Originally published April 27, 2011 at 03:21p.m., updated April 28, 2011 at 12:30a.m.

Kansas legislators call KU basketball standout Tyrel Reed a role model

Kansas Senator Jeff King presents Tyrel Reed Senate Resolution No. 1848 on Wednesday, April 27, in Topeka.

Kansas Senator Jeff King presents Tyrel Reed Senate Resolution No. 1848 on Wednesday, April 27, in Topeka.


— Tyrel Reed, the winningest player in the history of Kansas University men’s basketball, was honored Wednesday by the state Legislature.

Reed, accompanied by his parents, Stacy and Debbie Reed, was commended in both the House and Senate for his athletic and academic achievements and for being a role model to young people.

“Tyrel Reed exemplifies excellence in basketball, academics and life,” said Sen. Jeff King, who serves Kansas’ 15th District, which includes Burlington, Reed’s hometown. “I am honored to join Senator Jeff Longbine in recognizing Tyrel’s many accomplishments and the fine example he sets for Kansas kids.”

Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, introduced the Reeds on the floor of the House of Representatives. The three-time academic all-Big 12 pick who graduated from KU in 3 1/2 years as a pre-physical therapy and exercise science major with a 3.65 GPA received a standing ovation.

“It’s really cool to be recognized for something besides basketball,” Reed said. “Basketball is part of it, but trying to be a good person, it’s pretty cool. I’m just a normal kid. I don’t deserve any of these awards in my eyes, but it is really cool to be recognized for something like this.

“Live your dream. If you want to be a Jayhawk, play basketball, football or go to any of our other state schools, go after your dream as hard as you can and pursue it,” he said. “If you believe hard enough and work hard enough, it will happen.”

Reed graduated from Burlington High School where he led his team to three state playoff appearances, one title and a 95-4 record. He has been accepted to the physical therapy program at KU Medical Center.

— Assistant sports editor Gary Bedore contributed to this report.


jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

Translation: KU legislators grovel for votes.

Kevin Studer 7 years, 1 month ago

The same legislature that cut $50 million from education this year? Yeah. Ironic move, Legislature. Good to see you have a sense of humor.

jaybate 7 years, 1 month ago

jaybate's Italian Recruiting Diary:

Fuicimo Airport--no basketball prospects here, but jet lag maybe impairing judgement

Car Rental kiosk--the sultry Cinzia a definite candidate for cheerleader in Felliniesque jaybate's "City of Basketball Women." Rent Felliniesque Citroen Picasso C4 Diesel instead of desired Alfa Romeo. More headroom for tall recruits.

Lost in Roma suburb looking for bank to get Euros. Three banks tried had no 6'8" 245 lb tellers wanting to work with Manning.

Take pee break on A1 at Autogrill. Reminds me of same on Chicagoland tollway. Accidentally get stuck in truckers parking lot. Drive wrong way to get into car parking lot. On-coming Semi nearly rams me. No plug'n'play PGs in Autogrill. Very bad slice of cheese pizza.

Lost in Napoli waterfront when A1 suddenly branches unexpectedly into A2 and A3 and I take centro exit looking for A1. Feels like accidentally exiting into East St. Louis. Many XTReme Neapolitan longshoreman types willing to come to Lawrence and play grind it out with stilletos. U-turn over cobblestones perhaps laid by Ancient Greeks.

Lost in Sorrento and not caring about being lost. It is a magnificent coastal town with hundreds of PG prospects in Smart4Twos and Fiat Pandas. Saw Mugsy Bogues on a Vespa carrying a lemon the size of a shot put. Offered him a scholie to come back and play under the name of Sonny Corleone, but he declined, saying he had married a Siren and was set for life as a Sorrentine.

Swam on roof top pool at midnight looking at outline of Vesuvius and thought of recruiting it to play hi-lo with Mt. Oread. Got lost in Felliniesque stairway coming down from pool.

Decided to download map of Italy for GPS.

Fell asleep on balcony. Dreamed of finding next great post man at Paestrum ruins tomorrow. Not a bad first day of recruiting considering jet lag and being lost most of time.

FLJHK 7 years, 1 month ago

Great work. If you fail to land a recruit, we'll all settle on Cinzia.

Redlandsjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Very nice. Love the East St. Louis reference, have fun you lucky bastard and get home safe.

RockChalk26 7 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate, playing the role of Kevin Bacon in The Air Up There?

oregonjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Ahh..Sorrento. Have a limoncello while on the recruiting trail. Prego!

