Blue Ribbon Yearbook picks A-State third; Reed earns Sun Belt plaudits

From Arkansas State University

The 2013-14 edition of the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook has picked the Arkansas State University men's basketball team to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) and named senior guard Brandon Reed to its preseason all-conference squad.

Arkansas State was tabbed third in the publication's preseason forecast behind Georgia State and Western Kentucky while Reed was one of five individuals to garnerpreseason All-SBC Team recognition.

Reed, a 2013-14 preseason all-league second-team selection and a transfer from Georgia Tech, was the Sun Belt Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2009-10 in his only season at A-State.  He averaged a team-leading 15.1 points per contest and scored an A-State freshman record 469 points in 31 games en route to receiving second-team all-conference laurels.  Reed would also earn National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 24 Second-Team honors and United States Basketball Writers of America All-District accolades.  The 6-4, 182-pound backcourt player transferred to Georgia Tech where he registered two-year (2011-12 and 2012-13) career averages of 6.4 points (391 pts.), 2.9 rebounds (177 rebs.), and 1.2assists (75 assts.) in 61 outings for the Yellowjackets.

The publication also evaluated each NCAA Division I men's college basketball team and assigned grades to four key areas. The Red Wolves, under sixth-year head coach John Brady, earned an A grade for their backcourt and bench/depth while a grade of A- was assigned for A-State's frontcourt and intangibles.

The 33rd edition of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, which is currently available online at [, is regarded by basketball analysts throughout the country as one of the most comprehensive collegiate basketball publications on the market.

The in-depth 2013-14 Arkansas State preview by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook is featured on pages 373-374 of the 400-page publication.

Arkansas State, which will host Arkansas-Monticello this Tuesday (Nov. 5) in its final exhibition, starts its 2013-14 season Monday, Nov. 11, against the Jackson State Tigers in Jackson, Miss.  Opening tipoff for the non-conference contest is 7:30 p.m. (CT) at JSU's Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.  The Red Wolves' regular-season home opener is Wednesday, Nov. 13, versus non-league foe Tennessee-Martin at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.  A 7:05 p.m. (CT) start time is scheduled.