Posted On: 09/4/18 11:52 AM
Being 6’11” the first day you step onto a high school campus brings big expectations with it, and for Steward School rising sophomore Efton Reid he was forced into a big role on a young team.
As a freshman, Reid showed his tremendous talent and ceiling as a skilled big man who can dominate a game on the offensive end and on the glass. He started every game for the Spartans, leading them to a 17-6 record with no seniors on the roster and averaging a team high 14 points per game.
“My high school season at Steward was a good season, I wanted to make the playoffs but unfortunately we did not, but I learned a lot playing for Coach Kassab in my first year,” Reid said.
The success from his high school season trickled into the summer, where he highlighted a unique Team Loaded 15U team that also started a 6’10” guy alongside of Reid in John Marshall’s Roosevelt Wheeler. Led by the twin towers, their team ran the table throughout the summer, going 40-0 and winning every tournament they were in including the Adidas Gauntlet Series.
“Looking back on AAU it was a great experience with some great guys,” he said. “What made us so special I think was our chemistry on the team. When you have talented players with chemistry, it’s just hard to beat a team with extremely talented players and great chemistry!”
Reid’s success has caught the attention of coaches and scouts, as he’s already fielded a number of offers and saw some big accolades throughout the summer. Along with being ranked the #1 player in Prep Hoops first 2021 rankings, he was named MVP of a number of tournaments on the #1 ranked 15U team in the country, he was named to the Top 20 game in the prestigious Hoop Group Future All American Game and he picked up offers from Arizona State, Virginia Tech, ODU, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Florida, Canisius, Drake and more.
Reid’s humble and hard working approach is something that is easy to love, especially for college coaches looking for a young big man to start recruiting early.
“They see that I’m a hard worker on the court and I’m just trying to get better everyday. I’m working on getting stronger, faster and being more vocal on the court.”
Despite getting national attention already, Reid has his sights set on improving both as an individual and from a team aspect for his sophomore season.
“The goals this year are to win our conference to qualify for states, win states and average 20 and 10 this season.”
With the perfect mindset and a skill set that is unique for his age and size, Reid has a chance to be a very special big man if he continues to improve with every season.