Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gcc Grad Piling Up Serious Court Time

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gcc Grad Piling Up Serious Court Time

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As a junior accounting major at American University in Washington, D.C., Jesse Reed has become pretty good with numbers.

It doesn't take a math-wiz, however, to add up all the minutes he has sat out as a member of the men's basketball team.

There aren't very many.

Reed, a 6-foot-5 guard from Greensburg Central Catholic, leads NCAA Division I in minutes played, averaging 39.4 in a 40-minute game, while senior teammates Pee Wee Gardner is second at 39.1 and John Schoof is third at 38.8, giving the Eagles guards a rare 1-2-3 combination among the country's leaders.

"I really haven't even thought about it," Reed said of the minutes played per game. "I just love being out on the court playing the game. The minutes, that's all secondary stuff. We're just out there playing the game. As a competitor, I never want to come out of the game."

Reed hasn't come out of the game very often.

Since Nov. 26, a span of 15 games heading into Wednesday night's game at Navy, Reed has sat out just 14 minutes and that includes a six-minute breather against Lehigh Jan. 14. Take that abnormality out of the mix and he has missed just eight minutes in 14 games.

In two overtime games this season he sat out just one minute total and he played every minute of a 71-69 double-overtime victory against Colgate Jan. 10.

"I want to be out there every minute I can," said Reed, a resident of Saltsburg who played a season at Kiski School after graduating from Greensburg Central Catholic. "Being able to play all 40, I wouldn't have it any other way. I never want to come out. It's definitely fun, but it is a little tiring.

"Now it's just second nature. I'm used to the long hours in practice, playing full games. We call it getting a badge when you play all 40 [minutes], so I'm used to the badges. It's just kind of second nature now."

Reed got used to the extensive playing time last season as a sophomore.

Averaging 35.3 minutes per game, he was named second-team All- Patriot League while leading American at 13.8 points per game. He was also the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was second in the league in 3-point shooting at 46 percent (60 of 131). …

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