Cokie Reed Talks Texas

Cokie Reed scored 26 points last night in Waco Midway's bi-district playoff beating of Mesquite Poteet, 68-29. Reed, one of the top girl's post players in the country, has already committed to Coach Gail Goestenkors and the Lady Longhorn basketball team. Burnt Orange Beat spoke Cokie Reed before the playoffs started to get her thoughts on Texas.

The 6-4 center prospect from Waco Midway, Cokie Reed, is part of a team that has high hopes heading into the 4A girls state basketball playoffs. Reed led the Pantherettes to resounding bi-district win over Mesquite Poteet last night by scoring 26 points. Reed almost outscored the entire Poteet roster in the 68-29 win.

Central Texas' Reed, who is known as one of the top shot blockers in the country in addition to her obvious offensive game, looked to stay close to home when she was choosing a college.

"I really wanted to stay close to home so my parents could come see me. Austin is a straight drive from my house. It's about an hour and a half. Austin is close and comfortable," Reed said.

Reed selected to Longhorns in October of last year. Reed actually started to get to know the Longhorn program while it was still directed by the legendary Longhorn coach Jody Conradt.

"Texas started recruiting me in seventh grade - Karen Aston who is now (head coach) at Charlotte," said the soft spoken Reed.

It wasn't long before other national powers started knocking on Cokie Reed's door. Duke's then coach Gail Goestenkors showed interest in Reed as well. So when Coach Goestenkors took over for Coach Conradt, the transition for Reed was smooth.

"Duke actually started recruiting me my eighth grade summer and my freshman year, so I kind of got a relationship with her (Coach Gail Goestenkors) then. It was easy," said Reed.

Before choosing the Longhorns, Reed took four official visits to out-of-state schools ironically given that she said she wanted to stay close to home.

"I took four official visits. I, of course, visited Texas (unofficially), South Carolina, Rutgers, Central Arkansas, and LSU," Reed added.

After all of her visits, Reed said the choice was easy.

"I just like Texas the most."

Reed signed with the Longhorns in the November signing period along with Lauren Flores, a guard from North Shore High School. The Longhorns are still in contention to sign Sugarland Dulles star post player Kelsey Bone and Tayler Hill, a guard from Minnesota.

Reed and the Waco Midway Pantherettes will continue their run through the playoffs when they face the winner of Mt. Pleasant and Nacogdoches.

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