Reed Coming Into His Own

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The weekend didn't end the way he wanted it to end – with a disappointing 76-57 loss to Tim Thomas Gold in the championship game – but SoCal All-Stars standout Ray Ray Reed did manage to piece together his best tournament of the spring.

"Definitely," SCA coach Ollie Goulston said Sunday afternoon after his team's loss here at the Smith Center. "This was the best he's played. He did a little bit of everything. He shot the ball well, he played under control, and he made good decisions."

Speaking of decisions, DePaul and New Mexico are at the top of Reed's list, but nothing is set in stone at this relatively early juncture in his recruitment. Georgia, Oregon, UCLA and USC are also involved.

"I really don't have a school list," Reed said. "If they're interested in me, I'm interested in them. I just want to go somewhere where I'll at least have a chance to play as a freshman. You want a good education, but you also want a big-time basketball program."

And big-time basketball programs certainly want him. The super-quick 6-0 PG from Inglewood (CA) High averaged 18 points, five assists and three steals this past winter as a junior.

"I'm best at taking my man off the dribble," he explained. "But I need to work on making smarter decisions. Then I'll be a better overall player.

Goulston agrees.

"Ray Ray is so athletic that sometimes he relies on that so much that he'll get a little out of control," the coach said. "He really did well this weekend being a one. He made good decisions, and he made guys better."

Reed said that he made a 4.0 this year in boosting his cumulative GPA to a 3.2. He'll take the SAT for this first time next weekend back on the West Coast.

Michael Kruse writes for Basketball America and

Scout Hoops Top Stories