The Sideline Report with Tyrel Reed


Jesse Newell: Do you still talk to Cole?

Tyrel Reed: I talk to Cole pretty much every day, or every other day at least. I’ve got a MacBook, and we’ve both got Skype now, so we kind of video chat. He shows me his house, and we kind of hang out that way. JN: What’s the funniest thing he’s said to you since he’s been gone?

TR: I don’t know if it’s funny, but he just loves that I had to do Boot Camp and he didn’t, because he knows how bad it is.

JN: What was he saying to you during that week?

TR: He’d text me late the night before and say, ‘Have fun at 5:30 tomorrow morning while I’m still in bed.’

JN: How late did he text you? Did it wake you up?

TR: No, I’m kind of a night owl, so it was probably like 12:30 or 1.

JN: What is the biggest difference between living with Cole and living without Cole? When do you notice he’s not there?

TR: Probably at night time when I’m going to bed, because I felt like over the years when we were roommates, right before we’d go to bed, we’d always walk into each other’s room and talk, say, ‘What’s up?’ or say whatever, and we’d end up talking for 30 minutes or an hour just making jokes and having fun.

JN: So it’s not the same without him there?

TR: It’s definitely not the same. I do like where I’m at now and I love my roommates now, but Cole was just a different being.

JN: Has he shown you any bling that he’s bought?

TR: I think he got a car from a dealership, and then he bought a Denali that looks really nice. Definitely there’s some perks to being in the NBA.

JN: I’m going to read this to you. I took this from a story from four years ago: ‘Tyrel Reed isn’t a guy that’s going to blow your socks off with blazing speed or jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism.’ What do you think about that?

TR: I hope that that’s inaccurate. I hope that definitely I’ve gotten a lot faster, and I feel like I can jump with about anyone. I just need to showcase that and show people that I can.

JN: You have the highest vertical on the team now, and from Boot Camp, you’re the fastest on the team now. And that’s a pretty good team that you’re the highest jumper and the fastest on, right?

TR: Yeah, I think we’ve really got some athletic guys. And I think definitely also athleticism is different when you’re out there playing as opposed to just running and jumping and trying to touch as high as you can. But I think that I can transfer that over and hopefully show some people.

JN: Do you think you’re more of a self-made basketball player than a lot of other guys?

TR: I think some people could say that. I don’t have the best body, I’m not as gifted athletically or maybe as talented, but I just try to strive to work harder than the next.

JN: Last time you got nervous before a basketball game?

TR: I’m always a little nervous before every game, a little anxious, have those butterflies. But I can’t remember a particular game where I was more nervous than the next.

JN: Best thing about Burlington, Kansas?

Tyrel Reed, a 6-foot-3 guard from Burlington High, signs his national letter of intent with Kansas University. Reed officially joined the Jayhawks at a signing ceremony on Nov. 15, 2006, at his high school.

Tyrel Reed, a 6-foot-3 guard from Burlington High, signs his national letter of intent with Kansas University. Reed officially joined the Jayhawks at a signing ceremony on Nov. 15, 2006, at his high school.

TR: Best thing about Burlington, Kansas (laughs). Everybody waves at you. I’ve noticed here in Lawrence ... I still am from a small town, so I’ll wave at everyone when they drive by. I hardly ever get a wave, but anytime I drive in Burlington, everyone waves. I like that.

JN: Those people think you’re crazy here, right?

TR: They do. They turn around like, ‘Who was that?’ or ‘Why did he wave?’ I think they take it like I’m being mean or something. I don’t know.

JN: What’s the first memory you have of KU?

TR: I remember coming here when I was in — I can’t remember what grade I was — but I watched Paul Pierce play. I sat way up in section 22 and just loved it. From then on, I loved KU. I loved the atmosphere here and always wanted to be a part of it.

JN: Last time coach Self made you laugh?

TR: Probably while we were taking a picture (at media days). Coach Self always has some jokes. He knows how to be serious, but he can also make things fun. I think that’s what makes him attractive to people.

JN: What did he say to you there?

