Marcquise Reed announced Monday night he will continue his basketball career at Clemson.
The 6-foot-4 guard is leaving Robert Morris after one season in which he averaged 15 points per game and was named the NEC Rookie of the Year. He took official visits to Clemson, Southern Cal, Massachusetts and Tulsa.
The Clemson visit was last Thursday through Saturday, and he took a couple of days to think over his decision. The Tigers pursued him with a lot of effort and that paid off in the end.
“It was just how aggressive Coach [Richie] Riley and Coach [Brad] Brownell dealt with me,” Reed said in explaining why he chose the Tigers. “It’s one of the top conferences so it’s a new challenge for myself, so if I’m competing with guys like that it will be easier when I go to the next level. And location. My family wanted to see me play.”
Reed is one of two transfer guards the Tigers will have available for the 2016-17 season, as Shelton Mitchell is coming in from Vanderbilt. Reed predicts future success for Clemson basketball.
“It’s a bright future for us,” he said. “I think we’ve got the talent to play with anybody and be a tournament team, a national power. They’ve got some good pieces and I think I was the last part.”
Reed will have to sit out next season, and he will use the time off to work on several aspects of his game.
“I’m going to focus on putting on a couple of more pounds of muscle and getting stronger,” Reed said. “I’m going to improve my three-point shot off the dribble and off screens and tighten up my ball handling and decision making.”
Reed’s commitment brings Clemson to the NCAA maximum of 13 scholarship players for this coming season.