ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington basketball alum LaMarcus Reed has signed with Aris Thessaloniki, a traditional basketball power in the Greek League. Reed played last season with Etha (Cyprus), averaging 14.2 points and 7 rebounds per game.
"I'm very excited to be a good league and compete against some of the top teams in Europe like Olympiacos and Panathinaikos," Reed said. "Those are two prestigious clubs and it should be real fun to compete against those guys."
Reed's professional career began with Antwerp Giants of the Belgium Basketball League's first-division. The Dallas native also played for Portland's NBA Summer League team in 2013.
He's spent the last few months preparing for the upcoming season.
"This summer I've been working hard to win the mental part of the game," Reed said. "The skills are here, but sometimes I could lose focus and my mind can wander. That's just one thing I've really been working on this summer to stay focus on the task at hand and don't let things that happen on the outside happen affect what happens on the court."
Reed was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2011 as a senior. That season he led the SLC in scoring in league games at 20.4 points per game.
The lessons he learned from UT Arlington coach Scott Cross continue to pay dividends.
"He preached toughness," Reed said. "That has helped get to where I am right now. It's driven me to keep going when things got tough. I think if I hadn't been a part of this program and had that toughness built inside me, I don't think I would have made it. I would have gave up, but because I worked with Coach Cross there was no quit in me."
MBB: Mavs welcome Ragin' Cajuns in key SBC game
MBB: Bilbao, Jones lead Mavs past ULM
MBB: Mavs return home to host Louisiana rivals
UT Arlington holds off South Alabama's rally for 89-83 win
MBB: Mavs set for Monday's ESPN2 appearance
MBB: Mavs fall to Troy, 93-71