Jam Fest Spotlight : Romar Reid
2019 guard Romar Reid from New York Renaissance Gold started things at the Providence Jam Fest on the right note. Reid can really score the ball and colleges are starting to take notice. He spoke to HG Insider on the latest with his play this AAU season, recruitment and more.
Q: You played under Steve Alvarado in high school and now you are playing for him in AAU. How does that help playing under someone you have so much familiarity with?
A: “Yeah it’s great, Coach Steve has been with me for a long time so I feel comfortable with him,” said Reid. “This has been fun for me and I’m getting exposure from more colleges, which is the main goal. I’m also having fun and getting better every day.”
Q: You have finished your four years at Iona Prep, but you are looking to Prep School and reclassify to 2019. If a 2018 option opens up, would you take it?
A: "It depends on the school and if I feel comfortable or not,” Reid said. “If I feel like it’s a great fit where I can play, but if not I will go post-grad and go 2019.”
Q: What prep schools have reached out to you so far?
A: “Woodstock Academy, Vermont Academy and St. Thomas More,” he said.
Q: What schools have entered your recruitment thus far?
A: “Manhattan has shown me a lot of love and has offered,” said Reid. “Hofstra and St. Francis Brooklyn are also recruiting me hard and have offered.”
Q: You recently went on an unofficial visit to Hofstra. How was that visit for you?
A: “They wanted me to come so they could show me the school,” Reid said. “It went very well and I liked the campus. It’s a big university and after I worked out with a couple of the guys from Hofstra. I got to know most of them and how their offense runs. I got to see how Hofstra plays and I liked it. After I played well in the workout they decided to offer me.”
Q: What are some things you are trying to get out of AAU?
A: “I’m trying to get as many looks as I can because I feel like I worked hard enough to get more division one offers,” he said. “I feel like I worked hard enough to get more schools, so I’m just hoping I get more and more.”
Q: You started playing on another level toward the end of the high school season. What clicked for you?
"It was just the work I put in,” said Reid. “After practice I got extra shots up and I asked coach to get in the gym with me as much as possible. I just kept working and working and my confidence kicked in so I had better performances.”
Q: What would say separates yourself and makes you a division one player?
A: I would say my work ethic, my passion for the game and I feel like I’m a dynamic guard,” Reid said. “I can score if I need to, but can get my players better. I just feel like my work ethic makes me different than everyone else.”