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7-foot-2 Trayvon Reed's game is growing at Auburn
Dec. 28, 2014

Trayvon Reed can rise above the rest for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

He's so tall. Blocks shots. Rebounds.

Trayvon Reed, all 7-foot-2 of him, has been, in the words of coach Bruce Pearl, "a dimension" in his four games as an Auburn basketball player. The big guy can be more.

"Can he get his game from being a dimension to being more of a factor? The answer is yes, he has that kind of ability," Pearl says. "I don't think it's going to be leaps and bounds, because the things that he doesn't do right now have a lot to do with his strength and physicality. That's just going to take time."

But Reed has been impressive enough four games into his college career, and especially in his last three with eight blocks and 12 rebounds, playing in the equivalent of 1¼ games. 

"I love blocking shots, that’s my thing," Reed said.

He was thrown into action Dec. 14 after one day of practice, and has been a factor since that day with his height and by bringing depth to the lineup.

Auburn will send Reed and everybody else on the court at 8 Monday night against Middle Tennessee State in Auburn Arena. The Tigers are 6-5 and Middle Tennessee is 7-5. The SEC Network will televise, maybe Reed doing what he likes to do.

"I love blocking shots, that's my thing," he said.

Pearl has bragged on Reed being a likeable guy who just wants to fit in. Reed's teammates seem to agree.

"I'm kind of shy at first," Reed said. "Once I got to know the players, they are good players and they welcomed me in."

Protecting the basket is a nice touch, too.

As teammate KT Harrell put it: "Rebounding the ball, just his size, and blocking shots...

"You can't teach that," said Malcolm Canada, who said after one game that Reed "made them take tough shots. Even if he didn't block it, they knew he was a presence out there. It's great to have him there. And he's coming along so fast, and he's willing to learn. He's a good kid. He's going to be something special."

"So far," Reed said, "everything is going good. I'm just trying to get into the system, just trying to become a better person. Chuck Person, Bruce Pearl and the coaching staff, I feel like I can learn a lot from them."

Reed said he's had "my ups and downs," but 16 days into his Auburn career, as of Sunday, Reed said, "the coaches have told me I've improved a lot but I feel like I can do more. Coming down the line I am going to do more. I'm just waiting on that moment."

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



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