"We look a little bit alike and have the same style of play," Reed said. "He's a great player."
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound junior point guard has some of the same intangibles as the former Kansas guard and current NBA player. He knows the game, makes people better and can also score when needed.
"I'm a coach's son," Reed said. "It's not like I have to score. I can do a lot of things – like get people involved."
Reed still needs to get stronger to handle the rigors of big-time college basketball – because he'll likely be playing at the highest level after he finishes up at Burlington High (Kan.). He needs to added bulk not only on the offensive end to be able to finish with more consistency, but also defensively if he's going to defend bigger guards in the ACC, Big 12 or Pac-10.
"He's got great instincts," said K.C. Pump ‘N Run coach L.J. Goolsby. "He's smart and knows when to make the right decisions. He shoots it well and is a terrific kid."
Reed, who boasts a 4.0 GPA, mentions North Carolina, Kansas, Stanford and Georgia Tech as the four leaders. However, none have offered a scholarship just yet, though that's likely to change soon.