Paul Reed Rumors

DePaul forward Paul Reed spent three weeks in Chicago attending a workout facility, where he received one-on-one training with intense drills and a focus on strength and conditioning. Then he was told to go home to Florida and wait. His agent arranged this mock preparation period so Reed knows what it will be like leading up to the NBA draft. Whenever that may be. “A month prior to that, we will do it again,“ said Reed’s agent, Ron Shade, a DePaul graduate who works for Octagon sports agency. “So now it’s not foreign to (him). It’s an awkward time, but this is the new normal and we’ll adjust.”
Basically, I worry he might not be skilled enough or a good enough decision-maker right now to play the four on offense in today’s NBA, and he also isn’t big enough to play the five. I’ve also heard from a few NBA teams that have interviewed him that the role he sees himself in long term isn’t quite commensurate with where they see him. He’s just a very weird fit in a lot of ways, despite the immense production. I hope he ends up in a place like Toronto, which I trust would get the most out of him due to its internal development intelligence. He has some real upside. But he could go a lot of ways as a prospect, and I worry a bit that the team that has him first might not be the one that reaps the rewards.
I’m guessing that much of the perception difference between the two is that Achiuwa is a one-and-done and Reed is a junior. Reed, indeed, is older than Achiuwa … by three whole months. They both will be 21 on opening night. The biggest “difference” between the two is an insignificant one. Meanwhile, let’s talk about defense, since that’s the main selling point of each. Achiuwa is indeed quite good at this end. But Reed is a freaking beast. I don’t think you need to devour tape 24/7 to conclude that Reed is a superior defender; though both players can harass guards effectively with their long arms and lateral quickness, Reed is the better of the two and his fast hands are a game-changer. The numbers back it up too: He had the highest steal rate of any significant draft prospect at any position, despite playing inside on a terrible team that rarely left him in position to succeed.