Aug. 25, 2011
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By Doug Richards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF men's basketball head coach Donnie Jones announced Thursday that talented guard C.J. Reed (Daytona Beach, Fla.) has joined the Knights after spending three campaigns at Bethune-Cookman. Reed will miss the upcoming year due to NCAA transfer rules, and will play for the Knights as a senior in 2012-13.
Reed, who can play both point and shooting guard, was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2010-11 when he averaged 18.8 points per game, good for first in the league. He scored 20 or more points on 16 occasions. Reed also led the MEAC in free-throw attempts (219), free-throws made (179), minutes per contest (38.7) and was fourth in both assists (4.8) and steals (1.6) an outing. The 6-foot-3 Reed was recognized as the national Historically Black Colleges and Universities Player of the Year by several media outlets.
This past year, he helped guide Bethune-Cookman to its best season as a Division I program as the Wildcats went 21-13 overall, won its first MEAC regular-season title and earned a berth in the postseason National Invitation Tournament.
"C.J. is very versatile. He is a combo guard and we will need some depth at the point guard spot (in 2012-13)," Jones said. "He has a lot of talent. He can score and he can run a team. He fits in very well with our up-tempo style of play. I have known C.J. for many years. He has always had great knowledge of the game and is a great addition to our program."
Although he spent just three seasons at Bethune-Cookman, Reed finished his time in Daytona Beach as the school's all-time leader in assists with 429. He also scored 1,654 points as a Wildcat, good for sixth all-time.
Reed will be eligible to practice with the Knights this upcoming season.
"C.J. is so experienced, coming in as a senior. Being able to practice this year will really help our team from a competition standpoint," Jones said.
Reed will join a UCF program that achieved great success in 2010-11 during Jones' first season in Orlando. The Knights won 21 contests, recorded impressive non-league wins over No. 16 Florida, Miami, USF and Princeton, entered the national rankings for the first time and appeared in the postseason College Basketball Invitational.