The LSU Tigers have taken a big step forward this year, rising to the ranks of the SEC’s elite teams (though we’ll see if they’re on the same level as Tennessee and Kentucky or not).

A big part of that is freshman big man Naz Reid, who has been steadily improving on both sides of the ball. Currently, he’s averaging 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

On Monday, ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Kentucky, coach Will Wade discussed what makes Reid a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft:

“He plays so hard. He wants to win so bad,” Wade said. “He does so much for our team both offensively and defensively. He covers up a lot of mistakes. … He has such an IQ about him. He doesn’t miss a rep in practice. I have to tell him to get off [the court] so our other guys can get some practice.”

Reid is currently projected to go No. 26 overall to the Indiana Pacers by He isn’t projected as a first-round pick in Bleacher Report’s updated mock draft.