Marcquise Reed visits Clemson, sets decision date


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Reed scored 22 points against Duke in the NCAA Tournament (Photo by Bob Donnan)
Reed scored 22 points against Duke in the NCAA Tournament (Photo by Bob Donnan)

Marcquise Reed visited Clemson’s campus on Saturday and hopes to have a decision as early as Monday.

The former Robert Morris guard was named the Northeast Conference’s top rookie after a season in which he averaged 15.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in helping the Colonials advance to the NCAA Tournament. Robert Morris knocked off North Florida before eventually falling to No. 1 Duke. Reed scored 19 against North Florida and scored 22 against the Blue Devils, the eventual national champs.

Following the season, Reed announced his plans to transfer and visited with the Clemson coaches on Saturday.

"It went good," Reed said. "The coaches were real cool. I got to meet Coach (Brad) Brownell and his family. He's a down to earth guy and he's going to make sure you are going to work. And Coach (Richie) Riley, he's been recruiting me hard, and he's a real cool guy. Obviously they are in the ACC and that's attractive. The campus was pretty cool and the people real friendly.

“It's a college town. Everybody gets love. The facilities they've got coming, Littlejohn gym, that's going to be nice so that's attractive. The players, they were cool. I got to spend a lot of time with Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
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, a real good dude. They said they want me on the team, they think they can go real far with me and I can help them out a lot."

Reed said he also got a feel for Clemson’s offense, which struggled at times last season and could use a scorer.

"They try to get a lot of stuff in transition and he (Brownell) bases his offense off the players he's got," Reed said. "He knows I like the up and down and coming off ball screens so it would a lot of that, a lot of transition and transition ball screens. I like how he adapts to his players as the season goes on. My main role will be to come in and provide scoring like I've been doing."

Reed said he thinks he will have a decision on Monday, and it will all come down to relationships.

"It’s basically how I feel about the coaches, my relationship with the coaches," Reed said. "How I feel about the players. And where I'm going to play, the style of play that fits me the best."



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