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Trayvon Reed's promise still stands tall at Auburn
Feb. 27, 2015

Auburn's Trayvon Reed looks to make a move

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Bruce Pearl says the best thing about Trayvon Reed's game is his attitude. The Auburn coach is now waiting for the big man's game to catch up with his willingness to learn.
The Tigers head to Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game at Texas A&M still looking for consistent help on the inside, something that would be a plus against the tall Aggies. The 7-foot-2 Reed is a likely candidate to help, but he's averaging only 8.1 minutes a game and averaging fewer than two points and two rebounds per game.

Reed, who joined the team in December, will help the Tigers down the road, Pearl says, as he becomes more of a force in the SEC. Pearl said Reed has gained 12 pounds, which would put him at 232. Pearl said he like to see 25 more pounds.

"It is the kind of weight that he will keep," Pearl said.

Pearl said Reed probably spends as much time with trainers, strength coaches and academic support "as any player that we have. He has accepted it. He is almost appreciative of the help.

"He has not come as far in-season I had hoped. I guess from the very beginning we talked about having to be patient. I still think it is there, I do not know that we will see it this year.

"I think he has a bright future, but it is slow to progress. I still think it is there and the best part about it is his attitude has been good."

Auburn is the smallest team in the SEC, relying on 6-foot-7 Cinmeon Bowers to carry much of the rebounding load. Bowers, the master of the double-double, is averaging 10.3 rebounds per game, tops in the SEC. But the Tigers are last in the league, overall, in rebounds per game and have been outscored 260-122 in the paint in the last six games.

And that doesn't include Texas A&M outscoring Auburn 42-14 in the paint in the Aggies' 71-61 on Jan. 17.

Pearl said Friday that Auburn will play "a little bigger against A&M" this time. He also said his guards to play better defense to deny the Aggies easy trips to the rim.

"The ability of team's getting to the rim against us has to do with we are not blocking shots, we are not rotating over there physically and that is a concern," Pearl said.

Texas A&M is 19-8 overall and 10-5 in the SEC. Auburn is 12-16 overall and 4-11 in the league.

A broader Reed could help flip that next year.

"It is all about diet, it is all about the Wellness Kitchen, it is all about training," Pearl said. "It is full time. It is a full time deal. Trayvon Reed, he is strong in his upper-body. For as thin as he is, he is really strong. He will go in the weight room, and as long as he is, he will push upper-body a lot more than I thought he would. But as strong as he is up here, he is that weak down there. He has just never trained his lower body and his core and we are doing it. That gives me hope that once we get that stuff engaged he will make a big jump. It may require a full off-season. I think we really will not know until next year what he could do. If he is still not there next year, I would question if he will get there. Right now, it is just two months too soon."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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