The 4-1-1 on No. 55
Aug. 14, 2016

Boise State men's basketball head coach Leon Rice has called redshirt senior guard James Reid "the best player-coach I've ever been around." Reid, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, will enter the 2016-17 season as his only year to play with the Broncos.

Despite not playing a regular-season game yet for the Blue and Orange, Reid already has a degree from Boise State and is working on another. He wrapped up his bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring and jumped right into a master's in the same discipline. The graduate program is accelerated, allowing Reid the chance to have his master's degree by the time his collegiate playing career comes to an end.

It has been a long journey from Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., to the floor of Taco Bell Arena for Reid. He began his college career at College of Southern Idaho where he started 39 games during his two years. Reid was named honorable mention all-conference as a freshman and over his career shot a staggering 100-for-114 from the free throw line. From CSI he took an opportunity to play at the Division I level at Arkansas-Little Rock. In one year, Reid led the Trojans with 52 three-pointers- the most by a UALR student-athlete in five years.

With one year left to play, Reid sought an opportunity closer to home. The Broncos came calling.Reid arrived on campus in the summer of 2015, knowing he would have to sit out one season, but that he would have a chance to be a senior on a young team the following year. He immediately set out to gain the trust and respect of his teammates and coaches. It did not take long for those around the program to recognize the new leadership presence in the practice gym.

Now, a year later, Reid has the chance to put that trust and guidance into action between the lines. He took the floor as a Bronco for the first time Friday, with Boise State facing a six-point halftime deficit. The change in energy was immediate and within minutes the margin was erased. In all, Reid played nine minutes in the game and the Broncos were plus-20 on the scoreboard in that time.

He went on to play 30 minutes in the second game of Friday's doubleheader, scoring a team-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Boise State outscored Ottawa by six during Reid's minutes, but dropped a 90-88 decision.

Reid, who is still recovering from minor offseason knee surgery, sat out the Saturday game in hopes of getting enough rest to play in the Sunday rematch with Ottawa. His status for the game will be a game-time decision, but either way the Broncos can count on his veteran presence. The Broncos and Gee-Gees tip off at noon.


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