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April 23, 2014
Christchurch's Reed Commits
Every now and then, programs at the Division II and Division III level swoop in to nab a prospect that is drawing Division I attention at some point or another. That happened with Christchurch Class of 2014 guard Julian Reed, an integral performer for a Seahorses team that won a VISAA State Championship in 2013 and got back to the title game knocking off top-seeded Virginia Episcopal.
The 6-foot-1 Reed has committed to play his College Basketball for Coach Joey Higginbotham and the University of Mount Olive, a perennial Division II contender from North Carolina.
Reed scored over 1000 points at Christchurch. This past season, he averaged 13.5 points and a team-high 2.1 steals per game while shooting 50% from the field, 37% behind the arc and 76% at the foul line. In each of his three years with the Seahorses, he was chosen First Team All-State VISAA Division II, and was a three-time All-Virginia Prep League selection as well.
"The one word that describes Julian is efficient, on both ends of the court," states Christchurch Head Basketball Coach Ben Thompson. "His ability to knock down shots from three-point territory and mid-range without being a high volume shooter makes him extremely valuable. He is underrated defensively, but has quick feet and a motor go along with excellent athleticism. He is also very good at getting into the lane, finishing through contact."
Reed led Christchurch in steals all three of his seasons with the Seahorses. To go with his impact defensively, he made a number of big shots and plays in spotlight settings.
In addition to being second on the team in dunks behind Florida signee and five-star Devin Robinson, Reed shined with his outside shooting in a victory over Nansemond River at the Sixth Annual VirginiaPreps.com Classic Presented by Cox Sports, finishing with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting after scoring 16 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting in the first half. He played at a high level in a win over John Marshall, the eventual Group 3A State Champion, too.
"Julian has showed up in big games throughout his Christchurch career," noted Thompson. "Despite his stature, he is a tough matchup, and because of his athleticism, he is also a high riser. He can confidently score at all levels, which will serve him well in the college ranks."
In six years under Higginbotham as Head Coach, the Trojans have gone 111-59 (.653). This past season, Mount Olive finished 19-9 overall and 12-4 in conference play, finishing atop the standings. Higginbotham is a Chesapeake, Virginia native that graduated from Atlantic Shores.
"Coach Higginbotham is well-respected with Virginia High School coaches. They are a growing school, as evidenced by their recent elevation from college to university status," Thompson added. "Julian enjoyed his visit to the campus, developed a rapport with Coach Higginbotham, and is confident that he can help the program."
Currently on Mount Olive's roster are three players from Virginia in former Potomac standout Jordan McCain, ex-C.D. Hylton guard Kendall Hargrove and Nansemond River grad Dontrell Brite.
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