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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tyrel Reed joining Lawrence practice

Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed works with Jenna Brantley, a Baker University senior guard who tore her ACL, 
in this file photo from 2010. Reed, who at the time was an intern at OrthoKansas, joined the Lawrence practice as a physical therapist on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed works with Jenna Brantley, a Baker University senior guard who tore her ACL, in this file photo from 2010. Reed, who at the time was an intern at OrthoKansas, joined the Lawrence practice as a physical therapist on Monday, May 18, 2015.

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Former Kansas University basketball guard Tyrel Reed, who was awarded a doctorate in physical therapy during KU Med School graduation ceremonies on Sunday at Memorial Stadium, is joining Lawrence’s OrthoKansas, LLC as a physical therapist, the company announced Monday on Facebook.

Reed, 26, who played for KU’s 2008 NCAA title team, “has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has a special interest in sports performance and injury prevention in young athletes,” OrthoKansas wrote in a release.

Reed, who interned for OrthoKansas his senior year at KU, joins a staff of 21 providers, which includes board-certified Orthopaedic Physicians and Surgeons, PA-Cs and Physical and Occupational Therapists.

“Real happy to be back in Lawrence,” Reed said Monday night in a text message to the Journal-World.

KU senior guard Christian Garrett graduated Sunday with a degree in sport management. The 6-foot-4 Los Angeles native told the Journal-World last week he is exploring options of playing pro ball overseas next season.

Vick skipped UK visit: LaGerald Vick, a 6-5 senior combo guard from Memphis’ Douglass High, enjoyed last week’s KU visit so much, he committed to KU on Sunday without visiting Kentucky.

He’d actually scheduled a visit to Lexington, Kentucky, for Sunday until Tuesday.

“You know, it’s really not a huge surprise. I think Kansas maybe had a little bit more of a need for a wing, than Kentucky, right now,” said Eric Bossi of Rivals.com. “Kentucky is also chasing after (No. 19-ranked) Caleb Swanigan, too. So, they could have shifted their attention a little bit late in the process.”

About comparisons between the No. 137-rated Vick (in Class of 2016) and former KU guard Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings, Bossi said: “I haven’t personally seen him, recently enough, to make that comparison. I think the comparison is more in terms of how they (KU coaches) see his career arc. Ben, who didn’t play his first year, really exploded in that second year. Now, that doesn’t mean the (KU) staff is telling Hurd (Norton, AAU coach of Vick) they think Vick is going to be a lottery pick after two years of college. They just think he has a chance to be really good his second year.”

Barring some unforeseen circumstance, Vick will be a member of KU’s incoming recruiting class, not the Class of 2016. He should be eligible to play immediately, including a spot on KU’s World University Games team.

Vick, who averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds last season, was one of five finalists for the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Pepsi Best of the Preps (Memphis) Player of the Year Award.

Rivals.com’s Dan McDonald had this to say about Vick’s play for Team Thad at a recent Under Armour event in New Orleans:

“Vick had a terrific morning, going for 20 points and six rebounds. The lanky 6-foot-5 off guard oozes athleticism and got his points off a combination of three-pointers and dunks. The biggest improvement in his game over the past calendar year is his comfort level putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim. He’s going to be a good one and is due to see his ranking rise if his play continues at a high level.”

Many players available: KU, which has one scholarship remaining to award in recruiting, is in the market for a big man, coach Bill Self told the Journal-World Sunday. He did not name names in accordance with NCAA rules.

Thon Maker, a 7-foot senior from Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario, continues to list KU, Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona State, but there’s been little buzz about him actually ending up in Lawrence. Maker’s mentor, Ed Smith, told Zagsblog on Monday his pupil is currently thinking about “finishing high school first and then U.S. college (rather than playing in Europe prior to entering 2016 NBA Draft).”

Maker is ranked No. 9 by Rivals.com. He may enroll at a college in December and play just one semester of college ball.

