After averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 assists per game and winning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors, guard Brandon Reed made the decision to leave Arkansas State and transfer to Georgia Tech.
At the time head coach John Brady spoke out against Reed’s request to be released from his scholarship. But after three years in Atlanta, Reed has decided to return to Jonesboro as a graduate student, using his final season of eligibility at the school where his career began.
“We are excited about Brandon rejoining our program and enrolling in our master’s degree program,” said Brady in a statement released by the school.
“He brings leadership, experience, and an ability to score the basketball. His family and I have visited in depth about this move and we all believe it will benefit all involved.”
Playing time and scoring opportunities likely played a role in Reed’s decision to leave Georgia Tech, and those are unlikely to be issues at Arkansas State next season.
In two years at Georgia Tech, Reed attempted a total of 385 shots (34.8% FG). In his lone season at Arkansas State the 6-4 guard attempted 428 shots, shooting 39% from the field.
With two of their top three scorers from this past season’s 19-win team out of eligibility (guard Trey Finn and forward Brandon Peterson), the Red Wolves can use another scorer alongside point guard Ed Townsel.
Brady’s hope is that Reed can turn back the clock in a sense, regaining the form that resulted in a successful freshman campaign at Arkansas State.
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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.
In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.
If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.
Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.
A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.