June 24, 2013
By Alyssa Davis | Special to UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, TX – After taking his game overseas, former UT Arlington basketball star LaMarcus Reed III joined the LF Basket team in the Swedish Basketligan league.
Although Sweden is where he finished his first professional season, it was not Reed's first choice of teams to play on. His first European team to play with was the Antwerp Giants from Belgium. Unfortunately, he wouldn't stay there long.
"Things didn't really go according to plan," Reed said. "The coach and I didn't really see eye to eye. He didn't think I was able to produce. He thought they made a bad decision."
Reed only averaged four points per game and about 14 minutes per game while in Belgium.
Reed was released from the team, but wasn't worried since he had other options. After his release, he got back in contact with a team from Sweden.
"They still wanted me," Reed said. "So I ended up just signing the contract with those guys and finishing the year out in Sweden."
The Swedish team was the first to actually make Reed an offer after he finished his career at UT Arlington.
Moving overseas is a big adjustment usually, but it wasn't too hard for Reed to adapt to the changes. He said that mostly everyone spoke English and the cutlure was kind of American-ized.
"The only thing I had to adjust to was all the restaurants close at like eight to 10 o'clock," he explained. "I can't just go in the middle of the night to find a burger place or a Taco Bell."
Cultural differences in Europe weren't difficult for Reed. The climate is a different story.
"In Sweden, I had to adjust to the weather," he said. "It's still like three feet of snow, right now. When I left it was like negative eight. It's, like, freezing.”
While Reed tries to stay warm this summer working out at UT Arlington, he'll keep working on his game to one day achieve his dream of coming back to the U.S. to play in the NBA.
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