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March 11, 1986 |
Gaffney, South Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Gaffney (Gaffney, South Carolina)|
|College||High Point (2004–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
Arizona "AZ" Reid III (born March 11, 1986) is an American basketball player. He was the 2006-07 Big South Conference Player of the Year, 2007-08 Preseason Player of the Year, and the 2007-08 Big South Conference Player of the Year.
He is the son of Arizona Reid Jr. and Tressa Smith. AZ has three brothers (Jarron Reid, Tyson Miller and Tyshone Reid) and two sisters (Kesha Smith and Tyshennia Reid). His cousin, Roosevelt Dawkins played basketball at College of Charleston.
Reid came to High Point from Gaffney, South Carolina, where he was a four-year varsity player at Gaffney High School and was featured in numerous basketball magazines, such as SLAM. Notable High School team mates Are NFL Wide Receiver Sidney Rice and college standout Donald Sims Appalachian State University.
A 6'5" power forward for the Panthers, Reid is undersized and relies on his drive to get to the boards over players that have been a half a foot taller than him.
In the 2007-2008 season, he became the first player in Big South history to reach the 1,800 point/900 rebound club. On February 18, 2008, Reid became the all time leader rebound leader in Big South Conference history when he grabbed his third rebound against Coastal Carolina. Days later he joined an elite NCAA club of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a collegiate career. At the close of the 2007-08 basketball season, Reid is only one of fewer than 100 men's players to ever achieve these milestones together.
On February 24, 2007, in High Point's final regular season game, Reid finished with a career-high matching 32 points and a personal best 25 rebounds vs. Virginia Military Institute. The 25 boards set a new Big South Conference single game record, previously held by Charleston Southern’s Tony Fairley (1987) and Coastal Carolina University’s Moses Sonko (earlier that season). It was also an HPU program Division I record. Reid finished the 2006-07 season with a league leading 13 double-doubles.
Arizona led High Point to a school record 22-10 season with his 21.6 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game during the 2006-07 regular season.
He ranked first in the BSC in rebounds and is the second leading scorer, averaging 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. Reid was one of only two players in the nation to average 21 points and 9 rebounds. (The other player was Kevin Durant)
Monday February 26, 2007 Arizona Reid was named the 2006-07 Big South Conference Player if the Year. (He received 21 first-place votes from the panel and 283 total points.)
Reid captured Big South Conference Player of the Year laurels for the second time and became the third student to win the prize in consecutive seasons. He also garnered First Team All-Big South honors for the third straight year and was named Second Team All-District 5 by the NABC and first-team All-State by NCCSIA. The league's career rebounding leader (1,013), Reid became the 97th student in college basketball history and the first Big South performer to reach 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Reid led the conference in rebounds (11.0 rpg.) and ranked second in scoring (23.9 ppg.). He stands sixth nationally in both categories. Reid was a first team All-State selection in 2006-07 as well. Reid finished his career as the Big South's fourth ranked career scorer and he ends his historic HPU career with 2,069 points. He was also the first Conference performer to average over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
AZ Reid was invited to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.), he led his team K&D Round's Landscaping to a 3rd place finish.
On May 3, 2008 Arizona Reid graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management.
On August 24, 2008, Reid signed a contract to play professional basketball in Italy with Pallacanestro Varese without playing any games.
On December 2008, he signed a contract to play in Switzerland with Geneva Devils.
On August 2009, he signed a contract to play in Finland with Korihait.
On August 10, 2010, it was announced Reid had signed to play for the Cairns Taipans in Australia for the 2010/11 season.
On September 24, 2010, he signed a contract to play professional basketball in Lebanon with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut playing 6 matches.
At the end of 2010 he returned to Switzerland to play the rest of the season with BBC Monthey.
Reid joined the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association, the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia, as an import for the 2011 Governors Cup. He was awarded as the best import of the conference though Rain or Shine did not make the finals.
In 2012 he returned to Switzerland to play for Benetton Fribourg Olympic.
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- "High Point picked as kings of Big South". Sporting News. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2010-04-02.