Rio Grande men's basketball adds Reagan
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande men’s basketball head coach Ken French has announced the signing of Cuyahoga Community College transfer Josh Reagan for the 2013-14 season.
Reagan, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound power forward, averaged 25 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Challengers this year. He ranked third nationally in scoring and sixth in rebounding among all NJCAA Division II teams.
Prior to playing at CCC, commonly referred to as Tri-C, the Lakewood High School graduate spent one season at Delaware Technical Community College, where he averaged 19.1 points and 12.2 rebounds for a team that reached the NJCAA national tournament.
He will be reunited at Rio Grande with former Delaware Tech teammate Gabe Davila.
“It’s definitely a humbling experience to move on to the university level and continue to play basketball, especially with Gabe coming here, too – that made the decision a lot easier,” Reagan said. “Plus, it’s not that far away from home, so my family and friends can come down and watch me play.”
Reagan’s 2012-13 season at Tri-C also included a 41-point performance in a loss at Erie Community College. He finished the season shooting 63.4 percent from the field overall, 51.7 percent from three-point range and 71.5 percent from the free throw line – numbers that make it hard to believe that he’s still relatively new to the sport.
“I didn’t get into the basketball thing early like everybody else. I only played my senior year in high school and the two years of JUCO, so I’m still learning things,” Reagan said. “If you had told me back in high school that I’d have the opportunity to sign here, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you. It all worked out, though.”
French is excited about the skill-set that Reagan brings to the table.
“Josh can put the ball in the basket and he also knows the game,” he said. “He moves well for a big guy. He’s a stretch (power forward), but he also has the body type where he can post up and bang. He doesn’t have to score to have an impact on the game, but he certainly can score. He’s a great get for us and there’s no doubt that he’s going to make us better in a lot of ways.”
Reagan chose to sign with the RedStorm after also garnering interest from a number of other schools, including the University of Pikeville – like Rio Grande, a member of the Mid-South Conference – as well as Indiana University-Pennsylvania, California (Pa.) and Paine (Ga.) College.
“Ultimately, the best feeling for me was here at Rio,” said Reagan, who will major in Business. “The coaches came to watch me play last season and, after getting a chance to meet them, I had a good feeling about it. Once I made a visit, met with the team and played with them a little bit, I really liked it. Having Gabe here, too, was just a plus.”
French added that he expects Reagan to fill a void that has plagued the Rio Grande roster in recent seasons.
“Josh is the kind of guy who can help balance us. We haven’t had a legitimate, solid, all-around (power forward) since, maybe, Brandon Ivery, but he gives us that,” said French. “When we’ve been good, we’ve had a good four man. He’s gives us the opportunity to move in that direction.”
Reagan is well-aware that his impressive offensive figures at the JUCO level will be put to the test by the opposition that awaits in the MSC, but added that the challenge is something that he embraces.
“Hopefully, I’m going to bring a presence in the post and the ability to stretch the floor a little bit,” he said. “I like the challenge of going against good competition and seeing where I’m at, especially given the fact that I’m new to this level. It’s something I welcome.”
Unlike the signing of an incoming freshman out of high school who has the chance to develop and contribute over time, French is banking on Reagan – and Davila – being smack in the middle of things right away.
“They need to be. When you bring a transfer or a junior college kid in who you’re going to invest in like this, you need to have some immediate impact,” French said. “We play a lot of people and we’re trying to get some depth in our classes. Josh gives us an older player at the four, but we still need to get a younger guy there. The bottom line is that we’re trying to get high-character guys with high basketball I.Q. I think we got that in both guys.”
Reagan, who will have two years of eligibility, said he’s excited to join the program and already has goals – both immediate and long-term – in mind.
“Coming in as a junior, I’d like to think I could take a leadership role and help the team win the conference,” Reagan said. “Ultimately, I’d like to help the team win the conference and a national championship. Short of that, I just want to make the team better and improve every year and, maybe, see if an opportunity to play overseas after I’m done here comes along.”
Reagan is the son of Bill and Gina Reagan of Lakewood, Ohio.