June 19, 2007

Reed enjoying summer

Since arriving in Lawrence, Kan., freshman Tyrel Reed has fully immersed himself into the Kansas Basketball program. Workouts, conditioning, and pickup games highlight the summer for the talented guard. With star players surrounding him, Reed's role is yet to be determined, but without a doubt, the Burlington, Kan.-native has the talent to make an immediate impact for the Jayhawks.

With Brandon Rush recovering from knee surgery, Reed may see the court early in the 2007-08 season, which is something he is prepared for.

Many Jayhawk fans questioned Bill Self's decision to offer Reed a scholarship. After all, he wasn't named to the McDonald's All America team. He wasn't ranked among the top 20 or even 60 players in the country. In fact, Reed was ranked as the No. 105 player in the class of 2007 by Rivals.

Certainly anyone who follows college basketball knows rankings aren't the single barometer for judging a player's talent level. In Reed's case, who is often compared to former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich, rankings definitely don't mean anything. KU's new addition, who was named the 2007 Mr. Basketball in the state of Kansas, has the talent to make an impact at KU, and is using the summer to prepare himself for just that.

"Good, they [workouts] are going real good," said Reed. "All of us freshman and the older guys are playing together and just trying to come together as a team."

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