Friday, June 13, 2014

In fine form: Reed shoots sweet as ever at KU alumni classic

Tyrel Reed spots up for a three during the annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, played Thursday evening at Lawrence High. The annual basketball game, which features former Kansas players, benefits local kids fighting cancer and other diseases.

Tyrel Reed spots up for a three during the annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, played Thursday evening at Lawrence High. The annual basketball game, which features former Kansas players, benefits local kids fighting cancer and other diseases.


2014 Rock Chalk Roundball Classic

Former Kansas University athletes, including Cole Aldrich, Tyrel Reed, Ben McLemore, Russell Robinson, Jeff Hawkins, Jeff Carey, Jeff Graves, Todd Reesing, Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles, Mario Little, Conner Teahan, Sean Pearson and Carolyn Davis, played in the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic — which benefited local families fighting cancer and other diseases — on June 12, 2014, at Lawrence High.

Ben McLemore follows Todd Reesing's miss

Ben McLemore slams home a missed Todd Reesing 3-pointer in the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Lawrence High.

Left open in the corner with the outcome of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic on the line, former Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed delivered on Thursday night in a packed Lawrence High gym.

The 2011 KU graduate from Burlington accepted a bullet pass from Russell Robinson, then hit nothing but net with 10.5 seconds to play, erasing a one-point deficit and giving the KU Alumni Red team a 91-89 victory over the Alumni Blue squad.

“Tyrel always does that. He’s been doing that since Kansas, just hitting big shots,” said losing Blue team member Brady Morningstar, whose three-point shot for the victory missed with one second left on the clock.

“I knew when it left his hand it was going in. I said, ‘Don’t let him shoot it,’ but it got off and it was in,” added Morningstar, who hit four threes and scored 16 points.

Reed, who is a physical therapy student at KU Med, connected on eight threes Thursday, good for 27 points. He tied for team-high scoring honors with Red teammate Ben McLemore, who put on a show with numerous high-flying dunks.

“Man, it was fun,” said Reed. “It was a great pass from Russell up the court. I was lucky enough to shoot it at the end. I like taking those last shots. I always have.”

Asked about his remarkable shooting performance, he said: “It’s probably because I don’t play anymore. My legs are fresh. I’m healthy. My ankle (that he hurt at KU) feels good. I’m in a good spot.”

Reed wasn’t convinced his bucket would be enough to beat a Blue squad that took an 89-88 lead with 27 seconds left on a driving layup by Sherron Collins, who finished with eight points. Morningstar had a good straight-on look for three at the buzzer.

“It was close. Brady’s a great shooter, so I’m sure they were happy with that shot, too,” Reed said.

“I thought it was good. I sure did. We could have used it,” said Morningstar, who played for a pro team in Finland last season.

The Blue team was led by Mario Little and Cole Aldrich, who had 31 and 20 points respectively.

Little had an amazing dunk. He missed a free throw on purpose, then flew though the lane to grab the ball and ram it home.

“It was easy,” Little said, with a smile, of his topping the 30-point mark. “I do what I can — high school rims, high school court.”

Little, who emerged as a standout for Tulsa in the NBA Developmental League last season, will play for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league team.

“I’ve been ready for the NBA. I’ve been working hard, trying to better my skill level and all of that. If it comes, it comes,” Little said of playing on the highest level.

Former KU football phenom Todd Reesing had 11 points for the winning Red Team. He hit a three to open the scoring and had an acrobatic spinning layup for a hoop.

“I think I got lucky, that’s what I think,” Reesing said. “I didn’t think it (layup) was going to hit the rim. The fact it went in ... I was probably the most surprised person in the building. I’m glad it did.”

Of his 11-point outing, he said: “I was going to be happy if I hit the rim or backboard a couple times. To actually see a couple buckets go in, I’ll take it.”

Red 91, Blue 89

RED (91)

Tyrel Reed 27, Ben McLemore 27, Todd Reesing 11, Jeff Hawkins 6, Greg Dreiling 6, Russell Robinson 6, Sean Pearson 5, Wayne Simien 4, Brennan Bechard 0, Danni Boatwright 0.

BLUE (89)

Mario Little 31, Cole Aldrich 20, Brady Morningstar 16, Sherron Collins 8, Jeff Graves 6, Brandon McAnderson 5, Conner Teahan 2, Jeff Carey 2, Carolyn Davis 2, Aaron Miles 0, Jeff Gueldner 0.

x-Points do not add up to the official score on scoreboard.

This that: Former KU center Greg Dreiling, who happens to be 51 years old, swished a pair of three-point baskets ... Jeff Graves flushed a highlight-reel dunk off a lob from Morningstar. ... Jeff Carey had a steal and finished the play with a slam. ... McLemore hit the offensive boards to flush a slam dunk off a Reesing miss. He also blocked a layup try by Conner Teahan on one end, then on the other end finished with a one-handed slam. ... Reed’s winning three meant Bud Stallworth is 6-0 as head coach in this event, which benefits families affected by cancer. “He (Stallworth) said, ‘Good shot at the end.’ He said we had it all along. He wasn’t worried, so I wasn’t either,” Reed said.

Big Wigg: Former KU shooting guard Andrew Wiggins traveled to Oregon this week to visit the Nike campus. Nike, which wants to sign Wiggins to a shoe deal, rolled out the red carpet for Wiggins, creating a sign that read, “Big Wigg on Campus.” Read more about it in's All Eyes on KU blog.


Jonathan Allison 3 years, 10 months ago

sounds like an incredible alumni turnout for the game! Almost like the Legends game.

Robert Brock 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm happy to know that Gravy can still run.

Mick Allen 3 years, 10 months ago

Always remember Gravy's performance in the championship game against the 'cuse when he went for 16 and 16. One of my favorites.

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

He was definitely instrumental in stepping in for injured Simien and helping us get to that title game. As far as that game itself, what I remember was his and Collison's poor free throw performance. (Just looked up the box score, Graves was 2-7, Collison was 3-10 and even Langford was bad at 5-10, in a game that was lost by only 3 points).

Rich Hetherington 3 years, 10 months ago

What could have been.... I lived in Lawrence at the time at 14th and Mass and was clearly ready to hit the streets following the game. I still got to do that, but not with a crazy, pumped up crowd like I saw on TV after the '08 championship. It was more like a handful of disappointed and angry fans yelling **** Syracuse for the next couple hours before dying off. Darn!

Jack Wilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Jesse, for brightening our day.

On a similar note, Reed and Morningstar (playing a total of 66 minutes between them) were a combined 2-16 from the field (including 1-10 from 3) against VCU in 2011.

Jonathan Allison 3 years, 10 months ago

on a similar note. Neither the '03 championship loss nor the 2011 VCU loss footage has been reviewed by responsible coaching staff, yet both have been replayed ad nauseum in these comments ever since.

Mick Allen 3 years, 10 months ago

Ad nauseam? I didn't realize recounting playing in the national championship game was that offensive Jonathan.

Jack Wilson 3 years, 10 months ago

Mick .. by the way, appreciated your summary from the scrimmage a few days ago. I am very much hoping that Mason is the player we think that he is (me, later than you, of course). Once that 3 starts falling, as it did late in the season, I don't know how that guy doesn't play. He really was a more effective late in the season on penetration, and creating. I just have a good feeling about the guy.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 10 months ago

I got a copy of the shot chart from that VCU game, never seen so many X's on a score sheet that was not in a bowling ally. God Awful...

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 10 months ago

I was at the game. Never seen anything worse than that game. Michigan, N. Iowa,Stanford .... several comparable but none worse. Is it just me or does Kansas always have the worst season enders.

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