Former DePaul forward Paul Reid has been selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with a 58th choice in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Reid was the first DePaul player to be drawn into the 2007 NBA draft since both Wilson Chandler and Sami Mejia were selected. The 6-foot-9 forward was volatile between the first and second rounds in most dummy drafts, but was eventually picked up by the 76ers.
In an interview with The Depolia in June, he said, “I have never noticed my whole life. “I’m always underestimated. People will never see my full potential or how good I can be, or how good I am. It’s natural for me, they owe me nothing. I know I’re got a chip on my shoulder because I can actually play. I think I have to prove to a lot of people that I can compete at the highest level, and before the games, I’m always told myself that no one knew who I was, that they confused me because I still did not know who I was. I still feel that way. “
At DePaul, Reed’s numbers improved from his newcomer to his younger season. After coming off the bench for 28 games in his new year, Reid saw more time playing next season, resulting in Big East of the Year being named the most advanced player.
“Once I got down to the starting line, it was over,” Reid said. “I know I can make an impact in the game.”
During Reid’s junior 2019-2020 season, he became one of the focal points of the Blue Demons on crime and security. DePaul started the season 12-1 before entering the Big East play, which ended the Blue Demons 3-15 record and last place.
But Reid continued to score consistently throughout the seat, averaging 15.7 points a year and 10.7 rebounds per game – the average double-double average in the Big East.
Reid missed the last three regular season games, but returned to play in the first round of the Big East match against Xavier. In the 71-67 win over the Musketeers, Reid scored 23 points and took 12 rebounds. But as the season was cut short by the Govit-19 epidemic, Reid and Blue Demons did not get a chance to face Villanova in the next round.
“I was a kid, I was 17 years old, I was 18 years old when I came to campus, I grew up in DeBall,” Reid said. “I matured to be in DePaul. The staff helped me mature, they talked to me, they were with me. They helped me grow mentally and physically.”
Reid, now a professional basketball player, joins Max Strauss and Wilson Chandler as the only former DeBall players currently playing in the NB. Billy Garrett Jr. played a couple of games for the New York Knicks in 2019, but has been playing overseas for the past two seasons.