Last night, old friend Coach John Reese of Bryan gave me a call to give me a heads up as to what was about to go down in College Station today. His son, J. Mychal Reese one of the Class of 2012’s most decorated players was about to give his verbal to the Aggies. Texas A&M is only 5 miles down the road from Bryan High School. Young Reese was excited to be able to get the ball in his hands and to lead new TAMU Coach Billy Kennedy’s free wheeling offense. You can expect other dominoes to fall in the recruiting world with this announcement as you can bet that other marquee’ players will want to play with an unselfish player like him.
Reese has carried the mantle of being the country’s #1 player from the 5th to 9th grade (and beyond on some services rankings). He may be the most scrutinized youngster in the history of bsketball because of this, with the possible exception of O.J. Mayo. Through it all, young Reese has maintained a business like, stoic demeanor as everyone tried to give him their best shot. This is a testament to his character and that of his family (John and Celeste Reese) as he never allowed the attention to cause him to lose focus or to get “a big head”.
The biggest uncertainty for the Reese Family occurred about 10 days ago when J. Mychal went down with a knee injury. Thank God that a potential torn ACL turned out to be only a severe strain. Now, the only 5A Texas All State Player in history to have earned that honor as a freshman, sophomore and junior can concentrate on his senior year and attempting to lead Bryan to a State Title. Amongst other honors Reese also attended the Deron Williams PG Camp this summer in addition to the LeBron James Camp. J. Mychal was also selected to play in the upcoming Global Games in Oregon but upon injuring his knee was quickly replaced on the roster by Nike.
J.Mychal Reese (shown below with the Texas D1 Ambassadors) in the summer of 2007. Photo courtesy of ESPN The Magazine. They came to Austin and Bryan to do a feature on the rising 8th grader who was crowned the #1 player in the country. At the time Reese (along with L.J. Rose, Rasheed Sulaimon, Winston Shepherd, D.J. Griggs and Uche Ofoegbu) led the Texas D1 Ambassadors to consecutive Final Four appearances at AAU Nationals in Memphis and Orlando.
Reese is an explosive lefty who gets to the rim when he wants, finishing with his devastating tear drop. Can score in bunches but loves to set up team mates and will get after it on defense. Congratulations to The Reese Family-Coach Max Ivany
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