No. 61-ranked Tevin Mack, a 6-6 senior forward from Dreher High in Columbia, South Carolina, who prior to Vick’s announcement had KU on his list of schools, this afternoon will choose either Texas, Georgia or Clemson. Texas is believed the leader.

No. 67-ranked Ke-Vaughn Allen, a 6-3 senior combo guard from North Little Rock (Arkansas) High, told

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman he will remain committed to Florida in the wake of Billy Donovan’s decision to leave the Gators for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Another big man became available Monday when, according to CBSsports.com, Providence freshman Paschal Chukwu had decided to transfer. The 7-foot-2, 225-pounder from Nigeria, averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 boards last year. He was ranked No. 61 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com. He played high school ball at Fairfield College Prep School in Connecticut. He moved to the U.S. three years ago.

Also on the market is Greek 7-foot center Georgios Papagiannis, who played for a pro team in Greece this past season but was not paid, thus is still an amateur. Kentucky is believed the leader if he decides to play one season in the U.S. before entering the draft.

Comments

Steve Williams 3 years, 8 months ago

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Jesse Johnson 3 years, 8 months ago

Hmm, this article makes it sound like Georgios Papagiannis wants to play just one year in college. If that's the case then he is probably not a good fit for KU. I think the best use for our remaining schollie is on a big who is going to stay and develop for the future.

A transfer could fit that bill like the proven Missouri forward. That 7'2" player from Providence is definitely an interesting prospect. He would have a year to develop in practice against Ellis, Diallo and Bragg then three years of remaining eligibility afterwards, but I am still unsure of what he is capable of.

Either way it will be interesting to see how Self will use his remaining scholarship.

Joe Ross 3 years, 8 months ago

RE: Hmm, this article makes it sound like Georgios Papagiannis wants to play just one year in college. If that's the case then he is probably not a good fit for KU. I think the best use for our remaining schollie is on a big who is going to stay and develop for the future.

You've captured the essence of the reality for Kansas here perfectly. We would do ourselves a disservice by recruiting a big man who is not committed to being a multiyear player. You have to know where your roster is, and at the end of the upcoming season many of our bigs will be exiting en masse. We need a big that 1. has great potential (a la Thomas Robinson, Darnell Jackson) and 2. is content to learn in the system without suffering the itch to make the jump to the next level. He would return for '16-'17 to anchor the post with Bragg and Lucas.

Jesse Johnson 3 years, 8 months ago

Ha. The regular group of commentators must not have realized that this was the daily KU notebook article. Yeah we definitely don't have room for another OAD big for this season. The only logical use of our remaining scholarship is for a project player (or even a practice squad player).

Brian Wilson 3 years, 8 months ago

We really need a new developing "Big" freshman. A RS transfering senior would just be along for the ride. A transferring Freshman has to sit a year and would end up graduating with next year's recruits and is why I would happily laugh while landing MU's departing Williams I also just don't think its a good fit. Furthermore, finding a good experienced Sophomore or Junior transfer will be difficult.
Putting OADs Thon and Georgios aside, there are a bunch of 3-4 star centers and power forwards still available. My favorites are
4 star 6'9" PF Noah Dickerson
3-4 star 6'9" phenom PF Andre Adams,- a beast on defense
3 star 7'0" C Jimbo Lull But RCJHKU, In HCBS I trust.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

The Missouri kid was a sophomore last year and will be the final piece of the puzzle. He supposedly wanted to come to KU out of HS, but was never offered because KU landed Embiid that year. He's still very much interested in KU and Self talked to him pretty soon after Missouri lifted their restrictions on transfers going to the Big 12. He doesn't have an visit set up with KU yet, but that'll happen soon and a commitment to KU should follow pretty soon after that.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 8 months ago

Doesn't anyone have anything to say about Tyrel returning to KU? He could be the next Hudy if the rumors of Andrea moving up to the pros in the next couple of years have any substance.

Welcome back, Mr. Reed. I'll bet your still in better shape than half the squad right now. :)

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