TR: What were we talking about? Oh, he was talking about Coach T (Townsend) looking like a mafia member with his garb that he was wearing, with his suit.

Director of basketball operations, Betty White, played by Barry Hinson, and assistant coach Lil Jon, Kurtis Townsend introduce the skits during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.

Director of basketball operations, Betty White, played by Barry Hinson, and assistant coach Lil Jon, Kurtis Townsend introduce the skits during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. by Nick Krug

JN: Ever prank-called a teammate?

TR: Can’t say that I’ve prank-called anyone. It’d be tough to because everybody has caller ID now.

JN: If the only Presidential candidates were Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor, who gets your vote?

TR: I’m going with Markieff, just because I like the silent leadership that he has. He’s really quiet, and I think that can be a good trait.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris.

Kansas forward Markieff Morris. by Nick Krug

JN: Favorite fight song on an opposing team?

TR: Favorite fight song? Probably Boomer Sooner, I guess. I don’t know. That’s the only one that sticks out in my mind.

JN: Do you sing during the National Anthem?

TR: In my head. During the National Anthem, I always kind of say a prayer to myself as well. As soon as I say my prayer, looking up at the flag and seeing all these people, it just makes me realize how lucky I really am.


Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 7 months ago

Good interview Jesse.

You really dug deep for the "..who would you vote for if they were Presidential candidates?" question. Did you find one of your old journalism textbooks in a box while looking for something else?

Seriously, I thought this was a nice read! Good tribute with the photos, as well.

khummel60 7 years, 7 months ago

Forgot to ask him what kind of tree he would be, ala Baba Wawa.

Seriously, this was a very enjoyable read.

hawk316 7 years, 7 months ago

It was a nice read about a really nice kid. I met Tyrel briefly a few weeks ago and was impressed with him. What a great representative of the University. I hope he has a dynamite senior year.

Jesse, thanks for these personal articles. They are very enjoyable.

REHawk 7 years, 7 months ago

That last photo shows Tyrel's quick vertical, esp. over the guy whom conference coaches selected preseason #1 Big 12 returning player. Tyrel, Jayhawk fans await the moment of your slam dunk this season!

4jhawks4ku 7 years, 7 months ago

Enjoyable reading. Great article. Like to see these on the newcomers, too.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 7 months ago

Always liked a smart, hard-working basketball player, which Reed is. And a coach's son, too!

Sf Boggsz 7 years, 7 months ago

Now this is a great interactive internet article. Great use of the links/pictures. Also, 4jhawks suggesstion regarding similar articles for the new guys is spot on. Nice work Jesse!

DallasHawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Can't wait for your Senior Season Tyrel. Really love this Senior class. Represents what's great about the University and the State. Rock Chalk

ParisHawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Is it just me, or does Tyrel have a really quick release on his 3? He seems to catch and shoot in one motion. If he's getting that much elevation with a quick release, and if he's only taking open shots, no wonder they can't bother his shot.

hailtoku 7 years, 7 months ago

Does it matter? This, as it was in 2008, is a year where I don't really care who starts because 5 minutes into the game it's going to be a totally different lineup.

We're going to have 10 guys getting serious playing time whether they're on the court during the tip-off or not.

lee3022 7 years, 6 months ago

You are correct. Starter or reserve the contributions are equally important. The most important minutes are the last 5 not the first 5 minutes. That said, the starters develop a chemistry together that often represents the only constant throughout the season. They are selected for complementing each other and for difficulty of opponents to match-up. It is important to the players to start and a top recruit will look at the practice of a coach before committing to a program which can provide them the framework to showcase their talents for the next level. That "reputation" with the media and fans can influence their draft position and millions of dollars in their first contract.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 7 months ago

i know this isnt the topic of this article, but its the most recent hoops article.... any status on Josh Selby? Is the NCAA seriously waiting until less than a week before the season starts to clear him?

mikehawk 7 years, 7 months ago

Very interesting. Lets us see the human, real person side of the player and their personalities. Hopefully more like this in the future.

KUFan90 7 years, 7 months ago

Now go interview Tyrell's sister...with pictures please! : )

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