Rising Arizona

By - October 11, 2006

One of the most prominent challengers to Winthrop's supremacy in the Big South is High Point, the tiny North Carolina school (enrollment: 3,100) tabbed for third place by the pollsters.

Leading the way for the Panthers is rising junior Arizona Reid, a 6-foot-5 swingman who averaged 18.3 points and 8.9 boards on his way to first-team All-Big South honors as a sophomore. The Gaffney, S.C., native's 10 double-doubles ranked tops among league players and his 29-point, 16-rebound performance against Kentucky at Rupp Arena garnered national headlines.

High Point coach Bart Lundy called Reid's ongoing development "tremendous" and lauded his star player's infectious work ethic.

"He made huge strides last year. People will see as big or a bigger jump from last year -- maybe not necessarily with the numbers but with the quality of basketball that he plays," said the fourth-year coach of the Panthers. "The little things that he’s improved on: his ball skills and his understanding of the game, which has really improved."

Posted by at 02:09 PM on October 11, 2006

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