New Louisville head coach Kenny Payne has gotten his first high school commitment and it’s a big one. Former LSU signee Devin Ree has chosen to join the Louisville program. He’s a member of the class of 2022 and will be playing this fall and winter for the Cards.
Ree is a 4 Star player listed as a small forward. He’s ranked the 82nd best overall player by 247sports. Before signing and de-committing from LSU, Ree had offers from Auburn, Texas, and Memphis among others.
Standing 6’8 and weighing 185 lbs, Ree could play the SF or SG position for Coach Payne. He averaged 11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, and 1.5 apg for Oak Hill Academy this past season. He shot 48.1-percent from the field, 44.7-percent from behind the arc, and 84.6-percent from the free throw line.
Go cards ? 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/HBgVEVIO5G— pluto🖤 (@whois_Dev) April 17, 2022
I expect Ree to likely play as a SG. He has excellent handles and can get by defenders and to the basket. He can finish around the rim well because of his size and length. Ree also has a nice mid-range fadeaway.
Where Ree can be a difference-maker is behind the arc. He’s a knockdown shooter, shooting nearly 45-percent from there. His shot is smooth and he has a quick, repeatable release.
I think Ree could develop some playmaking ability at the 2 spot as well. He’s a good passer and his ability to get into the lane can create shots for others. He’s a decent rebounder that should be able to develop that aspect of his game even more under the UofL staff.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that I have made the decision to continue to play the game I love under the leadership of Coach Kenny Payne at the University of Louisville. My commitment comes at a time where I am comfortable and confident knowing. Committed 100% 🤞🏾 pic.twitter.com/As5mJljPyY— pluto🖤 (@whois_Dev) April 30, 2022
Devin Ree will definitely play significant minutes for next year’s team, if not earn a starting spot. He’s highly skilled and has NBA size. I would suspect that, depending on how much time he gets on the court, he can be a double-figure scorer and average around 5-6 rebounds. It will be interesting to see how he is utilized during his freshman season and to see if he becomes Louisville‘s first one-and-done we’ve had in a while. If he’s here more than a year, I think he can develop into an All-ACC type of performer, especially under Coach Payne’s tutelage. We will see, but I Devin Ree is an exciting prospect that UofL fans should be hyped for.