This is the latest in a series of features on the 2010 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor inductees.
FAYETTEVILLE – A four-year letterwinner from 1978-81, U.S. Reed is one of the most recognized names in University of Arkansas men’s basketball history not just for his scoring prowess but also for sinking one of the most improbable shots in Arkansas and NCAA Tournament history.
On March 14, 1981 in Austin, Texas, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, Reed launched a shot from an estimated 49 feet with just one second on the clock and buried the hopes of Louisville along with the basket to give the No. 20 Razorbacks a 74-73 upset of the No. 12 Cardinals. His 19 points in the game were instrumental in the victory as he also dished six assists, made three steals and grabbed six rebounds. The Razorbacks would finish the year ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press poll. Reed’s shot against Louisville was viewed by a new audience last year when Sports Illustrated named it the second-most historic event in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
With Reed playing a prominent role as a sophomore in 1979, the Razorbacks finished the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press and No. 6 in the UPI polls and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final (Elite Eight).
Reed’s 1981 season was his most productive on the court as he scored a career best 416 points and grabbed 131 rebounds. During the season he became the 11th Razorback to score 1,000 points in a season and ended the year No. 7 on the Arkansas career scoring list with 1,260 points. He ranked No. 2 on Arkansas’ roster in scoring in each of his final three seasons and was a member of the 1978 NCAA Final Four team with the triplets (Ron Brewer, Sidney Moncrief and Marvin Delph), four NCAA Tournament teams, three Southwest Conference Championships and a Southwest Conference Tournament Championship. During his four-year career, Arkansas posted a record of 102-25 (.803).
Following his tremendous Razorback career, Reed was selected in the fifth round, 104th overall, of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Kansas City (now Sacramento) Kings. He would play one season of professional basketball with the Montana Golden Nuggets of the Continental Basketball Association before an injury ended his playing career.
UA Sports Hall of Honor members are selected by a vote of former letterwinners in conjunction with the A Club. The official induction is Friday, Sept. 3, at the Springdale Convention Center. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.