OMAHA, Neb. — Former Omaha men’s basketball player Randy Reed II has signed a contract to play professionally for Jeunesse Sportive d’El Menzah in Tunisia, it was announced Thursday. JS El Menzah plays in the top tier of Ligue 1, Tunisia’s first professional basketball league, and is located in Tunis, the capital city located on the country’s northeast coast.
Reed, a guard/forward from St. Louis, Mo., was a two-year letterwinner in the Omaha program from 2014 to 2016. He averaged 5.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, including 6.1 points and 3.1 boards per contest in his senior season. A career 54 percent shooter from the field, Reed had nine double-figure scoring performances, including a career-high 21 points in the regular-season finale vs. Oral Roberts last year.
Off the court, Reed was a member of the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and the NABC Honors Court.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my pro career,” Reed said. “I’ve put in a lot of hours preparing for this chance, and I’m glad that work has paid off. I’m excited to learn about the culture in Tunisia, just like we did as a team when we toured Italy last season. Experiencing new places overseas is an incredible opportunity, and this is a blessing both personally and professionally.”
Reed will travel to North Africa to join JS El Menzah in early October. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in general studies from UNO in May 2016.
“We’re thrilled that Randy has earned an opportunity to begin his professional career in Tunisia,” head coach Derrin Hansen said. “He is a high-energy player, and he will no doubt be an asset to his professional team. After everything he contributed to our program the last two seasons, it’s exciting to see him pursue professional basketball, and we look forward to seeing what he can accomplish this season.”