MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Kareem Storey and Billy Reader, who played together in 2012-13 at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), have signed National Letters of Intent with the Morehead State men’s basketball program. Both players have two seasons of college eligibility remaining.
“I’m really excited about Kareem and Billy,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “They are both talented basketball players who will help in our pursuit of an Ohio Valley Conference championship.”
Storey, a 5-foot-10 point guard, started his college career at Pac-12 Conference member Utah. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 31 games for the Utes in 2011-12.
Storey spent his sophomore year at CSI. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 boards in 30 contests for the Golden Eagles, who are a National Junior College Athletic Association program.
“Kareem should have an impact on our program right away,” Woods said. “He played at a very high level as a freshman and was as good as any junior college point guard in the country last year.”
A native of Baltimore, Storey averaged 12.5 points and 9.0 assists as a senior at Princeton Day High School. He guided his team to a fifth-place finish in the national prep standings that year.
“Kareem can do whatever you need him to do, whether that’s offensively or defensively,” Woods said. “He’s a big-time playmaker offensively and will put lots of pressure on our opponents defensively.”
Storey was also being recruited by Fordham and Seton Hall.
Reader, a 6-foot-9 post player, began his college career at Big Sky Conference member Montana. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12.
Montana finished that year 25-7 overall, 16-2 at home and 15-1 in league play. The Grizzlies won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in school history.
Reader also spent his sophomore campaign at CSI. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots in 32 affairs for the Golden Eagles, who finished 20-12 overall and 14-3 at home.
“Billy is a skilled post player who has the ability to make a difference for us,” Woods said. “He and (senior) Chad (Posthumus) should give us one of the bigger and better front lines in the conference.”
A graduate of Lake Oswego High School, Reader helped his 2009 prep team to a 21-4 overall record and fourth-place finish in the Oregon High School Athletic Association State Tournament.
“Billy has been in winning environments throughout his basketball career,” Woods said. “He knows what it’s like to be a Division I conference champion – and that’s our goal at Morehead State.”
Reader was also being recruited by Iona, Iowa State, Nebraska, Portland and San Francisco.
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