles down the court like a point-forward. (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Photography)

Reid played his AAU years with the Team Izod/Sports U program, in which he was part of a dominant quintet that also included Jahvon Quinerly (Hudson Catholic), Louis King (Hudson Catholic), Atiba Taylor (Hackensack) and Luther Muhammad (Hudson Catholic). That crew helped bring SportsU two championships on the 15U and 16U levels on the Under Armour Association circuit.

“You know, we were brothers since the beginning,” says Reid of the brotherhood formed between the five youths. “And [as] soon as we came together, we already knew. We all had a goal and that was to win a national championship. Unfortunately, we came up short both years, we placed second, but that made us come together even more. That brotherhood between us is special. Something that I don’t think nobody else has.”

In four years at Roselle Catholic, Reid has been a mainstay on a Lions’ program that has compiled a 91-32 record and has won two sectional titles and a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title back in 2014-15 when Reid was a freshman amongst upperclassmen such as Isaiah Briscoe (who is now playing professionally in Estonia), Matt Bullock (Rutgers) and Chris Silva (South Carolina).

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Reid hammers down a dunk. (Courtesy of Johnnie Photography)

When asked about his time at Roselle Catholic, he replied, “Being here all four years, you know, I felt like Coach [Dave] Boff has been loyal to me, so why not be loyal to him. I feel like my teammates, they’re my brothers and the school is outstanding, Mr. Berrios and all of the other teachers, you know, they’re always there by your side, if you need help. It’s an outstanding school, if you ask me.”

On winning the Tournament of Champions title as a freshman, he replied, “It’s a wonderful experience, something you definitely want to do again. Just an outstanding feeling.”

Rated as the No. 22 player in the class of 2018 nationally, Reid was the target of plenty of schools around the nation. But last fall, on September 12th, he made his collegiate choice by deciding to attend LSU.

When asked about his commitment to the Tigers, he replied, “You know, Coach [Greg] Hiear, Coach [Will] Wade, and all of the other players and coaching staff, I felt like I was able to feel comfortable, I felt like I was [at] home away from home, and that’s not something that I’m able to feel, away from home, so with them, to make it feel like I was home, it was special and unique.”

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Reid does a behind-the-back jelly layup. His ability to do the move has earned him the nickname, “Big Jelly.” (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Photography)

And another big honor has come Reid’s way, as he will be playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 28th in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be the first player from Roselle Catholic to earn that honor since Briscoe three years ago and will also be one of three players from the state of New Jersey, along with both Quinerly and King, his old AAU teammates from the Sports U days, who will also be playing in the game.

“That’s an amazing feeling, that’s something that greats did,” said Reid on being selected to participate in the prestigious event. “That’s like an honor. It’s a tremendous feeling, that’s something you look back from a while from now and say, ‘Like, I’ve done what greats [have] done, why not go further?'”

Now with his collegiate decision decided, all Reid has to do is focus on making his senior season complete with another run to the Tournament of Champions.

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Reid does a patented finger roll at the basket. 

 

This year’s Lions team is 21-4 and have played some big-time games, including a recent matchup against the No. 1 team in the USA Today poll, Montverde Academy from Florida, whom they nearly beat at the Metro Classic at Kean University. With Reid as the anchor, the Lions are definitely a dangerous team.

When he graduates, this is the way he would like to be remembered: “I just want to be one of the greats that came from Roselle Catholic, a tremendous alum. It’s something that, you know, I want to build from, of course. It was tough times, from my freshman year to now, but there’s also moments that you never forget. But then tough times, for them to have me feeling like this, I just want to be remembered.”

 

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