Lakeside athletes sign college scholarships

Two Lakeside High School senior basketball players signed college scholarships on May 18. Guard Sebastian Reed committed to play college basketball for Webster University, and forward DavidDJJones will continue his education and basketball career at Carlow University.

Reed finished his senior season at Lakeside ranked in DeKalb’s top five for points per game in 2023. He averaged 17.6 points per game as one of just seven DeKalb County School District (DCSD) boys basketball players to average more than 15 points per game during the 2022-23 season. Reed was also top 10 in DeKalb for rebounds, averaging 8.2 per game as a senior. He had six games with 20 or more points scored and eight double doubles (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds) as a senior.

“It’s really close to the city of St. Louis. I wanted to go to college close to a city. The program they have for my major, exercise science, was the best out of the options that I had, and they have a study abroad program as well which interests me,” said Reed. “The coaches were great when I met them, and it drew me to want to be under their wing.”

Webster is led by head coach Chris Bunch, who has been at the school for 21 years. He has led the men’s basketball program to eight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) championships, including back-to-back league titles in 2018-19 and 2019-20. He has also been chosen the SLIAC Coach of the Year six times.

Reed said Bunch’s leadership was a deciding factor in his commitment and when setting his goals for college and added that his experience from Lakeside helped him get there.

“My goal is to have the best college experience I can have. Win basketball games, get an education and experience new things I haven’t before,” said Reed. “Lakeside basketball is really what got me here. I had a great senior season this year and that led to college coaches reaching out and recruiting me. Webster being one of them.”

Lakeside senior forward DavidDJJones joined Reed in signing a college scholarship. Jones will continue his education and basketball career at Carlow University.

Jones was top 25 in rebounding and top 15 in blocks among DCSD athletes as a senior. His five blocks against North Atlanta was top 10 in DCSD for single game blocks this season.

Reed said he hopes that seeing the Lakeside seniors signing scholarships motivates the younger classes at Lakeside.

“Keep going. The work will show eventually. If you set your mind on something, the results will show for sure. Don’t let others tell you anything different. Just stay on the path that you’re on,” said Reed. “Always have mentors or leaders around you. Especially ones that want to see you succeed. It’ll help shape you and will have a great impact on others once you become a leader yourself.”

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