Former Frankston junior Steph Reid will make her long-waited return home to play the remainder of the 2018 SEABL season with the ‘Laser Electrical – Carrum Downs’ Blues.
The 5’6 point guard graduated from Buffalo as one of the all-time school greats after leading her school to two consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and capping her collegiate career with a trip to the Sweet 16 and a host of records to go with it.
In returning home to play for the Blues, Reid brings much-needed play making capability, defense and scoring punch after a stellar collegiate career.
“I had an amazing experience at Buffalo and the last four years really grew me as a player and a person,” said Reid following her signing with the Blues. “My senior year was unforgettable, having the opportunity to be a part of one of the best sixteen teams in the country and make history was something I’ll always remember.”
Reid was nothing short of sensational throughout her four years with the Bulls, earning selection to the MAC All-Defensive team for a third straight year and All-MAC Second Team as a senior. She averaged a career-high 12.1 points and 6.8 assists per game last season, with the latter good for 8th best across all of the NCAA on her way to being named The Pick and Roll’s Defensive Player of the Year.
On the biggest stage is where Reid excelled. The Frankston product added 19 points against South Florida and 18 versus Florida State in Buffalo’s NCAA Tournament wins, once again demonstrating her ability to step up in big games, having already written herself into Buffalo folklore in 2016 with an overtime buzzer-beater to win the program’s first MAC Tournament Championship.
After such a decorated college career in the US, Reid advised that she was looking forward to coming home.
“I can’t wait to play in front of the people who supported me while I was away,” said Reid.”I am really excited to finally be able to play in front of my family again and come back to where everything started for me.
“I grew up at Frankston Basketball stadium since I was a toddler watching my parents play, and now having the opportunity to come back and continue playing for them after all the years I played there, it is so special for me and I can’t wait to be able to play in front of those who missed watching me play the last four years.”
With the Blues battling their way through the first 8 rounds with just a solitary win after late arrivals and sustaining injuries to key players, Reid is expected to join the team for their Round 9 home clash with Geelong. The point guard is hoping her experience and leadership can help turn around the side’s fortunes.
“I think I will just bring more experience to the team and hopefully being a point guard I can help lead the team to multiple wins by the end of the season,” added Reid.
“Coming from America and a side with a winning culture is something I got used to, and that’s something I want to bring to Frankston as well. Simon [Mitchell] has put a great team together packed with lots of talent, and I’ve been watching the team play on YouTube as much as I can. I can’t wait to play with the line-up he’s created and see what we can do for the second half of the season.”
While Reid’s immediate focus was on playing with Frankston in the SEABL, she indicated she was also hoping to play in the WNBL next season.
“I would love to play in the WNBL,” Reid explained. “Currently I am just evaluating my options and waiting to come home so I can make the decisions with my family. I missed playing in front of my family while I was in college so I intend to stay in Australia and play in the WNBL if that is possible.”
Given Reid’s success at Buffalo, it is hard not to see her making a positive impact with the Blues and signing a deal with the WNBL team soon.