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Former Georgia Tech guard Brandon Reed returning to Arkansas State

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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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Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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