Times – Captain Shreve’s Kyron Reed delivers assists on, off basketball court

When it comes to assists off the basketball court, few athletes in Northwest Louisiana do it better than Captain Shreve’s Kyron Reed.

The senior combo guard is pretty good with them on the court too, and was key in leading the Gators to an opening round 63-41 win over Live Oak on Friday night in the LHSAA Class 5A state playoffs. He led Shreve with 24 points and was backed up by Davieon Coleman, who finished with 10 points.

The 5-foot-11 Reed started his high school career as a shooting guard, but was moved to point guard late last season. He struggled at the new position and was forced to miss practices to care for his younger siblings.

“While his mother was at work, Kyron cooked meals and helped his siblings with homework,” Shreve coach Corey Deans said. “At the same time, Kyron maintained at least a 3.0 GPA. As a coach, my heart went out for Kyron. Here is a kid taking on adult responsibilities and instead of receiving the praise he deserves, he was getting benched for missing practice. Kyron is a type person who thrives in adversity. He stayed engaged and supportive of his teammates’ success. Kyron didn’t let his situation deter him becoming the player we see today.”

Reed is averaging 13 points and three assists for the Gators ( 26-5) who were  12-1 in tough District 1-5A. His tutoring assists are for his ninth- and 11th-grade brothers and requires 30 minutes to an hour per day to make sure they’re getting their homework done. The light switched on for him athletically for Reed last season. He had fallen off his training requirements and practice time due to his outside requirements, but rebounded.

“Now that I’m a senior, I’ve been working on my game a lot,” he said. “I’ve gotten better at things I was lacking at, like turning the ball over. I just keep working hard every day.”

Another challenge came when Reed moved from his mother’s home to live with his father and didn’t have a way to get to practice.

Captain Shreve's Kyron Reed moves the ball against Parkway's Keegan Clark in a District 1-5A boys basketball game Friday.

“Kyron took on a position at the local Kroger to save enough money to buy a dependable vehicle (2007 Chevy Malibu), so that he and two teammates would have a ride to practice,” Deans said. “Not only did Kyron make it to every practice throughout the week, he called me every weekend to watch film and workout. Now he is reaping the benefits of his work ethic in his senior season. In my opinion, he is the front runner for district MVP.”

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