Ike center eager to showcase skills on state, college level
The honors just keep coming for Jaeda Reed.
The Eisenhower star was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association (OCA) All-State first team on April 12, adding yet another accomplishment to the senior's already illustrious resume. It was the most recent of a slew of honors for Reed, who had already secured spots on other similar rosters.
Reed was also named to the OGBCA All-State first team, the Faith 7 team, The Oklahoman Class 5A All-State team, The Oklahoman 'Super 5' third team and the Tulsa World All-State honorable mention list.
Although Reed averaged 16.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks her senior season, even she was surprised by all the recognition she has received this season.
"People will retweet it or share it, and I'll be like, 'Am I really in this?'" Reed said. "Then I look, and I'm like, 'Oh, I am.'"
Of course, Reed didn't just luck her way onto these rosters.
Under the watchful eye of Ike girls basketball coach Daniel Wall, Reed has experience steady growth in her skills over the past four years. Her points and rebounds per game jumped significantly from her junior year when she averaged 12.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
She has improved much more than only stats, though.
Reed has also noticed changes in areas that aren't included on the box score, which she said has helped her utilize more of her 6-foot-2 frame.
"I feel as if I've come out of this comfort zone and have become less of a clumsy Jaeda by developing more skill in my footwork, balance wise," Reed said. "It helped not just my stats, but also my game, such as my stamina getting up and down the court and contributing to the team."
Those enhancements garnered her the attention of Texas State University, a Division I program. The Bobcats were so interested in Reed's abilities, they wasted little time producing her a scholarship offer.
Reed accepted the offer and is set to begin playing in San Marcos, Texas, later this year.
Wall said the agreement came nearly a quick as the offer.
"She did have some (Division II and NAIA) offers on the table, but it was too late," Wall said. "Texas State got on her, they wanted her, and once they found out she was available, it was, 'Bam, let's sign her."
Prior experience with the program played a major role in Reed's decision process.
She participated in a basketball camp at the university last summer, and the more time Reed spent with the coaches and the players, the more she realized she had discovered her home for the next few years.
Reed said she thought feeling at home nearly seven hours away from immediate family and her two Shih tzu dogs, Smokey and Smoke, would be a daunting task, but Texas State gave her the comfort she sought, earning her trust in the process.