Reed Off To Quick Start

Even if he'd been able to script it, Tyrel Reed probably couldn't have written a better start to his junior year. The 6-3 ½ point guard from Burlington (Kan.) High is averaging 24 points and six assists a game while piloting the No. 1-ranked team in Kansas class 3A to an undefeated start.

"We're 4-0 right now, it's going pretty well," Reed told Inside Carolina. "We played in our tournament and it was all 4A schools that are bigger than us so we thought it would be pretty good competition. We beat Chanute who is ranked No. 3 in the state in 4A by 21 in the finals though."

After seeing plenty of coaches, including North Carolina boss Roy Williams, stop by to watch him during the fall, Reed has seen even more stop by this winter. Last Friday both Kansas State and Stanford were represented at one of his games and he's expecting Kansas and others to stop by later this week.

In fact, North Carolina had planned on a return trip to Burlington last week but will reschedule after a last minute cancellation.

"They were supposed to come out but Coach Williams hurt his back and our game got cancelled because of snow," said Reed. "Coach said that he's going to try and make it out to our mid-season tournament or Coach Holladay will be out soon."

According to Reed -- who is coached at Burlington by his father Stacy -- he's kept in contact with the Carolina staff and does what he can to keep up with UNC and other schools that are recruiting him.

"I talk to them periodically, every once in a while, and I know my dad talks to them quite a bit," said Reed. "I've been trying to keep up with them as much as possible and have seen them some. It's hard when I've got my own games and practices and stuff like that. They look good even though they lost everybody and are real young."

On the court, Reed has been reaping the benefits of some added strength. An excellent shooter off of the dribble and from deep who runs his team, he's always been able to get to the basket. However, after working out with a personal trainer and adding ten pounds of muscle to bring his weight up to 170 pounds, he's finding things are a little easier.

"I feel like when I attack the basket that I'm not getting pushed around as much," says Reed, who also carries a 4.0 GPA. "I could hold my own before, but I guess you could say I feel more dominant out there with added strength."

Now that he's becoming well known on the national level and being recruited by high major basketball programs, Reed is starting to notice different treatment on the court. Facing the set defenses designed to stop him is something he figures can only help down the road.

"I'm starting to see some of the junk defenses, they've tried box and ones and triangle and twos that force you to adjust," said Reed. "It's a little different when you play in a smaller league because they do know you and what you can do. I think I'm adjusting pretty well."

At this point North Carolina has yet to make a scholarship offer, but Reed is in no hurry. He and his father are trying to find a time where expenses and schedule allow for an unofficial visit to Tobacco Road, but a decision won't happen for a while.

"I'll probably wait until after the summer circuit is over," said Reed. "I'd like to see how the circuit goes and I want to see who else comes out to watch me from now until then."

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