Still undergoing a growth spurt that has not shown signs of stopping yet, Reed visited the Auburn campus on Saturday where he spent time with Barbee and his assistant coaches before heading back home because of family plans that prevented him from taking part in the camp as previously scheduled.
Asked how tall he is, the Shiloh High School star from Snellville, Ga., noted that he is now up to seven-foot-one with no signs of stopping. "I know my knees are still hurting so I am pretty sure I am not through growing," he said. "I hope to grow to 7-3."
Asked what he is eating to grow so tall, Reed laughed, thought about the question and said, "Everything. I eat everything." Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is the favorite food for the high school athlete, who just turned 16 years old on June 5th.
With that much height and weighing 215 pounds, adding muscle is a major project for the summer for the center who averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots per game last season as a sophomore.
"I work out two times a day," he said. "Everything is going good. I have been to a lot of great tournaments, camps and stuff like that. I have been in the weight room every day."
Reed noted that he is working diligently on the court refining his game. "I want to dribble the ball well and be consistent with my shot. That is what I am working on this summer."
The strength of his game, he said, is the ability to rebound, run the floor and finish near the basket, particularly on alley-oop lob passes.
He said that finishing near the basket has been something he has spent plenty of time working on in recent seasons. "Every time I get the ball down low I have been taught to make my moves fast because the guards are taught to be around you every time the big man has the ball," Reed pointed out. "I try to make my move fast and get a bucket."
The summer schedule also calls for a full dose of AAU basketball playing for the Atlanta Xpress. Reed said he is looking forward to the competition.
"Our team is good and everybody is working hard and on the same page," he said. "We just want to win."
Auburn is one of the colleges he is considering as he builds a relationship with the coaching staff. However, the center is in no hurry to make a college choice or even name an early leader. "No sir, I don't have a favorite,"?he said. "I like them all the same."
Asked what he wants to find in a college, he said, "I am looking for a place where I can fit in and I am looking for a place where I get along with the coaches."