Despite finishing second in the regular season NEC standings with a 12 – 6 record, and not being the favourites to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament, the Robert Morris Colonials couldn’t be stopped. The Colonials knocked off the North Florida Ospreys in their play-in game, thanks to a big second half push, and advanced to the Round of 64. Unfortunately, they ran into the eventual national champion Duke Blue Devils, and their season came to an end right then and there.
One reason for the team’s success this season was the play of freshman guard Marcquise Reed. Reed played a big part in the team’s offense this past year, and hopefully Colonial fans enjoyed what he brought to the table. After the season ended, Marcquise Reed decided to transfer from the program.
Reed, a 6’3”, 175-pound guard out of Laurel, Maryland, helped lead the Colonials to 20 wins over the course of the 2014-15 season. He averaged 15.1 points and 2.1 assists per game, both of which were good for second-best on the team. He also 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest. He is known as a strong ball-handler, and he showed that he has the ability to score from all over the floor this past season.
Coming out of high school, Reed was able to fly under the radar a bit, as he wasn’t an overly big name on the recruiting trail. However, with his play this past season, that has all changed. He is seen as a relatively hot commodity for teams who are looking for a guard who can score and handle the ball on the back end. He has the tools in place to be successful right away in his new home.
According to Marcus Helton (@MarcusHelton) on Twitter on Wednesday, Reed had narrowed his recruiting choices down to Creighton, George Washington, USC, Tulsa, and Massachusetts. All of those places would love to get a player of Reed’s calibre, but only one will be the beneficiary of having him on the floor in their jersey. Keep an eye on where Reed lands, as that team will instantly get better on both ends of the floor.