This is a story about 3 brothers, led by their father Robert Reed who dubs himself the Chicago Lavar Ball (minus the antics he promises), and how he feels his sons' talents have been held back by coaches.
Left to Right: Kobe Chance Reed (16), Trevor Parker Reed (5), Collin Grant Reed (19), Robert Reed, Robert Jordan Reed (21) Kyle Wade Reed (7)
Robert tells us how coaches have hid his sons from recruiters, starting with Jordan the 21 year old. Jordan played one year at Chicago State (17 games played; 1.8 pts/gm averaging 8 minutes of floor time) before transferring to Bethesda University of California for the 2019-20 season. Jordan has played 1 game so far this season, scoring 6 points in 15 minutes. Robert speculates that his son and the family were "sold a bill of goods" by "the coach, only to hide him on the bench". I wasn't exactly sure if dad was speaking of Chicago State or Bethesda, however, this is Jordan's first season in California so we assumed Chicago State was who made the promises that weren't kept, according to Robert. Only to confuse things, Jordan's father left a final message in his first email that Jordan has a grad year left and will be seeking a transfer to a school in California looking for a seasoned veteran.
We plan to follow Jordan's progress and see if he indeed seeks a transfer after this season.
That leads us to Collin Grant Reed, age 19, who was a McDonald's All American nominee and is playing JUCO ball at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA (just West of Pomona).
This will be an ongoing series, as we will chronicle the boys' season as well as check back in with dad. Next part we will dive deeper into Collin's young career so far and also feature the 16 year old Kobe who's one of the top 5 guards in the state. Dad points out that he named all 5 of his boys after his favorite basketball players (Jordan, Grant, Kobe, Wade and Parker).
Make sure to follow the boys on twitter at: @kobereed10, @collinreed18 and @itsjreed
Here's a look at Jordan in high school for Plainfield East in 2016:
If you'd like to contribute to this series, either as a former teammate, local journalist familiar with the family or through any other link to the Reed Boys' story, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org