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Ashley Brown: Former Harlem star Reid finds new home in Texas

Posted: December 20, 2017 - 2:19am
Former Harlem standout Reggie Reid has found a new home at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce, averaging almost 15 points a contest. Special/Texas A&M-Commerce
Former Harlem standout Reggie Reid has found a new home at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce, averaging almost 15 points a contest. Special/Texas A&M-Commerce

Former Harlem Basketball Star Reggie Reid has a new home.

The three-time Columbia County Player of the Year led the Bulldogs to an impressive 24-5 season as a senior in 2014-15. That year, he averaged 22 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 4 steals per game. Then, he made history when he became the first Harlem boys basketball player in almost 3o years to sign with a Division I program.

Florida Gulf Coast was Reid's college choice. It made sense. FGCU was a hot program having made a couple of deep runs in the NCAA Tournament and they played an exciting, up-and-down style that seemed to fit the speedy guard.

Early on, it appeared Reid would make his mark at FGCU. As a freshman Reid played in all 34 games and started 14 contests. He averaged 4.7 points, 3.1 assists per game with season highs of 18 points and 9 assists. However, due to an influx of high-caliber transfers, Reid's playing time and numbers dropped during his sophomore campaign. This reduction in minutes caused Reid to sit down for a heart-to-heart with FGCU head coach Joe Dooley this off-season. Reid decided it was best for him to transfer.

The 5-foot-11 guard chose to relocate to Commerce, Texas, home of the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce. The Division II Program has an enrollment of about 13,000 students and also boasts the recent D-II College Football national champions. The basketball team is not too shabby either. Through 11 games, the Lions are 10-1 and ranked No. 22 in the D-II National Poll. The Lions' only loss was a 63-62 heartbreaker on the road at No. 11 Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Reid has taken little time to showcase the talent that allowed him to score 1,797 points in just three seasons at Harlem. Through the team's first 11 contests, Reid leads the team in minutes played at 34.3 minutes per game, has scored in double figures in all 11 games, and is averaging 14.7 points per contest. He also leads the team in assists (4.8 per game) and steals (2.5 per game). He has chipped in 4.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 75.4 percent from the free throw line.

It's great to see Reid getting a chance to showcase his talent once again. It would have been a shame to see Reid wasting away on the Florida Gulf Coast bench. Thoroughbreds need to be free to run and Reggie Reid is a thoroughbred.

 

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