Michigan Basketball: Key target Tarris Reed continues to impress

Tarris Reed has emerged as a priority for Michigan basketball in the 2022 recruiting class and as he nears a decision, he continues to impress. 

It’s been clear that Tarris Reed Jr. has moved near the top of Michigan basketball‘s board for big men in the 2022 recruiting class and his recent play is an example of why.

Reed is ranked 71st overall in the 2022 class according to the 247 sports composite rankings, but he’s been impressive on the EYBL circuit.

The 6-foot-10 center averaged 13.3 points per game to go along with seven rebounds this past week in Augusta, Georgia and his team went 5-2. UMHoops.com also has a breakdown of his highlights and the more I watch Reed, the more impressed I am with his game.

While Reed isn’t super athletic, he was impressive on defense this weekend, especially against some ball-screen actions. Here’s more on his effort from Stockrisers.com including a dominant offensive effort in one outing:  

“Offensively, he was just an absolute menace around the rim. He hit 8/14 shots from the field, many of which came around the rim. But, he also had the chance to show off his mid-range game and his ability to be more than just a paint-dominant forward. He will be such a highly sought-after recruit based on his motor, energy, skill, and ability to use his body is major.”

Reed has talked about making a decision after the Peach Jam. That doesn’t mean right after, but probably sometime before his senior season. His stock is rising and Michigan basketball is working hard to land him.

And according to Eric Bossi of 247 sports Michigan basketball is one of the teams with the best chance of getting him to commit.

“Reed projects well as a college center who has enough size, skill, and strength to be a major contributor early in his career. If I had to wager a bet on where he ends up at this point I’d say that Michigan and Ohio State are the two programs I feel have the best shot at landing him.”

The Wolverines have been gaining momentum with the 6-foot-10 prospect. Juwan Howard is making him a priority and it’s clear that he would be a great fit as a long-term replacement for Hunter Dickinson.

Reed definitely has more game than expected and he continues to show improvement on the recruiting trail which means if U-M does land his commitment, it’s getting a top-50 type talent.