The Prep basketball season may be officially over with no more games to be played but that doesn’t mean the season ends for hopeful seniors who are looking to land a scholarship. Case and point Putnam Science Academy’s Kareem Reid.
Reid had a lackluster senior season with the Mustangs battling a lingering knee injury throughout most of the season. Reid, being the hardnosed player that he is, tried to play through the injury after the new year but trainers told him to take it easy and therefore his minutes reduced. The 6-foot, 8-inch lefty forward with a 7-3 wingspan does offer a Division 1 program the word that you hear often around sports — potential.
Schools, looking to bank in on potential, recently came knocking at Reid’s door after the Putnam Science Academy senior announced on social media that he would re-classify into the Class of 2019, forgoing a possible Post-Grad season for the Mustangs.
Last week Reid tweeted: “After discussing it with my close ones and taking the time to think over, I have decided to re-class back to my Class of 2019 as I feel I am ready for the next step in my journey.”
The news broke and spread like a wildfire on Twitter with UConn, Georgia, South Carolina, Penn State, Providence, St. Bonaventure, Ohio State, Rhode Island, Minnesota and VCU all reaching out shortly after hearing one of the most talented big men of the 2020 class all of a sudden became available this year. Putnam Science Academy has been in the middle of hosting open gyms, allowing college coaches to come stop by and take a look at the talented group of players Head Coach Tom Espinosa has in his arsenal. The gym was a little more packed than usual this past week when Missouri, Sienna, Bryant and New Mexico stopped by to watch Reid play.
After practice, Espinosa said: “Kareem is one of the nicest kids you’ll ever meet. Not only that but he’s a very intelligent kid as well. We saw up-close how this past season went and even though it wasn’t Kareem’s best season, he still provides energy and size that a lot of these Division 1 programs look for.” When asked about the buzz created on Twitter after Reid’s decision, Espinosa said: “Not surprised at all. One of those top programs are going to get a kid who will bring it every day in practice and continue to improve his game at the next level.”
Reid has yet to make a decision in regards to next year and what college he will decide on attending and there is no timetable for a decision.

Josh Sanchas
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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