Kansas Big Man Reed Visits Saint Louis

Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) High School power forward Willie Reed is still growing, both in physical stature and in terms of his reputation on the recruiting circuit. The 6-foot-11 Reed has a list of interested Division I schools that seems to be growing every day.

"He's 6-11," said Matt Suther, Reed's coach with the Mo-Kan Players. "He's got a very slender build. He's very skilled, both in the post and outside. He can handle it. He's got good post moves. Right now he's just light, because he grew so fast. He's just very skilled 6-11."

Reed recently made an unofficial visit to Saint Louis University with Suther and AAU teammates Marcus Butler and Rafael Brown while the Players were traveling to a tournament in Indiana.

Reed was offered a scholarship by former Billikens coach Brad Soderberg. Now new coach Rick Majerus has picked up that recruitment and offered the Kansas City area big man a scholarship.

Reed claims scholarship offers from a wide variety of schools: "Missouri, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Saint Louis, Colorado, Colorado State, Kentucky, New Mexico State, Santa Clara and Tulsa."

The forward also claims he doesn't have any favorites.

"I'm just open to going anywhere that's open to me where I can play early," he said.

Reed enjoyed his visit to Saint Louis and already has a relationship with one of the Billikens' top players.

"It was outstanding," he said. "I loved the campus. It's close to home. I loved it. I loved the atmosphere and the students were great. I'm real close with Tommie Liddell."

Suther said Reed likes the Billikens.

"I know he's very interested in Saint Louis," he said.

A lot of schools like Reed, who was 6-2 in eighth grade, 6-4 as a freshman, 6-6 as a sophomore and around 6-8 as a junior. Suther said Reed was 6-9 last summer and could still be growing after shooting up two inches since then.

"The doctors say I've probably got another two inches," Reed said. "I could get to 7-1."

If that happens, you can expect the big man's recruitment to blow up.

"He kind of came out of nowhere," Suther said. "Before last summer he hadn't played a lot of competitive ball. He was kind of awkward. He's really come on in the last nine to 12 months."

The biggest problem for Reed has been gaining weight. Suther estimated that Reed weighed around 205 to 210 pounds.

Reed said he's recently gained seven pounds, and now weighs 193.

"It's been tough to put on weight," he said, "but I've been in the weight room working on my body every other day."

Reed's weight hasn't stopped many schools from showing interest and offering scholarships. That's because the big man has a strong all-around game that he patterns after his two favorite players: Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

"I'm more of a small forward-power forward type," he said.

Reed, who said he wants to study business in college, said he can handle the ball and will knock down jumpers from the perimeter if teams underestimate his skills on the perimeter.

Reed said he plans to make his college decision by the early signing period.

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