Sunday, November 28

Kentucky Basketball Recruitment: Five-Star CG Reed Sheppard follows in his father’s footsteps and commits to Wildcats

Kentucky-born Reed Sheppard, a five-star recruit in the 2023 class from London, Kentucky, announced in an engagement ceremony on Saturday that he would be staying home to play his college ball and campaign for the Kentucky Wildcats. Sheppard, number 22 overall on the 247Sports Composite leaderboard, chose the UK over a bid sheet that included Arizona State, Louisville, Indiana, Iowa, and others.

The 6-foot-3 combo guardian has a rich family history of Kentucky connections with father Jeff and mother Stacey Reed who both played basketball for the Wildcats in college.

“I’m a little boy from Kentucky. I grew up attending all kinds of Kentucky games. I was always there. Having that opportunity was something that is very hard to miss, ”he said at an engagement ceremony.

Reed’s father, Jeff, was a two-time NCAA Wildcats champion, an NCAA tournament MOP, and a senior All-SEC performer in the 1990s. He averaged 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Wildcats in 1997-98 on a Tubby Smith-trained team that included Nazr Muhammad, Scott Padgett, Wayne Turner and others. His mother, Stacey Reed, is one of the top 10 scorers of all time for the women’s program.

Kentucky played Sheppard slowly in his recruitment but finally made an offer that summer when he received a surge of interest from across the country. The offer made way for a press from John Calipari and his staff who made him a priority to get him to campus and seal his commitment, making him the first player in the 2023 class to sign up for the Wildcats decided.

“We’re just very grateful for the opportunity we have,” said Sheppard. “It is the dream of many little boys who live in Kentucky to play basketball at the University of Kentucky.”

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