Tyrel Reed's dream of playing big time college basketball for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks has become a reality. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard signed a Letter-of-Intent with the Hawks during a 3:00 press conference inside the Burlington High School gymnasium. Rivals.com was on hand and has a complete update from today's press conference.
"It's been really cool being recruited by all of these great colleges," said Reed. "It's been a lot of fun and I've been around a lot of great coaches and good programs. In the end, I just felt that KU was my best fit. I am going to attend the University of Kansas. Me and Coach Bill Self have been talking quite a bit.
"Coach Self told me that he was going to look for a wing," he added. "He said he didn't find the wing, so it was now my opportunity to sign. I didn't have to wait until the spring. I want thank God for blessing me. I would like to thank my family for listening to all of the phone calls. Lacey (sister) is already at KU, so it will be nice being close to her."
Its no secret that Reed, the No. 99 ranked player in the class has always been a big KU fan. He is also a big fan of former Jayhawk great, Kirk Hinrich. When the offer finally came through from the coaching staff, the four-star prospect was ready to put an end to his recruitment.
According to Reed, he was eventually going to sign with Kansas, but it was only a matter of time.
"I've always grown up watching KU," said Reed. "Kirk Hinrich was a really good player and I guess I get a lot of comparisons. I guess I am my own player, but he is a good person to mold myself around.
"It's a dream come true, really," he added. "Its awesome. Words cant really describe it. Its been a dream of my since I was a little kid. I started going to KU camp when I was about six years old, so its been a long process."
Before making a final decision about his future, schools such as Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, Missouri-State and others had expressed a high-amount of interest in the No. 14 ranked point guard in the class.
However, when it came time to decide, Reed knew that Kansas was the best fit. It was too big of a deal to turn down the dream of a lifetime.
"There were a lot of good colleges recruiting me," he added. "In the end, I just felt that KU was the place I wanted to be. Growing up being a KU fan, the fans are great and I have always dreamt about running out of the tunnel."
Tyrel Reed Scouting Report: "A heady point guard with size, Reed has average foot speed and quickness for the position. However, he passes the ball well up the court and uses deception with the dribble. He does put pressure on the defense with his reliable jumper." - Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com