KU's Reed eyeing leadership role

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kansas University basketball guard Tyrel Reed, who stepped up to hit the big shot in numerous games during his sophomore season, plans to expand his role not only on the court, but in the locker room in 2009-10.

Reed, a 6-foot-3 guard from Burlington, recently attended the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference in Orlando, Fla. He was one of 700 college athletes from Div. I, II and III schools who studied a leadership handbook and attended several seminars designed to help players improve their leadership skills.

“I plan to try to bring back some of the qualities and some of the things we talked about and try to institute it into being a better leader on the team and on campus,” Reed said.

“I definitely feel after going to that conference and after being under coach (Bill) Self for a couple years that I’m a lot more confident, and I feel like I can assume that leadership role,” added Reed, who averaged 6.5 points per game as a key reserve on a 27-8 KU team.

“I need to be more vocal. That’s probably the biggest key for me. I try to lead by example a lot, but sometimes you just have to step in there and say what you really feel and hopefully other people will follow what you say.”

The Academic all-Big 12 first-team pick attended several seminars about “sportsmanship and a lot of different leadership roles that we would take on our campus. There were a lot of people there, a lot of different networking. I got to meet probably 50 different people and got 50 new Facebook friends. It was just a lot of fun,” he said.

“We set goals of what we want to bring back to our campus. Hopefully when the school year starts I can try to get more involved on campus.”

Miles update: Former KU point guard Aaron Miles is in Cleveland attending mini-camp of the NBA’s Cavaliers. Miles, who played in Greece last season, will play for the Dallas Mavericks in the Las Vegas summer league in July.