Jalen Reed is set to go coast to coast for his collegiate career.
The Florida Gators have added their third prospect of 2022 and the second power forward of the cycle, with Reed announcing his commitment Tuesday.
Currently ranked No. 94 nationally according to 247Sports composite, the current Southern California Academy (Castaic, California) standout chose UF over Arizona State, Maryland, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.
Garnering buzz in the past few days for the 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward, the Gators' ability to close on Reed is a monumental pull for Florida, especially having to contend with legacy school Ole Miss.
His dad, Justin Reed, played for the Rebels from 2000-04 and earned SEC Player of the Year honors in 2001. Expected to follow in his father's footsteps for his collegiate basketball career, Reed chose to build his own legacy in the Sunshine State with the Gators.
Taking his talents east, Reed presents Mike White with another high-potential two-way player. Recently growing into his length, Reed is a dynamic scorer that can stretch the floor from the four spot.
While his comfort zone will come on the interior at the next level, Reed has shown a capability to knock down shots from mid-range and beyond the arc with relative consistency, both off the dribble and spotting up.
As a result, the composite four-star will force defenders to get a hand in his face, creating opportunities for other teammates who slash toward the basket.
Reed joins elite power forward Malik Reneau and guard Denzel Aberdeen in the Gators 2022 class.
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