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STEPHENVILLE (July 8, 2016) – Former Tarleton basketball star EJ Reed has signed a contract to play professionally for Boras Basket in Boras, Sweden.
Boras Basket plays in the Basketligan, Sweden’s premier league for professional basketball. The club also competes in the FIBA Europe Cup. Boras Basket went 18-12 last season and finished fourth in the league and advanced to the semifinals in the postseason.
In a release by Boras Basket, the club’s head coach Jonte Karlsson was quoted about the addition of Reed: “I think that EJ is an exciting player. When you talk with him you find that he is young and wants much. He wants to get the chance and is justified and with his drive then it will go well. EJ is a really good athlete, which is important to us. EJ is a modern power forward who can play with his back to the basket and also from the three-point line. It is a big advantage.”
Reed led the Texans in scoring his senior year with 17.2 points per game and averaged 6.7 rebounds. Reed shot 54 percent from the floor, 37 percent on three-pointers and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Reed’s 566 points in 2015-16 ranks eighth all-time in a single season. The Mesquite native was named first-team All-Lone Star Conference and first-team All-South Central Region by D2CCA. Reed was a LSC Player of the Week a conference-high five times his senior season.
Reed helped lead Tarleton to a 55-13 record in his two seasons with the Texans, including two South Central Regional Championships and a LSC regular season title in 2014-15.
“We are excited that EJ has realized his dream of playing professionally,” said Tarleton associate head coach Chris Reisman. “He had a great senior season on the court and really was a big piece in our run late in the season. Boras Basket is getting a talented player that can cause mismatches on both ends of the court. We want to wish EJ the best of luck and also thank him for a great career.”
In the Lonn Reisman era, Tarleton has had over 30 players continue their basketball careers in the professional ranks.