Justin Reed Misses Cut At U.S. Pan American Team Trials

June 2, 2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Justin Reed, a senior on the Ole Miss men's basketball squad, missed the cut for the Pan American Games Team during the squad's trials this past weekend, the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee announced Monday.

The Pan Am Team was trimmed to 17 players that will now go on to the squad's training camp July 15-29. Following the camp, 12 players will be chosen to represent the United States at the Pan American Games, to be held Aug. 1-17 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Reed was one of nine players from the SEC to be invited to the trials, but Kentucky's Chuck Hayes and Gerald Fitch were the only two league players to advance to the U.S. Pan Am Team training camp in July.

"To participate in the trials was another tremendous opportunity for Justin," said Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes. "Justin played well at the trials, but when you have several outstanding players competing for just a few spots on the team, some tough, difficult cuts have to be made. I know Justin will use this experience to help prepare himself for the upcoming season."

This was the second time in Reed's collegiate career that he had the opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA squad that will participate in international play. In the summer of 2001, Reed played on the U.S. squad that played in the World University Games in Beijing, China. That U.S. team won the bronze at the Games (7-1 record), falling to China in the semifinals before defeating Germany in the bronze-medal contest. Reed averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 boards in his eight appearances.

A 2002 and 2003 Wooden Award candidate, Reed led the Rebels in scoring (15.4 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and blocked shots (27) this past season. The 6-foot-8 forward, who was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference third team in March, also shot 48.8 percent from the field and 73 percent from the charity stripe. He finished the season ranked among the SEC leaders in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Earlier this year, Reed was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District VI second team. He was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and was one of three players in the league to earn both All-SEC accolades and honor roll distinction.

 

 

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