Smooth Reed

It doesn't take all that long to realize Tyrel Reed is a coach's son. He makes quality decisions and has a terrific feel for the game. Don't let the baby-face fool you, though. Reed can play.

The comparisons are inevitable, but Tyrel Reed doesn't mind at all being put in the same sentence as Kirk Hinrich.

``We look a little bit alike and have the same style of play," Reed said. "He's a great player."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior point guard has some of the same intangibles as the former Kansas guard and current NBA player. He knows the game, makes people better and can also score when needed.

``I'm a coach's son," Reed said. "It's not like I have to score. I can do a lot of things – like get people involved."

Reed still needs to get stronger to handle the rigors of big-time college basketball – because he'll likely be playing at the highest level after he finishes up at Burlington High (Kan.). He needs to added bulk not only on the offensive end to be able to finish with more consistency, but also defensively if he's going to defend bigger guards in the ACC, Big 12 or Pac-10.

``He's got great instincts," said K.C. Pump ‘N Run coach L.J. Goolsby. "He's smart and knows when to make the right decisions. He shoots it well and is a terrific kid."

Reed, who boasts a 4.0 GPA, mentions North Carolina, Kansas, Stanford and Georgia Tech as the four leaders. However, none have offered a scholarship quite yet.

``I want to go somewhere I'm going to play," Reed said. "And someone I'm going to have a chance to compete for the national title."


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