After speaking with Kansas head coach Bill Self one more time, Tyrel Reed has made up his mind and he’ll officially become a Jayhawk when he signs a letter of intent during a 3pm press conference at Burlington High School.
“I’m going to be a Jayhawk now,” Reed told Phog.Net during an exclusive interview. “It feels really good to know that I’m going to play close to home and around a good support system.
Up until a few days ago, Reed had been planning to wait until the spring to see what happens. Already holding offers from and having visited his other finalists Missouri, Missouri State, Oklahoma and Stanford -- after previously considering offers from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and others -- the general consensus was that Bill Self had yet to offer Reed a scholarship.
As it turns out, Reed has been in possession of an offer from Kansas -- and a promise from Self that there would be a spot for him if he wanted to commit -- for a few months.
“Coach actually offered him a long time ago but coach Self also told him that they were really hoping to sign a wing player in the fall,” said Reed’s father and high school coach Stacy. “So Ty decided to wait until the spring to see what happened and coach Self understood that he was going to look around at other schools. They didn’t get the wing they wanted in the fall and Tyrel was still going to wait until the spring but he decided to go ahead and do it.”
Well known inside of the state of Kansas and out, Reed is a tall point guard with the ball skills and shooting ability to slide over to the wing and play as a scorer if needed. A good decision maker, he’s led Burlington to a 68-2 record and a class 3A championship to this point in his high school career.
The chance to commit to Kansas early was both a relief and the realization of a dream.
“It is (a relief),” said Reed. “In my heart I’ve always wanted to go to Kansas. I’ve been going to camps there since I was a kid. I think I was like six years old the first time my dad and Coach Miller (then assistant Ben Miller) snuck me in. It’s been a long process but I can finally say I’m a Jayhawk now.”
According to Reed, Kansas fans can expect him to give everything he has and to continue his unbelievable work ethic.
“I think I’m a competitor who is going to work as hard as I can,” said Reed. “Coming from a small town I know that I’m going to have to fight. Nothing is going to be given to me so that’s what I’m going to do and I’ll bring everything I can to the table.”
Speaking of that once closed door, Reed said that he and his father were once denied entrance to Kansas’ annual season opening Late Night festivities because Allen Fieldhouse was already full. Now that he’s a Jayhawk, Reed is pretty sure he won’t ever face that problem again.
“I’d hope not,” said Reed. “I think I’ll be able to get in from now on.”