Utah prep basketball standout Randy Reid has whittled down his wish list of collegiate basketball programs to three, but he has also decided to take some extra time before announcing which university he plans to attend.
Today is the first day of an early allowable period for high school basketball players to sign a national letter-of-intent to attend a specific university. Reid said he may decide as early as today or as late as this weekend.From his Spanish Fork home Wednesday night, Reid said his list now consists of BYU, North Carolina and Stanford, with previous preferences UCLA and Providcence College apparently out of the running for his services.
"I'm going to take some time to talk with my family - we haven't been together, for heaven's sakes," said the 6-foot-2 guard. While he has been wooed by dozens of major-college programs, his father, Roger Reid, has himself been involved in recruiting as BYU's assistant head basketball coach.
Reid, a two-time all-state player, averaged 26 points, seven assists and four rebounds a game as a junior for Spanish Fork High last year. He has been an honorable mention All-America selection in national basketball magazines.
One element in Reid's decision is a possible future in college baseball - and perhaps professional baseball. A three-year starter in baseball, Reid is a smooth-fielding, switch-hitting shortstop who batted .410 during Spanish Fork's state 3A championship season last spring. College basketball coaches have promised Reid that he could also play baseball, while scouts representing some half-dozen major-league teams - including the Dodgers, Cubs and Red Sox - have projected him as a middle-round draft prospect.
One factor Reid cited as playing a role in his postponement is the announcement by heralded New York prepster Kenny Anderson that he will attend Georgia Tech. North Carolina Coach Dean Smith had tried to entice a freshman guardline of Anderson and Reid, with the former being a penetrating guard and the latter more of a perimeter-shooting guard.
Reid said that Anderson's signing with Georgia Tech now makes North Carolina a more appealing possibility for him. He added that of his three finalists, he is leaning a little less toward Stanford.