Tarris Reed isn’t afraid to sugarcoat it — the transition from high school to college is arduous, even for a high four-star recruit.
“The first few weeks, they’ve been pretty hard, not gonna lie,” Reed, a 6-foot-10 center, said on the “Defend the Block” podcast. “I see myself getting acclimated. … But it’s been hard.”
The transition brings challenges for any college student, and those obstacles are only amplified for a Division I athlete. Reed’s schedule is jam-packed, bogged down with practice, class and lifting sessions, with no breaks in between. It’s something that he’s just feeling comfortable with now, a few weeks in.
Reed credited his time last season at Link Academy for shaping certain time-management habits that have made the process easier.
“There were so many days (at Link) that I wanted to quit, questioning if basketball is really worth it,” Reed said. “Looking back, that made me a better man, a better player. Coming in here, I knew what to expect, knew some of the drills, knew how it’s gonna be. I just have to stay the course and do what I do.”