Harlem High School basketball coach Kim Chambers says the introduction of freshman standout Reggie Reid to his team has made the Bulldogs “relevant again.”
When Grovetown High opened three years ago, the sports programs at Harlem were gutted by the loss of about half the school’s student population.
The Bulldogs suffered multiple losing seasons.
Reid, though, is leading the charge to prove Harlem is back to form and should be respected, if not feared.
At this early part of the season, the 14-year-old point guard is averaging nearly 23 points, six rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. In addition, he is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line.
But Reid’s greatest talent, he says, is sharing the ball.
“I’m good at passing,” he said. “I’ll take the shot when we need it, but it’s a team and I want to get the team involved.”
Though young, Chambers said Reid already is proving himself a leader on a team with just three seniors.
“He’s the kind of player that makes other players around him better,” Chambers said. “I’ve never had a player like him.”
In 23 years of coaching, Chambers said he has only seen a couple of other freshmen who can dominate the court the way Reid has.
Reid said he’d one day like to dominate for perennial basketball powerhouse Duke University.
Already, he says, college scouts are sending him questionnaires to get more background information. Reid started playing organized basketball when he was 10.
A year-round sport for Reid, he also plays basketball on the Will Avery Stars and Southern Kings travel teams.
That travel experience, Reid said, helps him handle the pressure of becoming a high school basketball superstar.
“I know a lot of people are depending on me, but that makes me want to play better,” he said. “It pushes me. It makes me play hard.”