Idaho State a good fit for Reed
KHS grad a 3-year starter for Bengals
TEMPE - Kingman High alumna Lindsey Reed finally got her chance to play on the court of Wells Fargo Arena Sunday afternoon, although she did so as a visiting player.
Reed, a 2010 graduate, had hoped to play for Arizona State. But after the Sun Devils told her the only thing they could offer her was to walk on with a chance at a scholarship down the road, she decided to take her talents to Pocatello, home of Idaho State.
"I knew I could go someplace and get a full-ride (scholarship), so why not do that?" Reed said.
Reed had her chance to shine Sunday afternoon and prove to the ASU coaches that they missed an opportunity two years ago. She ended the game with five points and four rebounds while playing 33 minutes as Idaho State fell 60-53 to the Sun Devils.
It was an opportunity to show that ASU's loss has certainly been Idaho State's gain.
"Absolutely!" said Bengals coach Seton Sobolewski. "She was a significant part of our championship last year and the success that we've had."
As a sophomore last season, Reed started all 32 games and averaged 33.4 minutes, 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Bengals won the Big Sky Tournament to advance to the women's NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Miami. Reed was named to the Big Sky All-Tournament team.
This year, the junior has picked up where she left off as a sophomore, averaging 11.4 points a game and 31.7 minutes as Idaho State currently sits 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Big Sky Conference.
"She has made a big difference with our team in the sense that she's another guard who works really hard, who can defend and can score," Sobolewski said. "She is so talented in terms of all the players on the team. She has to be one of the most talented that we have.
"She has a really good motor that she can go and go and play hard for long periods of time. She has made a significant difference on our team."
Entering Sunday, Reed had 756 career points and 412 rebounds. It's expected that before her career is over, she will become the 15th player in ISU history to score 1,000 points and the 13th player in the school's history to have more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
"It's a good goal to have, and to leave a mark at ISU would be something to look back on," Reed said.
It's a mark that Reed might not have been able to leave had it not been for the persistent recruiting of Sobolewski to get her to Pocatello. KHS girls basketball coach Danny Gonzalez said at the time Reed was being recruited, there were a handful of other schools interested.
"It was obvious he wanted her when he did his visit here," Gonzalez said. "It was, 'I'm coming to get Lindsey and we want Lindsey here,' and it showed. She had a great first year."
Feeling right at home at Idaho State, Reed started in 29 of 30 games during her freshman year, averaging 33.4 minutes with 10.6 points. She scored a season-high 29 points against Northern Colorado as ISU ended the 2010-11 season 18-12, 9-7 Big Sky Conference.
"I felt like she was better than a walk-on player. That's why I stayed with it," Sobolewski said. "You could go walk on at ASU and work your way through the ranks and maybe play in a few years. Or you could come here at Idaho State and make an impact."
"Her life is basketball," Gonzalez said. "For me as a coach, it was hard to tell Lindsey (that ASU wanted her as a walk-on).
"If that's the way she would've gone, she would've showed promise that they should've offered her a scholarship. Had she done that and walked on, I think she would've been successful and I think she would've been wearing an ASU uniform. But at the time, Lindsey said, 'No. I want to play right now.'"