Reed joins Ti­tan na­tion

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

The Al­bany Tech Lady Ti­tans just picked up a new player, for­mer New­ton High School Lady Rams for­ward De­an­dra Reed.

Reed signed her let­ter of in­tent and will play for the Lady Ti­tans af­ter re­ceiv­ing a full schol­ar­ship. Reed was sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends at her sign­ing as they came out to New­ton to show their sup­port.

“I’m very proud of my daugh­ter,” David Wil­liams Sr., Reed’s fa­ther, said. “I told her just al­ways keep God first in her life and just what­ever God put forth for her to do, that’s for her to do,” Wil­liams said.

Reed was also mulling an of­fer over from Tuskegee Univer­sity, but chose to start her col­le­giate ca­reer at Al­bany Tech.

“I just wanted to start off some­where small and just get big­ger. I gotta start some­where so I [chose] to start small and then I’m go­ing to go big­ger,” Reed said.

Reed added that al­though she’s start­ing out small, she wants to play at Al­bany Tech and see if she can get to a big­ger school. She laugh­ingly said she wants to go far away from Ge­or­gia. Reed scored high enough on the ACTs that she could opt to leave Al­bany Tech af­ter one year.

Reed av­er­aged around nine points per game last sea­son at the three and four spots, but jacked that up to 15 ppg in the fi­nal six games of the re­gion play­offs. She buried six three-pointers in the re­gion cham­pi­onship dur­ing the third quar­ter to keep the game out of reach.

“They told me that I’d ei­ther be play­ing a three or four, but mostly a four,” Reed said on where the Lady Ti­tans plan to use her.

Ac­cord­ing to Lady Rams’ head coach Tif­fani John­son, Reed has grown tremen­dously over her time at New­ton.

“As a fresh­man I think she prob­a­bly quit five times just be­cause of the run­ning and ev­ery­thing, just not be­ing ac­cus­tomed to the work, but I com­mended her. She got the ded­i­ca­tion award this year just for stick­ing with it,” Tif­fani John­son, Lady Rams head coach, said. “[She be­came] a big vo­cal leader. She was al- ways talk­ing on the floor, the one who got ev­ery­body to­gether, told them what they needed to do on and off the court. She stepped up and was a big leader for us this year.”

“Ver­sa­til­ity is go­ing to be her big­gest as­set,” John­son said. “She can be a big guard or a small ver­sa­tile post. As ev­ery­body should know, she can shoot from out­side. What people may not know is, she has great foot­work around the bas­ket as a post player. Her vo­cal­ness on the floor is a ma­jor as­set to any team.”

Sha­keem Hol­loway /The Cov­ing­ton News

De­an­dra Reed (mid­dle front row) signs let­ter of in­tent to play for Al­bany Tech sur­rounded by her coaches, friends and fam­ily.

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