Kansas University basketball signee Tyrel Reed has been selected to play in the Kentucky Derby Festival All-Star Classic, set for 7 p.m. April 14 in Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Reed, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Burlington High, averaged 26.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game this past season for the third-place team in Kansas Class 3A.
The two-time all-state selection finished his career as Burlington's all-time leader in points (1,710), assists (365) and steals (323), while hitting 58 percent of his career attempts.
His teams compiled a 95-4 record in four years.
Reed will be joined at the Derby Festival by No. 1 ranked prep Michael Beasley, a 6-9, 235-pounder from Washington, D.C., who has signed with Kansas State. Beasley played this past season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.
Some of the others competing at the Derby Festival: DeAndre Jordan, a 7-footer headed to Texas A&M; Anthony Randolph, 6-10, LSU; Jamelle Horne, 6-7, Arizona; Herb Pope, 6-8, New Mexico State; Austin Daye, 6-9, Gonzaga; Chris Allen, 6-3, Michigan State; Lacedarius Dunn, 6-4, Baylor; Jeff Robinson, 6-5, Memphis; Julian Vaughn, 6-9, Florida State; Nolan Smith, 6-3, Duke; Ty Proffitt, 6-3, Notre Dame; Antonio Jardine, 6-1, Syracuse; Chace Stanback, 6-7, UCLA; and George Goode, 6-8, Louisville. Goode hails from Raytown, Mo.
Reed's Burlington High team won state his freshman year, lost at sub-state his soph season and lost in the first round his junior year.
"I'd say my game is based around being a point guard," Reed said recently. "I'm tall enough to be a 2-guard. I'm most comfortable with the ball in my hands. I like to distribute, shoot, pass. I feel I'm a team player and will do what it takes to win.
"I'm looking forward to playing at KU. Being such a great school with so much tradition ... running out of the tunnel will be a great experience, and I'm looking forward to it."
¢ Pope shot: New Mexico State's Herb Pope, who hails from Aliquippa, Pa., was shot four times early Saturday morning. He was wounded twice in the abdomen, once in the lower left arm and once in the thigh. He is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital.
Pope, a three-time first-team all-state selection, picked the Aggies over Texas, Oklahoma and Maryland, among others. His injuries were deemed non life threatening, but "serious" by police.
¢ Aldrich honored: Future KU center Cole Aldrich, 6-11, 250 pounds from Jefferson High in Bloomington, Minn., was named a second-team Parade All-American on Sunday.
The first team consisted of: Kevin Love, 6-10, UCLA; O.J. Mayo, 6-5, Southern Cal; Kyle Singler, 6-9, Duke; Eric Gordon, 6-4, Indiana; Derrick Rose, 6-3, Memphis; Austin Freeman, 6-5, Georgetown; Donte Green, 6-10, Syracuse; Nolan Smith, 6-3, Duke; Nick Calathes, 6-5, Florida; Jerryd Bayless, 6-4, Arizona.
Second team: Aldrich; Patrick Patterson, 6-8, undecided; Corey Stokes, 6-6, Villanova; Gani Lawal, 6-9, Georgia Tech; Jonny Flynn, 6-0, Syracuse; J.J. Hickson, 6-9, N.C. State; Jai Lucas, 5-10, undecided; Chris Wright, 6-1, Georgetown; Taylor King, 6-8, Duke; James Harden, 6-5, Arizona State.