Columbia High’s Jarmal Reid, one of the nation’s top basketball prospects for 2012, picked up offers from Florida and Alabama within the last few days.
The 6-foot-7 Reid is the younger half-brother of UGA power forward Jeremy Price. Reid led Columbia High to the Class AAA state championship last year as a sophomore. He is considered a “point forward” for college, able to play all guard and forward positions.
He also holds early scholarship offers from UGA, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, and Clemson, among others.
“He’s Mr. Mismatch,” said Morris Gordon, who coaches Reid for the Southern Kings AAU team. “We play him at point guard and in the post area. He’s like an all-star utility guy in baseball. You put him at any position on the basketball court, and he is going to get it done.
He and Price have the same mother, and they were raised together in the same household. Reid has entertained the idea of following Price to Georgia, even though they wouldn’t play on the same team because of the age difference.
“My brother supports whatever I decide about a college,” Reid said. “The biggest thing he talks to me about is maintaining the right attitude. There are a lot of talented players in basketball, but he said without [the right attitude], you’re really nothing.”
On Wednesday, Reid was still on an emotional high from the Gators.
“That Florida offer really excited me,” he Reid said. “I like the whole atmosphere there. They have great fans and one of the best coaches around in Billy Donovan. I would love to be coached by him.”