October 17, 2007
Freshman Reed is beyond his years
The 2007-08 Jayhawks are loaded and ready for a run at the National Championship, a championship which has eluded them for 20 years. Bill Self has such a deep and talented roster, his freshman class has gone somewhat unnoticed. Aside from McDonald's All American Cole Aldrich, Self and his staff have brought in local players who received very little national coverage.
With so much basketball history in the state of Kansas, it may be a shock to see that it doesn't typically produce the big names in basketball these days. Hot spots like Dallas, Tex., Los Angeles, Calif., New York, NY, and states along the east coast are known more for their long line of top prospects coming out of high school.
KU's last big-time recruit from its own backyard was star forward Wayne Simien, now with the NBA's Miami Heat. Now, the Jayhawks have another talent, from a small town in Eastern Kansas.
Tyrel Reed is a gym rat. The kind of player who shoots until his arms are numb, runs until legs collapse, and works on every aspect of his game until he becomes the best possible player he can be.
Ranked No. 103 in the class of 2007, Reed could possibly be one of the 10 most underrated prospects in the country. He received offers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Missouri State, as well as interest from Kansas State
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