Walz key to Monique Reid's commitment

Monique Reid, who led the state in scoring and rebounding as a junior at Fern Creek High School, verbally committed to new U of L women's hoops head coach Jeff Walz on Wednesday. InsideTheVille.com spoke with Reid and Fern Creek head coach Michelle Fries about the stars decision.

As a junior at Fern Creek High School, Monique Reid led that state in scoring and rebounding, earning multiple All-State accolades and drawing the attention from college coaches from throughout the region.

While coaches from schools such as Dayton, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Liberty, Memphis, Miami, Penn State and Western Kentucky were doing their best to convince Reid to come play for their programs, new University of Louisville head coach Jeff Walz was developing a strong relationship with the state's top junior.

On Wednesday, while making an unofficial visit with Louisville, Reid verbally pledged to the Cardinals.


1st year U of L head coach Jeff Walz
"It was like we have known each other for a long time," Reid said of her developing relationship with Walz. "I've always wanted to go there, but it was unexpected. It's a big relief. Now I don't have to worry about that and I can concentrate on getting better."

While a decision this early wasn't expected, Fern Creek head coach Michelle Fries explained that Walz did a great job getting to know the rising junior.

"I think it all has to do with Coach Walz," Fries said. "She loves the new coach and built an immediate rapport with him. He made it very clear that she was their number one target and that they wanted to get her as soon as they could."

As a junior Reid averaged 28.9 points and 16.2 rebounds per game. She will be participating in a trio of upcoming AAU events, including the state finals in early June and national tournament in July.

"She's an outstanding player in every aspect of the word," Fries said of her star. "She's a great team player and loves to pass the ball and get her teammates involved. She still gives me cold chills when I watch her play."

Her dream of playing basketball also includes the desire of playing professionally once her college days are completed.

"She does have aspirations of playing in the WBNA," Fries said. "I've talked to a few players about her and they said that she has the skills to develop into a WNBA type of player."

Projected to play the three position at Louisville, Reid has the ability to make an impact from the moment she puts on the red and black.

"I know that I'll have to work extra hard," Reid told InsideTheVille.com. "I think that I'll be able to make an impact in scoring, rebounding and with my defense."


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