"I was a little nervous," the Waterloo East High graduate said. "I settled down though."
Once he shook off the jitters, Reed looked very smooth. He knocked down 3 of 4 3-point attempts in a four-point loss.
Reed looked more offensively accomplished than former East teammate and Hawkeye sophomore Mike Henderson did at this point last year. Henderson had the defensive edge.
For Reed, he's still trying to let his arrival at Iowa sink it.
"It hit me a little bit, but not really has hard as I think it will," the 6-4 guard said. "I sit back and think about that. All last year, I was like "Yeah, I'm going to be here next year and all that stuff." Now, I'm here, and it hasn't really hit me yet."
Reed projected a polite, mature personality when he spoke with the media after Thursday's game. He answered all questions that came his way:
Are you living down here now (in Iowa City)?
Yeah. I'm living down here and taking to summer classes and working out with the team. That's pretty much what's going on with me right now.
How many classes do you have?
What are you taking?
Science and Technology and Social Problems. Both are taking care of one of my Gen Eds.
Who are you living with?
Are you getting freshmen orientation and hazing and stuff like that?
We never really went through orientation. I'm kind of glad because Angle went through it and he had a tough time. He said it was like the most boring thing he ever did. So, I'm glad that I didn't have to go through it.
What are you looking to accomplish this summer? What's most important to you?
Most important is to develop some strength; put on a little weight; just get my body strength up so I can take some bumps and some bruises and play at this level and be able to recover. After the games, you're sore. It's pretty much grown men out there. It's very physical. I just have to develop my body some more.
Are the guys bouncing you around quite a bit in practice?
Yeah. I'm starting to get used to it. I'm starting to learn how to handle it a little bit. They're pushing me real hard in the weight room.
What are they having you work on just in terms of the weights?
Everything, really. Everything has to get stronger.
Have they changed your diet at all?
They never really changed the diet. They just have me taking some protein shakes to help me put some weight on.
What do you weight now, and what do you think would be a comfortable weight for you?
I want to get up to about 185 by the end of the summer. Right now, I'm weighing about 177.
Have you noticed a big difference in quicknes at this level?
Oh yeah. In high school, you'd have one or two players that were just a lot quicker than everybody else. Out here, it's like everybody is just as quick as you are. You just have to learn the fundamentals so you can learn how to use your quickness. It's a big, big difference.
Where do you see yourself fitting in position wise?
Probably a two guard. Maybe a little point. I'm comfortable playing both positions. I played them all throughout high school. I'll probably play two guard mainly because of my shooting ability.
How much fun is it going to be getting back with (high school teammates Mike) Henderson?
Oh, a lot of fun. I've been playing with him ever since I've been up here. We go an play at Carver. It's going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait. We've got a lot of people back home (in Waterloo) pushing for us and can't wait to see us get out there on the floor together.
How about the improvement that he's made that you've noticed with one year of college ball?
Wow. It's tremendous. I see a big difference in his game. He's learned so much about the game. Coming out of high school, you don't know too much. His body has developed. And his jump shot has come a long way. His jump shot is real, real good right now. With his quickness and a deadly jump shot, man, he's going to be something to watch.
Does it make you wonder how good you can be after a year?
Yeah. I can't wait. I'm going to keep working hard and try to make the most out of this opportunity that I was given.
What are you working on in terms of basketball skills?
I'm doing a lot of shooting. (The Iowa coaches) haven't really given me a scheduled workout or certain things to work on yet. I know they told me they want me to work on my left hand a whole lot and to continue to work on my shooting and my pivots; to learn how to curl off of the screens.
What about defense?
Always. You've got to be able to play defense. That's one of the things that I'm going to try to focus on during this summer league, especially playing against tough competition like this. I fugure that if I can stop of some of these guys, that will help me a whole lot.
What are your expectations for this fall in terms of contributing to this Iowa team?
Just to go out their and give them some more athleticism; some more quickness. Just give them a body that can get out and pressure the ball. And give them another shooter out there. If I can keep improving my shot, I can give them another threat from behind the arc. I think that's how I fit it.
Do you have a feeling that the team is pretty optimistic about this season?
Our expectations are pretty high. Guys have played together so they know each other's games. And with the new additions that we have on the team...Doug Thomas is very, very athletic and strong. As long as we work hard and learn to play together, this year is going to be pretty surprising to a lot of people.
Do you feel like the minutes are there for you? It's a crowded backcourt.
I'm not really sure. I'm not really too much worried about the minutes. I'm just worrried about devloping myself as a player and getting my strength up there. I know that eventually I'll get my turn. I've got patience. I can wait. I'm not too much worried about playing time right now. I'm worried about improving on my skills and my srength.
It has to help you to go against guys like Jeff and Pierre in practice?
That's a big-time help. It's a big difference than anyone I've ever played. Just going up against competition like that will make me a better player.