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Depaul Forward Paul Reed is Ready to Lead Depaul to its First NCAA Tournament in 16 Years

From his freshman year to his sophomore year, Depaul forward Paul Reed went from being an average college basketball player to a projected first round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Reed is a 6’9 forward from Orlando, Florida. He attended Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida. As a senior in high school, Reed was named Central Florida Player of the Year. Reed takes pride in representing his hometown with basketball. 

“Its cool knowing that im representing us the right way,” Reed said.

While at Depaul, Reed has developed a ton as a player in just two years. The school is the perfect fit for him.

“It means a lot to me being apart of this program,” Reed said. “God gave me the opportunity to help a program that has been losing win. I wouldn’t wanna go anywhere for my college career I feel like this the perfect school for me to flourish in.”

As a freshman, Reed averaged 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game. He was also named to the Big East All Academic Team.

Reed’s game stepped up dramatically in his sophomore year. He averaged 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. Reed was named to 2019 Big East Most Improved Player and Big East All Academic Team. 

"It meant a lot to me, it showed me that my hard work paid off,” Reed said. “My coach gave me the opportunity to actually play this year and I worked my ass off everyday and the results speak for themselves.”

He also helped lead the Blue Demons to a College Basketball Invitational which was their first time playing in a postseason tournament since the 2006-07 season. Although they lost to South Florida in a 3 game series, Reed was able to show off his ability. In game 2, Reed scored 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Heading into his junior year, he will look to lead Depaul to their first ever Big East conference title and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2003-04.

“I expect us to win the Big East Championship, make it to the Final 4, and win an NCAA Championship. It’s not gonna be easy but I feel like it’s very possible.”

Jonathan Aguilar for The Depaulia

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