By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
Brandon Reed never wavered from the idea of being a multi-sport athlete.
Now, the Riverside senior is a two-sport, all-state selection.
Reed was named Wednesday night as a third-team Class 3A all-state boys basketball selection by Pennsylvania Sports Writers.
In the fall, Reed made the all-state team in soccer while also playing golf for the Vikings. This spring, he set the track and field team’s school record with a long jump of 22-9.
“Ever since I was younger, I’ve always played multiple sports,” said Reed, who also played youth baseball before ending that to become a four-sport athlete in high school. “ … I’ve done most of the sports there are out there.
“I wanted to keep that to keep me active. That was the main goal.”
Reed did more than simply remain active.
“To make all-state in one sport is a tremendous honor,” he said. “To make it in two is an even bigger honor and it’s all because of my teammates, my coaches and my family.”
Reed scored 1,110 career points by going from sparse playing time as a freshman to 10.3 points per game as a sophomore starter to 17.4 per game as a divisional all-star in his junior season and 19.8 per game as a senior.
The 5-foot-9 guard also led the Vikings in rebounds (5.6), assists (4.0) and steals (2.5) per game as well as shooting percentages from the floor (52.9) and foul line (82.7). He was a 34.9-percent shooter from 3-point range.
Reed, who will play basketball at Marywood University, led Riverside to Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 3A titles.
The selection of Reed is the first for a District 2 boys basketball player this year. There were none from District 2 on the Class A or 2A teams, which were announced the previous two nights.