Kansas Men's Basketball Seniors Morningstar and Reed Heading to Houston
March 30, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior guards Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed will represent the Jayhawks this weekend at the Final Four in Houston.
Morningstar will participate in the men’s three-point competition for the 23rd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships, Intersport announced Wednesday. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. (Central) Thursday, March 31, in Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston campus and will air at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Reed will be one of the finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which will be presented Friday afternoon, April 1, at Reliant Stadium.
Morningstar was second on Kansas’ team in 2010-11 with 43 three-pointers made. The Lawrence, Kan., native made 41.0 percent from beyond the arc this season. He ended his career ranked eighth on the KU all-time three-point field goal percentage list at 41.3 percent and his 116 threes made are 18th on the KU all-time list.
Reed, a 2011 Academic All-America First Team selection from Burlington, Kan., was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award on Jan. 26. The award is given annually to the Division I men’s basketball player who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Fans were able to vote via the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website (www.seniorclassaward.com) or on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 20. Fan votes, which Reed dominated, will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner. Former Jayhawk Wayne Simien won the award in 2005, while Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich were finalists in 2003. Earlier in December, Reed was accepted to the University of Kansas Medical School’s physical therapy program.
Both Morningstar and Reed were named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention this season and Morningstar was a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Reed was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, while Morningstar was named academic all-conference second team in 2011.
Kansas finished the season 35-3, posting its 10th overall and fourth 30-win season in the last five years. The Jayhawks won their seventh straight, 11th Big 12 and NCAA-leading conference regular-season with a 14-2 league record.