Monday, July 25, 2011
J-Mychal Reese commits to Texas A&M
By Dave Telep
J-Mychal Reese (Bryan, Texas/Bryan), ESPNU's No. 28 overall player and No. 2 point guard, committed to play for coach Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M on the Aggies' campus Friday.
Reese also had offers from Texas, Baylor and a host of others but the son of the Bryan High School coach opted to stay close to home. Reese resides 10 minutes from the Aggies' campus and it was during the break in between July periods when Reese began warming up to the idea of playing for Kennedy.
"At the beginning of July, I didn't know," Reese said. "Then I talked to the coaches and that changed my mind. Being the first commit for 2012 players meant a lot to me."
Last year, Reese averaged 28 points per game while playing for his father, John. Reese's dad knew Kennedy from a previous stop and that was a help in bridging the relationship.
"[J-Mychal] knows some of the key guys on the staff," John Reese said. "We've known Coach Kennedy for years. I met him several years back when he was at Centenary. I think some of the things that really sold Mike was his style of play at Murray State; that's one of the things that really had him sold. They play up tempo and play in attack mode."
Point guards have been flying off the board since college programs realized a year ago that the position was not deep. Reese said he was content to wait around and make the right decision for him, knowing that the schools that truly wanted him would wait. Now that he's on board for the Aggies, the point guard said he'd like to bring some guys with him.
"I got to bring Chris Washburn (Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville), Prince Ibeh (Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest) and try to get Marcus Smart (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) and try to talk to Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and Winston Shepard (Dallas/Findlay Prep)," he said.
The soft-spoken Reese knows what lies ahead. He can be the statement recruit for his hometown team and help Kennedy continue the winning ways of Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon.
"I'll look forward to making history and doing it in the place where I'm from," Reese said.
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at email@example.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.