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Knee injury ends Reed's summer

Originally Published: July 22, 2008
By Glenn Nelson | ESPN HoopGurlz

Cokie ReedGlenn NelsonCokie Reed's stellar summer was cut short by a knee injury.
Cokie Reed hasn't yet had the injury to her left knee specified, but she already has ruled herself out of the remainder of the summer club season.

The 6-foot-4 post out of Waco, Texas, suffered the injury during a scary moment of DFW Elite Gold's much-anticipated division championship game against sister team, DFW Elite T-Jack, during last week's Summer Showcase in Elgin, Ill. Reed believes her knee was hit by another player as she was setting a screen.

"All I remember is my knee going backward," Reed said, "and me screaming."

Reed currently is ranked No. 8 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred for 2009, but almost is certain to rise when prospects are re-ranked next month. ESPN HoopGurlz already has named her the outstanding participant at the Nike National Skills Academy, held earlier this month in Beaverton, Ore.

The affable and powerful Reed said she is scheduled to have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations on both knees on Tuesday as a precaution. She said her trainer initially has diagnosed the injury as a hyperextension. Depending on degree of injury, hyperextended knees typically require 2-4 weeks of inactivity to heal.

One of the nation's most hotly recruited prospects, Reed's leaders are Texas and LSU. She also has Rutgers, South Carolina and Oklahoma among her finalists. Reed said she still plans to make a choice after taking official visits this fall.

Reed's injury, albeit in a not-so-desirable way, helps the DFW program resolve a dilemma for Nike Nationals, which begins July 28 in North Augusta, S.C. DFW has two strong teams which it believes can compete in the summer's most prestigious tournament, but will have to combine them, as there are 24 Nike-sponsored programs and just as many slots in the summer-ending tournament. Reed and at least Nikki Green were certain to be added from the DFW Elite Gold squad to the core of the T-Jack team.

Reed still is hoping she can accompany DFW to Nike Nationals. "I have always planned to end my summer circuit career there," she said. The plan is under debate, however, and, according to Reed, her mother's "no" vote is carrying the day.

"We'll see," Reed said. "I'm doing a little extra cleaning around the house."

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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American Selection Committees, he formerly coached girls club basketball, was the editor-in-chief of an online sports network, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at glenn@hoopgurlz.com.

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