Jonesboro (ASU) - Arkansas State head men's basketball coach John Brady has issued the following statement regarding Red Wolves' guard Brandon Reed and his future with the basketball program.
"Brandon Reed, through his father, has asked for permission to pursue other opportunities as it relates to his basketball future. We have not as an institution given him a release at this time. I have talked with Brandon and his parents at length over the last week. Arkansas State gave him an opportunity to play at a high level and put him in a system that allowed him to showcase his talent and prove himself as a player in his first year of Division I basketball. We gave him a scholarship when other schools that saw him did not. It is a situation that really disappoints me, upsets me, is not right and does not sit well with me. But let me be clear, I have and always will want players at Arkansas State that want to be here, want to wear the scarlet and black and be totally committed without reservation to win the Sun Belt Conference and go to the NCAA Tournament. We have a wonderful school, great fans and have created an opportunity for us to accomplish our goals. This situation does not detour, nor does it stop, the desire or enthusiasm I have for this program and this community. We will continue to recruit good players that appreciate and are committed to this university."
Reed averaged 15.1 points per game last season, earning second team All-Sun Belt Conference recognition and the league's Freshman of the Year award.
Coach Brady will have no further comment on this situation until it is brought to closure.