USC basketball coach Frank Martin has recruited 7-1 center Christian Reeves of Charlotte and Oak Hill Academy, VA going on four years, and Tuesday he’ll find out if it was all worth it. Reeves plans to announce a commitment at 8:00 PM Tuesday night, which happens to be his birthday and this mother’s birthday. He has been down to the Gamecocks and Minnesota going back a few months.
Martin had hoped to land Reeves during the early signing period in November, but he opted to hold off until December 14th for his personal reasons. Reeves said Martin was disappointed with that decision but has stayed on him to the end.
“After the signing date, they were like, we’re still going to recruit you but we have to pursue other bigs now,” Reeves said. “It was a time crunch for them. They haven’t backed off. We still stay in contact. They are still recruiting me hard. They’ve got to focus on their season. They just said we’re still here, we still want you. They are still in the same place as far as wanting me.”
As the season has progressed, Reeves said more schools have come by the school to check on him and meet with his coach Steve Smith about him.
“I know some coaches have been in the gym watching us, and I know some coaches have been talking to my coach and not me directly,” Reeves said. “Some other schools are on the edge of entering the picture I think, but it’s those two (USC and Minnesota) right now,” Reeves said. “Creighton is one of them. That’s the most recent one showing a lot of interest.”
Reeves took his official visit to USC in the summer and one to Minnesota in September. He has not taken any other visits. He said Martin and assistant coaches also were in to see him at least three times in the pre-season.
Reeves said he’s averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds per game against one of the toughest high school schedules in the country.