On Saturday, 6’9″ 2020 Dean Reiber of Northwest Guilford High School committed to Rutgers University. At the time of his commitment, Reiber had reported 17 other Division 1 offers and it was said his final 3 schools was Penn State, Rutgers, and Wofford. Last high school year Reiber averaged 17.3 Points, 9.2 Rebounds and 1.2 Blocked Shots as he led Northwest Guilford to an 18 win season and a birth into the NCHSAA state playoffs.
NC 2020 Ranking: #14
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What is Reiber Today
Reiber is a bouncy forward who fits today’s modern style of play. He is very skilled with his ability to knock down the 3-ball, but he is also able to handle and pass the ball at a high level, for a big man. His fluidity within the way he runs and jumps is something that will jump off the page at you and he is physically, well built and will look to add good weight, quickly as he gets into a college strength and conditioning program. There are a lot of things to like about Reiber at this stage, with this program and in this league looking forward.
What Reiber’s Coach Said
High School Coach Lee Reavis – “I think Rutgers got a steal in Dean He is really just beginning to come into his own as a truly skilled big man. Dean has the ability to obviously finish around the basket, he can handle the ball, he shoots at a high level from the perimeter and he is an elite level passing big man. Dean will only continue to improve as a player because of his work ethic.”
AAU Coach Antonio Lowe – “Dean is a hard-nosed competitor, with a really good skill set. His ability to mix it up on the offensive end will allow him to be successful at Rutgers. On the defensive end, he is a great rebounder and weak-side shot blocker. Great pick up for the Rutgers staff!”
What We Said
We have seen Reiber a ton over the years however the first time he really made us take notice was during the North Carolina Top 80 in the Spring of 2017 … It was at that camp Reiber showed up as a gangly big, who was still growing into himself, however, you could see his natural talent within the fluidity of the way he moved. Jamie Shaw said, “Steady development from 6’6″ 2020 Dean Reiber. He is tough, bouncy and has range, plays well within himself.” Jeff Bendel continued on to say about Reiber after that event, “Offensively, Reiber operates out of the midrange area but has shown the ability to step out and hit the three-pointer. He runs the floor well and has good size, looks likely to keep growing. Reiber is a decent defender that displays nice footwork and a high motor, both on-ball and on the glass.”
As Reiber continued to get older, he continued to work. That work was evident, as he became strong and much more confident in himself. Fast forward a little over a year and Jeff Bendel said about Reiber after watching him in Phenom’s Champion Showcase in July of 2018, “One could argue that Reiber is the best big man prospect in attendance, given his offensive versatility and constant development. He has always been a quality athlete, but Reiber is a problem for opponents now that he is scoring whenever and wherever he desires.” A little later in that Summer (August) Jamie Shaw wrote about North Carolina’s 2020 breakouts from the Summer of 2018, “We have been talking about Reiber as a high-level prospect for over a year and a half now. It is easy to see, he has a great size to go with good length. He is skilled with 3-point range off the catch and has the explosion to dunk on someone in traffic. He is continuing to get stronger and just gets better and better each time out. Still, with two years to go, Reiber picked up his first couple of offers this July as Rice and High Point extended. So much to like here, so much more to come.“