Hunter Sallis and Efton Reid are teaming up once again. The two former Zags are getting a massive opportunity to shine in the ACC under the tutelage of Steve Forbes.
For Efton, this will be his second time transferring as he spent the 2021-2022 season at LSU before joining Gonzaga for the 2022-2023 season. Per NCAA rules, two-time transfers are required to sit out a year. Reid will have to receive a waiver in order to play for Wake Forest during the 2023-24 season.
In his sophomore campaign, the seven-footer averaged only 2.1 PPG and 1.0 RPG in 4.7 MPG during 25 games played. His minutes and production dropped significantly in Spokane compared to his time in Baton Rouge.
The former 5-star recruit in the 2021 class could use another new change of scenery and a program that can utilize his size in the frontcourt to their advantage during ACC play. His presence adds improvement on the defensive side of the ball and some versatility.
With guidance from Forbes and the rest of the Wake Forest staff, Reid should look to focus on his shooting from outside the paint and work to control his foul issues. Early on in the season with Gonzaga, he would see some decent run off the bench but wouldn’t be on the floor for long due to his questionable decisions. Those said decisions were centered around him jumping forward on certain shot-blocking opportunities or diving on loose balls that were well out of his control.
Efton Reid had this to say about the Mit Shah Basketball Complex in Winston-Salem: “Wake Forest has incredible basketball facilities — some of the best in the country. It made me speechless. I didn’t know what to say, they’re so advanced & modern. They are amazing.”
Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho