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Barneveld standout motivated to play in mother’s honor

Barneveld standout senior Malcolm Reed doesn’t take a day on the court for granted. He broke his wrist during the first game of the season and missed the next five weeks.

“You know, right away I was pretty upset. I took it pretty hard,” Reed said. “I was right there but had to be here with my team.”

Reed was a missing piece for the Golden Eagles. When he returned to the lineup, the wins started to pile up.

“Malcolm brings something a little different. I see him as a 6’5″ point guard. He’s just a kid that is tough to guard,” said Tyler Sullivan, in his second season as the Barneveld head coach.

Playing through a broken wrist isn’t the only hardship Reed has played through. Two years ago during his sophomore season, moments before Barneveld’s state quarterfinal game in Watertown against Hilbert, Reed’s mother, Jennifer, collapsed at the game. She later died from a brain aneurysm. Reed played in the game that night and for the rest of their post season run.

Reed said, “I could’ve just pushed it all away, but in all honesty, this was the only thing that kept me sane.”

Sullivan added, “It was tough on the whole town, and it speaks to him. He’s such a resilient kid. I could never imagine going through that as a 14- or 15-year old kid.”

Reed and the Golden Eagles capped off that season winning their first ever boys state championship in 2017. Reed’s mother was part of the first ever girls state basketball title at Barneveld in 1995.

Many people may have never touched a basketball again. Instead, Reed uses the game to keep his mind clear and play on.

“It was just a game to me, but as soon as that happened basketball took on a whole nother meaning. I have a lot more motivation going forward,” Reed said with a smile on his face.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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