MBB: Reed signs with pro contract in Belgium
Aug. 8, 2012
By Michael Eldridge | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Former UT Arlington basketball standout LaMarcus Reed III is taking his talents overseas to begin his professional basketball career with the Antwerp Giants of the Belgium Basketball League’s first-division.
Reed, who spent last summer in China during the Mavericks trip abroad before its season, said that he hope that it isn’t like his first experience overseas.
“I didn’t have a good time in China,” he said. “But from what I hear, Belgium is a real good place to start off at. They speak a lot of English from what I know.”
While he said he has never had a Brussels waffle, more commonly known in the states as a Belgium waffle, he does want to take in the experience of Europe when he has the chance to.
“I do want to take in a soccer game or two,” Reed said. “That is the one thing I want to do. Outside of that I don’t really know what to expect.”
Reed said he has talked to other former Mavericks who have played professionally overseas and they have all reassured him that he will do fine when he plays.
Reed, a first-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2011, joins Antwerp after a successful season in the NBA Summer League. He played with the Portland Trail Blazers and was featured in two of the five games during the Blazer’s schedule. Reed scored 14-points in 22 minutes played in his team’s 81-55 defeat of the Miami Heat in his last appearance.
“What I try to take out of it is how to be a pro”, Reed said of his experience in the summer league. “The biggest thing is confidence. Those guys aren’t too far ahead of me and my teammates here at UTA.”
During Reed’s senior season with the Mavericks he led the SLC during in-conference games with 20.4 points per game and was second overall with 17.8.
“He deserves everything good that comes his way because he put in the time and hard work to make himself a great leader and outstanding basketball player,” UTA basketball coach Scott Cross said. I am confident that LaMarcus will do great things in Belgium, and this is just the beginning of a great professional career for him.”
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