Playing hoops at a young age helped Reed be leader on the court

Playing hoops at a young age helped Reed be leader on the court
KOOSKIA, ID - Austin Reed in this week's Prep Athlete of the Week.

As a senior at Clearwater Valley High School, Austin Reed has been a big contributor over the years and this year is no different. He is a hard worker both on and off the court.

Often times when a child picks up a sport it's because his parents played but for Clearwater Valley's Austin Reed, that wasn't the case.

"None of my parents played basketball," said Reed. "I always wanted to be watching TV and everything else."

With Steve Nash as his role model, this senior guard took to the court at a young age and he hasn't looked back.

"When we were little, we got a bunch of kids together on the playground," said Reed. "Then from there we developed an AAU team, and then from there we went to junior and high school."

The experience has served Reed well as he was a part of a rams team that won a state championship when he was a sophomore, something he would love to do as a senior.

"I'm just lookin' forward to a great season, see how it turns out," said Reed. "hopefully we get to go to state again."

But what is it about hoops that keeps him coming back for more?

"I like the close games because I like to get an adrenaline rush and I don't know," said Reed. "I always like when it's close because you gotta do the right things to win."

in the meantime, when Reed isn't on the court, he's focusing on his studies.

"I'm an honor roll student, I get A's and B's," said Reed. "A few C's occasionally."

in addition to being a good student and a leader on the court, he's also an exceptional person to spend time with.

"He's a great kid, hard working kid, comes from a great family," said coach Adam Uptmore. "They really push ya know the good values kids should have when they're growing up. He's just a great person to be around."

Reeds hard work in the classroom, passion for the game, and leadership on the court make him this weeks P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.