MBB Inks Burnett and Reed to NLI
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Head coach Jim Larranaga has announced the signing of Deandre Burnett and Davon Reed to National Letters of Intent to play men's basketball for the University of Miami.
“We’re very pleased and excited to announce that two players have signed their National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Miami and begin next season,” said Larranaga.
Burnett is a 2012 Parade All-American, one of only two players from the state of Florida and one of five Atlantic Coast Conference recruits to earn the honor. Originally from Florida, Burnett is currently attending school at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia.
At 6-1, 190 pounds, the shooting guard averaged 36.2 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as a senior at Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Fla. The fourth leading scorer in the nation notched 45 points three times in his final prep season, earning first team Miami-Dade County honors as a junior while leading the Chiefs to an 18-4 record. He has averaged more than 20 points per game since his sophomore campaign.
Burnett played AAU ball for Team U and is touted for his ability to attack the basket in transition, score through contact and pressure the ball full court.
Burnett chose Miami over offers from Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, La Salle, FAU, Georgia Southern, FIU and Stetson. He is Larranaga’s third signee from the state of Florida, joining current Hurricanes sophomore Shane Larkin (Dr. Phillips) and freshman Tonye Jekiri (Champagnat).
“DeAndre is a high octane scorer and has worked very hard to prove himself. He has that chip on his shoulder that we like,” said Larranaga. “He is very good at finding the open man and is a very unselfish player. He is fast, quick and strong and we like the work ethic and attitude that he brings to the floor.”
Reed, a native of Princeton, N.J., is a four-star swingman listed as a Top 100 player (No. 97) by Rivals.com and No. 78 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN. He is the third-best talent in New Jersey and 18th best nationally at the shooting guard position, according to ESPN.com and Rivals ranks him as 24th among shooting guards.
He is a 6-6, 195-pound guard who averaged 27 points and nine rebounds per game for Princeton Day School (N.J.) last season. He enters his senior season with 1,473 points in 78 career games, an 18.9 ppg clip.
He is a multidimensional, athletic player who can handle the ball, has a solid shot and can defend the perimeter. He can play the 2 or the 3, and can defend the 1, 2 or 3 positions.
This summer, Reed participated in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy and played the AAU circuit with Team Final from New Jersey.
Reed chose Miami over offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Xavier and Memphis, among others.
Reed also has strong character, as he recently received a Youth Role Model Award from Join-Effort Princeton for both dedication to his community and excellence in his personal life.
“Davon is a very smart basketball player and has the skills to play multiple positions,” said Larranaga. “He is one of those guys who is great for team chemistry because he knows how to play. He really reads the defense well and he plays well within a system. He also plays well with other very good players.”