Will Wade continues to be on a roll.
For the second time in 2½ months, Wade and the LSU men's basketball team received a commitment Tuesday from a five-star prospect for the Class of 2018.
Power forward Naz Reid, a 6-foot-10, 240-pounder from Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, announced his commitment via Twitter after taking an unofficial visit to the campus last weekend.
Reid, the 18th-ranked prospect in the nation on the ESPN 100 list, chose LSU over Arizona after eliminating Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and Seton Hall from consideration last month.
Reid’s girlfriend, Raven Farley, is a member of the LSU women’s basketball team. Farley, a 6-4 freshman forward from Elizabeth, New Jersey, was a five-star recruit as well.
Reid joins Scotlandville High’s Ja’Vonte Smart, a 6-4 point guard who is also among the nation’s elite players, as the first two commitments for Wade’s second LSU team in the 2018-19 season.
The addition of Reid, a close friend of Smart since they played on the AAU circuit the last few summers, pushed LSU up to seventh on the 247 Sports composite team recruiting rankings — the highest Southeastern Conference team listed.
Reid is ranked 15th overall, while Smart is rated 28th by 247 Sports.
Smart, a two-time Louisiana Mr. Basketball and Louisiana Gatorade player of the year, picked LSU over college basketball blue bloods Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA, as well as Oklahoma State and Florida State.
As a junior, Smart, who is ranked as the No. 32 overall in the nation by ESPN, led Scotlandville to the LHSAA Division I select state title while averaging 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
In early June, Wade signed four-star point guard Tremont Waters, who is from West Haven, Connecticut, for this year’s team.
Waters, the nation’s 10th-ranked point guard, wound up 34th on the final ESPN 100 list for the Class of 2017. With his signing, LSU rose to 14th on the final signing class rankings.
Waters, who originally signed with Georgetown but asked for and received his release when coach John Thompson III was fired in March, is one of seven new players on the LSU roster for the upcoming season.
The other newcomers are fellow freshmen Galen Alexander, Brandon Rachal and Mayan Kiir as well as junior-college transfer Daryl Edwards and graduate transfers Jeremy Combs and Randy Onwuasor.
Alexander and Rachal were signed by former LSU coach Johnny Jones, who was fired in March after a 10-21 season.
Merritt joins staff
Wade announced Tuesday that Brian Merritt has been hired as the program’s coordinator of basketball operations.
Merritt, who was director of scouting/recruiting for John Lucas Enterprises in Houston, has been an assistant coach at Hampton, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Arizona State and was a grad assistant at Louisville.