Alex Reese (above) is shown in action on Tuesday night.
Opelika, Ala.-- Alex Reese personally made sure his team’s basketball season didn’t end for a second consecutive year at the Opelika High School gymnasium as he came through with a monster performance in an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A sub-regional state playoff game.
Reese, a Scout.com four-star prospect who is a junior at Pelham High School, scored 39 points and pulled in 25 rebounds in leading his team to a 67-48 victory on Tuesday night.
“I am pretty pleased because it was a big win,” said Reese, who put on the scoring show in front of Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person, who is recruiting the power forward for the Tigers.
Reese, a standout at an AU summer camp and a visitor to games at Auburn Arena to watch Bruce Pearl’s Tigers in action this season, says his serious interest in the Tigers hasn’t changed and that everything is much the same on his recruiting front other than getting attention from the Arkansas Razorbacks.
With offers from Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Clemson and others, Reese notes that he hasn’t narrowed his list of favorites. Asked when he would like to make a college choice, he says, “I am not really sure yet.”
Against Opelika his Pelham High team got off to a slow start, but that changed late in the first quarter and second period as Reese went to work with dominating play around the basket that included a series of baseline moves and slam dunks that changed the momentum and the lead.
Alex Reese is a six-foot-nine, 220-pound junior.
A player known for his good outside shooting touch, with Opelika in a 2-1-2 zone defense the game plan was to get the ball to Reese near the basket and let him use his power forward moves, a strategy that worked well.
“I didn’t shoot any threes tonight, but my three-game the last few weeks has been pretty good,” he said.
Pelham High coach Joel Floyd noted that Reese is an inside and outside threat. “Of course, for us we try to force him inside because he has so much of an advantage in there,” Floyd said. “He has got to chances to pop within the offense.
“Defensively, he cleans the glass for us and protects the paint,” Floyd added. “Offensively, he can run the break. He does a little bit of everything for us.”
Floyd pointed out that Reese is an enjoyable player to coach. “He is a terrific young man. I have told many of the (college) coaches he is about as nice of a kid as you get. Sometimes our best attribute is also one of our negatives. He is maybe too nice at times.
“He is just a great kid from a great family,” the coach said. “Mom and dad are wonderful and he has a younger brother who is a heck of a character, and he is going to be a player, too. He is already six-foot-four as a freshman.”