Reed and Morningstar Receive Conference Academic Recognition

Feb. 17, 2011

IRVING, Texas – Kansas seniors Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team announced Thursday by the conference office. Reed was a first-team selection and has earned first-team honors all three years he has been eligible as freshman are not allowed to be named to the conference academic teams. Morningstar is on the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

A native of Burlington, Kan., Reed graduated from the KU in December with a degree in exercise science/pre-physical therapy. He has been accepted in to KU Medicine’s physical therapy school. He is the only Jayhawk to have started every game this season, averaging 9.7 points and 1.5 steals per game. Reed also leads KU with 50 three-pointers this year.

Earlier this month, Reed was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team, allowing him to appear on the national ballot for Academic All-American honors.

A Lawrence product, Morningstar is appearing on the academic all-conference team for the first time. Morningstar, who graduated in May 2010, leads the conference with a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season and an even more impressive 6.3 ratio in Big 12 play. Morningstar also leads Kansas with 40 steals.

To qualify for Academic All-Big 12 recognition, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. First team members include those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.