Justin Reed Signs National Letter of Intent With Ole Miss Basketball

Nov. 10, 1999

OXFORD, Miss. - Justin Reed, a 6-foot-8, 218-pound forward from Jackson, Miss., has signed a national letter of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2000-01 academic year, announced Rebel head coach Rod Barnes on Wednesday. Reed is the Rebels' first signee of the early signing period which began on Wednesday.

"We are extremely excited that Justin decided to stay home and play in the state of Mississippi," said Barnes, who is in his second season at Ole Miss. "I also want to thank his mother, Dianne for giving me and this staff the opportunity to guide Justin's future for the next four years. Justin is one of the top players in the state of Mississippi and the country. He is also one of the top candidates for player of the year honors in the state.

"Justin can play several different positions, and he fits in with what we are trying to do with this program. He is a player who can play both inside and outside. Signing a player of Justin's caliber shows how far our program has come, and the progress we have made on signing players from the state of Mississippi. This is just another step on taking this program to another level."

Reed, a senior at Provine High School in Jackson, tipped off his final year of prep competition last week, and averaged 27.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 blocks in the Rams' first two games (2-0 record) in the 1999-2000 season. Reed was a Clarion Ledger preseason "Dandy Dozen" pick in October. He has also been rated among the top 30 players in the nation by Hoop Scoop, The Recruiting Beat and Future Stars Magazine.

Last season, Reed averaged 16.4 points, 12.6 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 steals in leading the Rams to a runner-up finish in the Mississippi Class 5A state tournament. Following the 1998-99 season, Reed was a Clarion Ledger "Dandy Dozen" selection.

As a sophomore in 1997-98, Reed was a member of the Provine team that posted a 37-1 record and won the Mississippi Class 5A state championship. Provine finished the 1997-98 year ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 25 in the final USA Today Boys' High School Top 25 Poll. Reed was also a member of the Provine varsity team as a freshman in 1996-97, and Rams advanced to the Mississippi Class 5A state title game that season.

The Ole Miss Rebel squad will host its second exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 13 against the Ukraine Select Team. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss opens regular-season play with a home contest on Friday, Nov. 19 versus Jacksonville State at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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