Speak with Tyrel Reed for a few minutes and you get the idea that keeping up that ludicrous winning percentage is a driving force.
“I guess I just want people to know that I’m going to compete no matter what the score is,” Reed told Phog.net. “I’m never going to let somebody walk all over me. It doesn’t matter whether I’m up 50 or down 50, I’m going to get after it.”
That burning desire combined with a pretty jump shot, quickness, excellent ball handling skills and the ability to make those around him better has started to generate some serious attention. Among the schools that have been in to see him at Burlington are Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Stanford, Iowa, UNLV, Creighton, Wichita State, Missouri State and several others.
In fact, Reed has heard from or seen so many coaches that it has become a bit of a blur to him. Rather than take a chance on forgetting somebody he likes, Reed is trying to hold off until he cuts down his list to a more manageable size before saying exactly who his favorites are. However, he does admit that he can’t help but dream about playing for a school in a conference like the Big 12 or the ACC.
“Those are good conferences and they all do what they do like run and shoot and play pressure defense,” says Reed who is averaging 24.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this winter. “They do the things that I want to do. It’s just basketball in my mind, they do all of the things that you’d want to do.”
In his spare time, Reed says that he’s been watching more college hoops than ever before. He wants to get a better feel for those recruiting him and he’s got some specific areas that he focuses on when watching.
“For instance, with a freshman, if he takes a bad shot or makes a mistake, what does the coach do,” wonders Reed. “Does he yank them out? Or, does he talk to them and let them play through their mistakes?”
While his primary focus is helping Burlington reclaim the state championship that they won during his freshman season, Reed is getting a good idea of the steps he’ll take in order to end his recruitment.
“I’ll watch to see who comes out and watches me in AAU and keeps showing interest and then I’ll cut my list down,” said Reed. “I’d like to have a decision by the fall and I don’t really see it going into my season.”