Reed Gets Visit from Roy Williams

BURLINGTON, Kan. --- Junior point guard Tyrel Reed and his Burlington (Kan.) High teammates opened up their annual mid-winter tournament with a blowout victory on Tuesday night. Ranked No. 1 in Kansas class 3A, Burlington had little trouble with an overmatched Iola High team as they started out quickly and rolled to a 98-53 victory.

Among those in attendance were Georgia Tech assistant coach Pete Zaharis and North Carolina head man Roy Williams. Making his second trip to Burlington to watch Reed, Williams was greeted by a long line of autograph seekers and when he wasn't signing autographs, he was treated to an impressive outing by the 6-3 Reed.

Burlington jumped out quickly as Reed focused on getting the ball to high scoring teammate Geoff Reeves. Reeves, an athletic 6-4 shooting guard who is a complete steal for Cornell, pumped in 25 of his game high 36 points during the first half on a series of long threes and an explosive jam in transition. While Reeves provided the downtown fireworks, Reed went to work off the dribble scoring on quick and athletic drives and several pull up jumpers from between 15 and 18 feet.

Thanks to a late flurry, Reed headed into halftime with 24 points of his own. With the game way out of reach during the second half, Reed returned for about a quarter's worth of action before finishing with 29 points, nine boards and four assists. The numbers, quite frankly, come pretty easily for Reed against this level of competition but much of it has to do with his confidence and added strength from work in the weight room.

"My strength and my speed are improved, I feel like I'm not getting pushed around anymore," said Reed who used his improved strength to make a few finishes he wouldn't have been able to this time last year. "I feel like I'm the one who is doing the pushing now and I've got room to get a lot better."

Thanks to a rigorous workout schedule -- the 16-year-old was back in the gym by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning -- there is little doubt that Reed will continue to improve upon his already advanced skill level. Even though he feels like he's got a long way to go, Reed can't help but feel good about the prospect of playing for a well known program and he's been impressed by the number of head coaches that have been by to see him.

"It just shows that a school is that much more interested in me, and it is big for a community like this" said Reed of visits from head coaches. "You also know that's who you will be playing for, not an assistant. It's the head coach that makes all of the decisions."

Although some schools are starting to distance themselves from others, Reed is hesitant to give a list of top schools because he doesn't want to scare anybody off. He did, however, admit that the second visit from Williams had some impact on him and how he feels about the Tar Heels.

"They are really high up there," Reed said after the game. "I love Coach Williams and I love their system. They are right up there in my top schools."

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