Tony Bandle 7 years, 1 month ago

Jaybate, my friend....the next policeman you see explain in a loud, happy voice "bessa ma cuta'!! They'll love you for it!!

Cautionary footnote: I think the rough translation is either 'I kiss the beautiful Italian sky!!" or " kiss my ass!!!". I don't remember which. :)

jhox 7 years, 1 month ago

How proud must Tyrell's parents have been of him today? I know the entire Jayhawk fan base is proud of him as well.

(Jaybate, lucky you. Suck down a few Italian beers for fellow Jayhawk fans.)

7 years, 1 month ago

A Peroni toast to Mr. Reed, indeed!

justinryman 7 years, 1 month ago

Wonder how big the smile was on Tyrel's face was today?

What a moment in ones life, very cool and Congrats!

FLJHK 7 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations Tyrel! Very much deserved.

Redlandsjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

I miss you already Tyrel. You are the face of what college basketball Should Be. Congratulations!!

Make_Ur_Free_Throws 7 years, 1 month ago

Way to go Tyrel!!! It's been an honor to watch your leadership and talents the past years! Good luck with your future education plans!

Aligned 7 years, 1 month ago

A role model, to be sure. Much more so than a pack of lowly politicians who aren’t even worthy to carry his jock strap, as they say. Congratulations Tyrel. We're going to miss you. You're the epitome of everything that's right with college athletics.

jayhawker0106 7 years, 1 month ago

Gotta agree - Tyrel embodies what is right about college athletics. Funny he was on the same team with a young man that embodied all that is wrong with college athletics... Nonetheless, congrats Tyrel!

jayhawkliz 7 years, 1 month ago

What a class act he is. Thanks for choosing KU to play for!

missingdigits 7 years, 1 month ago

Awesome job Tyrel!!! You were my favorite player this year. I have been a long time fan of KU but this year was about my end. While other team members and some fans seem to think it's cool to be "emotional" and elbow opposing teams and trash talk you remained composed and cool while knocking down shots. You are what KU basketball used to be. I will miss you!

Ryan Mullen 7 years, 1 month ago

Lets be honest his 3.65 gpa is good but not great. Class act though loved him being a Jayhawk.

fansincewilt 7 years, 1 month ago

Tyrel's dunk was one of the very bright highlights of the 10/11 basketball season. The Kansas legislature could not have picked a finer representative. Reed makes Kansas shine much brighter during this rainy season. I would take a team full of Reeds every year. His last game against VCU was certainly not his best but his character was never in doubt. We are certainly proud of this Kansan.

Mike Kendall 7 years, 1 month ago

What else can you say about Tyrel that has not been said? Loved him as a player at KU. He is one of my favorite all-time players at KU----with the likes of Kirk Heinrich, Jerrod Haase and Ryan Robertson. Congrats, Tyrel. Yep, I already miss you and the fact you won't be back next year. Good luck with your future endeavors----Rock Chalk!

Janet Olin 7 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations, Tyrel! Jayhawk Nation is proud of you. You represent all the best attributes of college athletics, and we salute you.

stm62 7 years, 1 month ago

Our legislators could learn alot from Tyrel, especially how to be a decent human being.

fansincewilt 7 years, 1 month ago

I doubt that any of us could do any better trying to balance the state budget but that's the law. It must be balanced. I wish we could pass a law that states our federal budget had to be balanced. Our state legislature is doing a much better job than most. I think Tyrel might actually make a good congressman some day. Who knows? However, he would probably rather be a coach.

jakzhumans 7 years, 1 month ago

Glad to hear this. Makes me curious though, was Tyrel's new brother-in-law, Darrell Stuckey, similarly honored? He has the same basic qualifications - Kansas native, Lowe's finalist, got his degree, solid guy off the field, great player, etc. Just about everything you'd hope for in the "role model for Kansas kids" department. I certainly hope he was given the same honor. And if he wasn't, I'd really like to know why not.

Rivethead 7 years, 1 month ago

You don't know why not?


Stuckey played that other sport at KU. You know, the one that fills dead time between The Dance and Late Night.

What do they call it? Football?

jakzhumans 7 years, 1 month ago

I sincerely hope it's nothing more than the football program being ignored in favor of basketball.

tauck 7 years, 1 month ago

Tyrell Reed is what College basketball is all about. He is also what college basketball should be about....a degree

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