Former Ole Miss and NBA star Justin Reed has died after being diagnosed with cancer three months ago.
35-year-old Reed, a native of Jackson, was battling angiosarcoma, a form of spinal cancer. He played for Provine High School before becoming a star player for the Ole Miss Rebels from 2000 to 2004, leading the SEC in scoring in his final season in Oxford.
He was 5th on the school's all-time scoring list and 6th in rebounds. Reed was the 2001 SEC Freshman and Newcomer of the Year. He was key as the Rebels reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
The Boston Celtics selected him in the 2nd Round of the 2004 NBA Draft and he went on to play four seasons in the NBA with Boston and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Current Jackson State head coach Wayne Brent coached Reed at Provine (head coach) and at Ole Miss (assistant coach). He reflected on Reed
Prayers to the family of Jackson native, and former Provine HS, Ole Miss and NBA star, Justin Reed at the time of his death from cancer. pic.twitter.com/WlZwRRplpM— Jackson Police Dept. (@JacksonMSPolice) October 20, 2017
1/3 “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of an all-time Rebel great... https://t.co/5gWS7gbNJx— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) October 20, 2017
2/3 ... J Reed epitomized the qualities of what it means to be an Ole Miss Rebel... https://t.co/5gWS7gbNJx— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) October 20, 2017
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