Christchurchs Reed Commits

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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
style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>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

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Reed scored over 1000 points at Christchurch.
style=> 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.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"The one word that describes Julian is efficient, on
both ends of the court," states Christchurch Head Basketball Coach
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>Ben Thompson.
style=> "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."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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 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.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"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."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>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.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"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."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Currently on Mount Olive's roster are three players
from Virginia in former Potomac standout Jordan
McCain, ex-C.D. Hylton guard
normal'>Kendall Hargrove and Nansemond River grad
normal'> Brite.


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