Justin Reed Named SEC Player of the Week, Good Works Team Player of the Week

Jan. 26, 2004

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss' Justin Reed was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week Monday, as announced by the league office. Reed has also been selected as the SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week.

A senior forward from Jackson, Miss., Reed tied his career high with 28 points to lead Ole Miss past Alabama, 71-60, on Saturday. The 28 points was his highest total in an SEC game and moved him into seventh on the Rebel career scoring list. He also grabbed 11 rebounds in earning his third double-double of the season.

Reed posted 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the Rebels' first SEC victory of the season against LSU, 53-49, last Wednesday. He has topped the team in boards in 12 of the team's 16 games.

A three-time All-SEC selection and two-time Wooden Award candidate, Reed is tied for the SEC lead in scoring (18.6) and is one of only two players to rank top five in the conference in both scoring and rebounding (8.5).

"Justin is really starting to play well," said Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes. "To me, this is more of a team award. This is great for Justin and great for our team. More importantly, we earned two wins last week."

This marks the second SEC Player of the Week honor for Reed, who also took home the award as a sophomore on December 10, 2001. He is the first Rebel to win SEC Player of the Week since teammate Aaron Harper earned the accolade last season on January 27, 2003. This also marks the ninth time an Ole Miss player has received this honor since the 1994-95 season.

The SEC also singled out Reed this week on the Good Works Team. Reed assists young children at schools with the "Reading with the Rebels" program. He visits and plays games with senior citizens at local retirement centers, works with children at the Boys Club and a local alternative school. He has also spent time speaking to church youth groups and local schools about faith and life influences.

The SEC sponsors Good Works Teams for football, men's and women's basketball, men's sports at-large, and women's sports at-large. Jefferson-Pilot highlights one member of the SEC Good Works Team for men's basketball during each week of its men's basketball telecasts.

The Rebels (10-6, 2-3 SEC) return to action Wednesday as they travel to Lexington to take on fifth-ranked Kentucky (13-2, 3-1 SEC). The game is set for 8 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena and will be televised by JP Sports.

Reed will be featured as the SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week on JP's telecasts of the Ole Miss at Kentucky, South Carolina at Ole Miss and Florida at Tennessee games.

 

 

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