Reed Relaxed, Ready for Summer Circuit

After a couple of busy months in April and May where he had to balance basketball, track, school and a sore ankle, Tyrel Reed needed some rest and relaxation. Thanks to an early June fishing trip to Colorado with his father and some friends, the 6-3 point guard from Burlington (Kan.) High is ready to hit the court again.

He's also looking forward to his KC Pump ‘N Run team finally being at full strength when they hit tournaments in Kansas City and Las Vegas during July.

"Overall I'm thinking it's going to be a better summer for my team because we are going to have everybody," said Reed. "With everybody back it will help me out because I can make more plays for others and really create. I know that I can score whenever I need to."

Playing in front of coaches and recruiting analysts, Reed has gone from relative unknown to highly coveted prospect. He's drawing scholarship offers from several programs in the Big 12 and ACC and because of that it's become a lot harder to make a decision. After initially hoping to have his list cut down to five or six schools by the end of spring, there's too much interest to chop things down just yet.

"I'm not going to make a hasty decision," said Reed. "I kind of figured it would take me a while because I'm a little gun shy. I've seen a lot of other kids jump into some bad situations and I don't want to do that."

One program that has stayed high on Reed's list is North Carolina. He's stayed in touch with Roy Williams and is aiming to set up an official visit sometime in the fall.

"We're still talking all the time, I just talked to (Coach Williams) a couple of weeks ago," said Reed. "I'm hopefully going to set up a visit in the fall. Everything is pretty much the same with them."

Despite showing plenty of interest and evaluating him closely, the Tar Heels have yet to offer Reed.

"Coach Williams said that he knows I'm a gym rat and he tells me to keep working like I do," said Reed. "He likes what I do, it's just got to be the right fit."

In addition to traveling with his summer team, Reed is also ticketed to attend the Adidas Superstar camp in Atlanta during the early July evaluation period. He'll chop his list down after July and set up his visits so that he can make a decision. In the meantime, he'll do what he always does and that's hit the gym to work on his weaknesses.

As for what he's looking for in a coach, Reed wants to play and he's looking for a coach who can get him ready for the floor as soon as possible.

"I want a coach who will tell me what I need to do to play as early as possible so I can work on it," said Reed. "I don't expect to be handed anything and I know I'm going to have to work for anything."

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