Brad Reese still aiming high

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 05:34 PM.

"Hopefully I can return by the end of the season. If not, I'll just get ready for next season and go back in August. The ultimate goal is to get back as soon as possible, but I'll be ready for next season."

Having never suffered a serious injury before, the rehab routine has given Reese another look at life and the game he loves.

"The hardest thing is just dealing with it (the injury) and being out of basketball and just watching," he said. "You don't know what to do because all you know is basketball, so that's been my hardest thing."

If Reese starts to feel sorry for himself, all he has to do is look to his brother, Jeff, who had a career-ending heart attack while playing college basketball for Arkansas Tech last February.

"It's tough because I know he loves to play basketball like I do," Reese said. "For him, not to be able to play the game because of heart problems is tough ... and the family, too, because that's all he's been doing since he was a little kid. For me, it's tough to see him like this without basketball.

"I just told him that life is bigger than basketball. You are going to have to be a father to your kids and all that. Stuff is going to come along and you have to try and make the most of your life that you have now because tomorrow is not promised, so keep living like today is the day."

While at home, Reese caught up with some of his former Laurel Hill teachers. He also spent time with his sister, Grace, an eighth-grader on the Laurel Hill girls basketball team, who might just be the next Reese to make a name for herself.

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