MANHATTAN — Power forward Willie Reed hopes to transfer from St. Louis University to Kansas State this season after receiving a release from his scholarship with the Billikens last week.
Reed quickly turned to the Wildcats. His high school coach at Bishop Miege, Rick Zych, said Reed has applied to K-State and is awaiting word from the university.
"The ball is in K-State's court," Zych said.
Questions remain, however. When Reed requested his release from St. Louis, he was not enrolled at the school and was serving a semester-long suspension from the basketball team due to allegations of sexual assault made by a fellow student against him and a teammate in May.
The St. Louis circuit attorney's office decided not to file chargers, Ed Postawko, the chief warrants officer for the circuit attorney's office, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last Tuesday that while no charges have been filed, the office's sex crimes unit was still reviewing the case and that it has been classified as "taken under advisement."
"Because of the serious nature of charges like this, we like to be thorough and not rush anything," Postawko said.
Reed has denied any wrongdoing and his father, Willie Reed Sr., is planning a lawsuit against his son's former school.
"I couldn't tell you about the status of his transfer or whether he will get a scholarship," Zych said. "But I know there is interest on both sides. He's just waiting to find out what K-State will do."
Reed, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound junior, will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out a year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
As a sophomore, he was a key starter for St. Louis, and averaged 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
As a junior at Bishop Miege, Reed averaged 17 points as his team went 22-6. He briefly enrolled at Milestone Christian Academy to begin his senior year, but transferred back to Bishop Miege and graduated there. Due to transfer regulations, he was not eligible to play his senior season.