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‘I’m a little boy from Kentucky’: North Laurel star Reed Sheppard picks UK

Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 9:03 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Reed Sheppard, the No. 1 player in the state, has chosen the Kentucky Wildcats.

The North Laurel junior chose between Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Virginia and Ohio State. Sheppard led the Jaguars in scoring during his sophomore season with 30.1 points per game, scoring 38 points in the 13th Region championship game against Knox Central. He averaged 7.1 rebounds per game.

When asked why he picked Kentucky, Sheppard said “I’m a little boy from Kentucky. Having this opportunity is something that is very hard to pass up and like I’ve told you a lot, it’s a dream of a lot of little boys that live in Kentucky to play basketball at the University of Kentucky.”

Both of Sheppard’s parents played at Kentucky. Stacey Reed played for the Cats from 1991-95 and currently sits at No. 14 for all-time leading scorers. Jeff Sheppard was a member of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams, earning Most Outstanding Player of the 1998 tournament.

“We always knew our parents legacy and honestly it was really cool, but to us it was just our parents. They did a great job of remaining humble in that and not being boastful about it and to us it was just like that’s just who we are,” added Madison.

The Sheppard family would have supported Reed no matter where he went. “We really truly wanted him to go where he wanted to go. We were prepared. We were prepared to wear red if we needed to, and orange if we needed to, or blue if we needed to,” said Jeff.

Stacey said it was a surreal moment to be in Rupp Arena not as a fan, but for her son, “Jeff and I sitting there at Big Blue Madness, in the seats knowing that we were there for our son and not just to watch Kentucky basketball. It was a very surreal moment.”

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