The 6-foot-1 guard had a big freshman season at Robert Morris, averaging 15.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Reed also shot 49 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. After sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Reed will have three years of eligibility remaining and has a chance to see if he can continue to play well at the ACC level.
The freshman had 22 points and played 37 minutes in a loss to Duke in the Round of 64 during the 2015 NCAA Tournament, so he’s at least done it before.
Robert Morris freshman guard Marcquise Reed granted release from scholarship
Late Thursday night it was reported that Robert Morris freshman guard Marcquise Reed’s request to be released from his scholarship had been granted, with multiple outlets confirming the news Friday morning. News of Reed’s request was first reported by Marcus Helton of DMVElite.com.
The loss of Reed came just hours before it was reported by Andy Katz of ESPN.com that the school has agreed with head coach Andy Toole on a two-year contract extension that pushes his deal through the 2019-20 season. Holding onto Toole, who last month led the Colonials to the NCAA tournament and a win over North Florida before falling to No. 1 Duke, is an important move for the Colonials as they look to remain a contender in the Northeast Conference.
But the loss of Reed is a big deal, as he put together a freshman year that led to him being named the NEC’s top rookie.
Reed averaged 15.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season, and he followed up a 19-point outing in the Colonials’ First Four win over North Florida with 22 in RMU’s loss to Duke. Reed’s departure means that Robert Morris will lose two of its top three scorers from this year’s NEC tournament champion squad, with senior leader Lucky Jones being the other.
Aaron Pryor, who led the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, will be a senior next season and point guard Kavon Stewart has eligibility remaining as well.
Andy Toole will remain the head coach at Robert Morris
Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole, one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel, has decided to remain with the Colonials, the school announced on Friday night.
“We’re thrilled that Andy has decided to remain at RMU,” Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said in a statement. “He has accomplished a great deal with our program, and we have full confidence that he can take our program to even greater heights.”
Toole is 110-66 since taking over the program in 2010. He helped Robert Morris reach the 2015 NCAA Tournament after back-to-back appearances in the NIT the two previous seasons. The Colonials defeated North Florida in the First Four before being eliminated by No. 1 Duke in the Round of 64.
Toole had been in contention for the Fordham vacancy. The Rams parted ways with Tom Pecora after five seasons. Fordham, which hasn’t had a winning record since 2007, actually has some young talent on the roster. However, the Rams’ future took a hit when their top player, Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, was granted his release, as he will explore other options.