After earning a bit of a national reputation thanks to his play over the summer, Tyrel Reed a junior point guard from Burlington (KS) High has hosted several schools for workouts. Reed, who has grown nearly an inch since the end of the summer to 6-3, has hosted the likes of Kansas, North Carolina, Stanford, Missouri State, Wichita State, Baylor, Kansas State, UNLV, TCU, Iowa and others as they’ve watched him work out in an open gym setting.
An excellent student in the classroom, Reed is also sharp when it comes to recruiting and is learning what to look for.
“You can kind of tell sometimes, just by looking over and watching them, who is really interested,” Reed told Phog.net. “Some people will watch but not really pay attention, but you can tell the others who are really paying attention to what you are doing. Some people will come and watch you work out but they won’t really watch and you wonder why they came.”
Growing up in Kansas, Reed is very familiar with Bill Self’s Jayhawks. He attended several games as a sophomore, and returned to play pickup over the summer. Friday night, Reed was in Lawrence once again for Late Night. Having a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of atmosphere, Reed was more interested and seeing this year’s edition of the Jayhawks.
“I wasn’t really looking for anything, I just wanted to see all of the other recruits and see how the new team looked,” said Reed. “I had a good time just being there and seeing all of the new guys play. I got to go into the locker room afterward and talk to the players and got treated real well by everybody.”
Having already squared off with many of the Jayhawks, Reed was interested to see who would shine. One player in particular caught his eye.
“Micah Downs impressed me,” said Reed. “When I went up and played my best pickup, it was during camp last summer. I guarded Micah then and he didn’t really do a whole lot. He showed me he can really play and that maybe he didn’t do a lot because he didn’t really get the ball that much.”
With his junior season rapidly approaching, Reed is starting to focus on what he needs to do in order to win a state championship like he did as a freshman. Stronger, more athletic, and more confident than ever, he feels like he’s got a big season ahead of him.
“I’ve been working real hard and I really feel like this is going to be a good year for me,” said Reed who battled ankle problems much of the summer. “My ankle feels good, and I guess I’m just ready to go. I can’t wait to get out there.”
His attention focused on the season at hand, Reed has put the task of figuring out his favorites on the backburner. He wants to see exactly who comes out and watches this winter, and exactly who is really paying attention when they do watch. He’s also learned about how the Internet can play into his recruitment.
“It seems like all of the coaches read the Internet and every time there is a story about me they want to call and ask about it if they don’t get listed or something,” said Reed. “I guess I really can’t quite say who the favorites are. Once they come out to my games, I’ll better understand who likes me. Then I’ll get a better idea of how I feel about them.”