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College basketball recruiting: Naz Reid expected to choose LSU over Arizona, per report

Sort of surprising

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Five-star forward Naz Reid is expected to choose the LSU Tigers over the Arizona Wildcats, according to a report from FanRagSports’ Jon Rothstein.

Reid announced a final two of LSU and Arizona last weekend, and Rothstein reports Reid could announce his decision as early as this weekend.

Reid officially visited LSU on June 30 and is scheduled to officially visit Arizona on Sept. 8, though evidently that visit may not happen.

247Sports’ Crystal Ball overwhelmingly projects Reid will pick LSU.

Reid, a 6-foot-9 forward from Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, is the No. 11 player in the 2018 class and No. 2 power forward.

Reid is AAU teammates with Arizona commit Jahvon Quinerly, but is also good friends with LSU commit Javonte Smart, who has been recruiting him to Baton Rouge.

Losing out on Reid would hurt for Arizona, but the Wildcats have several other options as they look to continue filling out their 2018 class, which is expected have five to seven players when all is said and done.

The last time LSU and Arizona were battling for a recruit, the Wildcats landed five-star forward Craig Victor, but he wound up transferring to LSU after one semester in Tucson (and then was later dismissed from LSU’s program).

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