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Reed Sheppard eyes 2023 superclass

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Reed Sheppard was in their shoes once, these wide-eyed grade schoolers sitting cross-legged on the basketball court at Creekside Elementary.

It wasn’t that long ago. Sheppard still remembers making the rounds at summer camps hosted by his father, former Kentucky basketball great Jeff Sheppard, and admiring the Wildcats who walked him through drills to improve his game.

Two of his favorites were Jarrod Polson and Josh Harrellson. Sheppard said both players would occasionally stay with his family when they worked the summer camp circuit.

“(Harrellson) was always fun to hang around,” Sheppard said Thursday at his first Players First Satellite ProCamp. “He was always picking on me.”

Reed Sheppard of North Laurel High School, middle, addresses a group of children participating in a basketball camp the rising senior hosted Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Creekside Elementary School in Georgetown, Ky.  Sheppard ranks among the top 20 basketball recruits in the Class of 2023 and has committed to following in his parents' footsteps by playing at the University of Kentucky.

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How quickly the roles can change.

It’ll be more than a year before Sheppard takes the court for UK, but the five-star Class of 2023 commit is now the one standing up before a group of campers. Instead of “picking” on them, he preached the importance of being a good teammate and not letting missed shots detract from the joy of playing basketball. Every time the campers completed a drill, they broke down on “Reed!” in unison before moving to the next station.

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