Arizona Reid

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Arizona Reid
Leuven Bears
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Belgian League
Personal information
Born (1986-03-11) March 11, 1986 (age 31)
Gaffney, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Gaffney (Gaffney, South Carolina)
College High Point (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Geneva Devils
2009–2010 Korihait
2010 Cairns Taipans
2010 Al-Riyadi Beirut
2010–2011 BBC Monthey
2011 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2011–2012 Mitteldeutscher BC
2012–2013 Fribourg Olympic
2013 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2013 Cherkaski Mavpy
2013–2014 Al-Nahda Al-Kohbar
2014 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2014–2015 Verviers-Pepinster
2015 San Miguel Beermen
2015–2016 Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas / Pilipinas MX3 Kings
2016 San Miguel Beermen
2016 BC Urartu
2016–2017 ESSM Le Portel
2017–present Leuven Bears
Career highlights and awards

Arizona "AZ" Reid III (born March 11, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for Leuven Bears of the Belgian League. 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.[1][2]


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 teammates 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.)

Senior year[edit]

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 Reid graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management.

Professional career[edit]

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.[3] However, a month later, he was sacked by the Taipans after he was charged with drink-driving.[4]

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 even though Rain or Shine did not make the finals.

In 2012, he returned to Switzerland to play for Benetton Fribourg Olympic.

In 2014, he returned to the PBA and he was awarded as the Bobby Parks Best Import of the Conference. He lift the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the finals.

On July 9, 2014, he signed with VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster of Belgium for the 2014–15 season.[5] In February 2015, he left Pepinster and signed with San Miguel Beermen of Philippines.[6]

On July 17, 2015, Reid finally got his first PBA Championship trophy (as a Beermen) after 4 years playing in the PBA. He helped the Beermen win via a 4-0 sweep against the Alaska Aces in the 2015 Governor's Cup Finals. It was San Miguel's second crown of the 2015 season and 21st in total franchise history.

In October 2015, Reid officially joined Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas (now the Pilipinas MX3 Kings) as an import in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) which is set to start on Oct. 27, 2015. On February 2016, he was replaced by Will Creekmore.

On April 2016, Reid returned to San Miguel as the team's import, replacing Tyler Wilkerson. He played only one game for the team in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup: a 99–124 loss against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals, which ended his team's conference. However, Reid would return to the team for the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup as the team's import once again.

On November 7, 2017, Reid signed with Leuven Bears.[7]

PBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of July 17, 2015 [8]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

2010–11 Rain or Shine 12 39.6 .468 .259 .667 15.4 4.2 1.0 0.5 28.7
2012–13 Rain or Shine 14 37.8 .479 .250 .655 14.0 4.1 0.7 0.5 30.4
2013–14 Rain or Shine 20 38.1 .462 .342 .748 12.6 3.8 1.3 0.6 29.1
2014–15 San Miguel 28 42.0 .445 .326 .650 9.9 5.0 1.5 0.4 29.6
Career 74 39.7 .460 .311 .683 12.3 4.4 1.2 0.5 29.5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boynton, Eric (2008-03-26). "Gaffney's 2004 champs weren't afraid to stand out in a crowd". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  2. ^ "High Point picked as kings of Big South". Sporting News. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  3. ^ Taipans raising the bar with Arizona
  4. ^ Taipans sack US import–they should develop locals
  5. ^ "Arizona Reid, premier transfuge US". July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Arizona Reid (ex Verviers-Pep.) joins San Miguel Beermen". February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Leuven Bears sign Arizona Reid". November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ Player Profile at PBA-Online!

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