Kansas Guard Has Missouri's Attention

Two areas in which the Missouri basketball program could stand to improve its personnel are on the perimeter: size and shooting. The Tigers rank 10th in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting and don't have a great deal of size at the guard position. One player who could help both categories is Hayden (KS) guard Jeff Reid.

Reid, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who averages 19 points and roughly six assists per game, shoots in the 40 percent range from 3-point range. He's been hearing from Mizzou in addition to a bevy of other high-major programs – Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oregon, Gonzaga and Butler.

Missouri's coaches "have been giving me a call once a month, which is what their allowed to do by the NCAA. They're doing their job and contacting me. I talk to Coach [Matt] Zimmerman a lot," Reid said. "They seem pretty interested."

So far, Kansas State is the only school to have offered Reid a scholarship. That's where his brother, Josh Reid, played from 1997 to 2002. Still, it's obvious he's the type of player who will have his share of options by the time junior recruiting goes into full-swing.

"He's very athletic and he can do a lot of things on the basketball floor," said Hayden High coach Ted Schuler, citing Reid as the best player to come through the school since Mark Turgeon in 1982. "He has the ability to play high DI and compete right away."

Reid averaged 23 points per game last year at 1A Northwest High before his father took a job that dictated a move. Hayden is a 4A school, but Reid's numbers have remained impressive, including a 29-point performance against Manhattan, which was ranked third in the 6A at the time.

He gets his points from inside and out, showing off a mix of outside shooting and slashing ability uncommon to players of his age and size. It's also a mix of skills that would fit well in Missouri's up-tempo system – a fact not lost on Reid.

"I like the way they play. That's the way I like to play," he said. "They say they like the way I play and they think I can be a good scorer."

Reid has not had a chance to meet Mizzou head coach Mike Anderson or visit campus, but is looking to set up a trip to Columbia sometime soon for an unofficial visit. At this point, he has no favorites.

"I'm still pretty open. I'll go wherever. Whatever fits best," he said.

He's visited Kansas and Kansas State and this weekend is making a trip out West to see Oregon and Gonzaga. He said he's "looking for a good education and also a basketball program that I'll like, and where I'll like the players and coaches."

InsideMizzou.com will update you again when Reid gets a chance to check out Missouri…

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