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Future Bright for Archers Following Eighth-Place NJCAA Finish

March 24, 2014

Randy Reed II  
Randy Reed II helped the Archers finish eighth in the
NJCAA Division II Basketball Tournament, which con-
cluded March 22.

Shortly after completing his first season at the helm of St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team, Randy Reed had already affixed his gaze on the 2014-15 season.

In his first year as a collegiate head coach, Reed took the Archers to the NJCAA Tournament, where they won a pair of games and placed eighth. The Archers’ late-season performance not only reflects well on where the program currently is, but also where it is headed.

“It’s going to be unbelievable,” said Reed, who retains fertile recruiting grounds throughout the St. Louis region from his prep coaching days with McCluer North High School. “Everybody’s been calling me and texting me congratulations. The future looks very bright for basketball at St. Louis Community College.”

All season, the Archers were guided by the contributions of sophomore guard Cortez Conners, who is headed to California-Bakersfield this fall, and forward Randy Reed II, who averaged 21.5 points per game. For the Archers to make a return trip to the NJCAA Tournament, and advance to the tourney’s championship tilt, STLCC will need to add to their talent pool. The Archers’ lack of depth began to take a toll in the team’s seventh-place game against South Suburban College, a game the Archers dropped, 70-61.

“I thought we were very fatigued the last game,” Reed said. “Randy had been playing 38 to 39 minutes. What I learned is that you have to be very, very deep. There was so much talent there, and you just need a little more depth.”

The Archers’ late-season success, which included six wins in a seven-game span, coincided with a change in philosophy, according to Reed, one that more closely resembled his coaching style while winning three state championships at McCluer North. The change was a simple and familiar one for Reed, but the success that came along with it caught the Archers’ head coach a bit by surprise.

“It was mind-boggling at times, to see my high school strategy work at the college level,” Reed said. “We won three state championships in high school, and it worked well there. I just kind of re-routed my truths, and we got here to at least place.”

Consider that mission accomplished, and a higher one already established for the coming year. After his successful run at the high school level, Reed entered this year in search of an added challenge for himself. In doing so, he’s raised the bar for his program as well.