Like Morningstar, Reed dreamed of running out the tunnel at Allen Fieldhouse and playing in the Phog growing up in Eureka and Burlington. Reed, who actually teamed with Morningstar in high school on their AAU team Pump N Run, was named Mr. Kansas Basketball and selected as Kansas' Gatorade Player of the Year following hs senior season at Burlington High.
Reed, who was recruited by such colleges as Missouri, K-State,
Oklahoma, Stanford and North Carolina, paid his dues his first three
seasons off the KU bench, but always had a knack for making big shot
after big shot while possessing arguably the greatest work ethic of any
The 6-3 guard has surpassed fans' expectations in his senior swan song
and enjoyed the best year of his career. Reed, the only KU player to
start all 29 games, is averaging career highs in points (9.8 ppg),
steals (43), blocks (7), assists (55), rebounds (2.9) and minutes
(27.4). Reed, who leads KU in three-pointers made with 56 and also in
free-throw percentage (82.6), has upped his production in conference
play, averaging 10.4 points per game while scoring in double digits in
three of his last four games.
The sweet shooter ranks No. 9 in school history with 160 three-point
field goals and tied with Morningstar for No. 8 in career three-point
field goal percentage (41.5). Reed, a three-time Academic All-Big 12
First-Team selection, was named a first-team Academic All-American last
Tuesday. He graduated in 3.5 years with a degree in pre-physical
therapy/exercise science and has been accepted to KU's School of
Medicine physical therapy program.
Both Reed and Morningstar will forever be linked by their Kansas roots,
their great three-point shooting, their strong work ethic, and as
players who started together in the backcourt their senior years.
"Not only have those two been great for our program they've been to the
point where if they don't perform well, we don't win," Self said.
"There have been huge improvements in their developments since they
first got here."
Self talked about what he'll remember most about the two seniors.
"Tyrel came in as a nervous kid. Really nervous around me and didn't
get me at all for a while," Self said. "As he's matured and developed I
think he's one of the most fun kids to be around, period. I'll miss
Brady a ton because he's as much of the personality of our team as
Self will also miss Little as the three seniors play their final home
game tonight in the Phog. They'll each be introduced before the game
with their family members, and give their senior speeches after the
"Senior Night is a celebration of three guy's careers," Self said.
And I expect Jayhawk fans will bring their "A" game, shower them with
cheers and love, thank them for the memories (and still more to come),
and send these seniors out in winning style in a night the trio will
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