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Antonio Reeves Scores 27 In Homecoming vs. Illinois State

In Kentucky's 96-70 win over Illinois State, former Redbird Antonio Reeves had himself (another) game.

The 6th-year senior showed off another quiet scoring game in which he totaled 27 points while shooting 10 of 15 from the field and hitting 4 of 8 from the three-point line. After the game, media caught up with head coach of the Redbirds Ryan Pedon to his teams' performance in Rupp Arena in which he was then approached with a question on the brief relationship he had built with Antonio Reeves before entering the transfer portal back in March of 2022.

Pedon, the former Butler and Ohio State assistant coach, went on to mention that while the conversation was brief after trying to save him at the beginning of his journey with the Redbirds, Reeves went on to Kentucky and drastically showed signs of improvement. In Reeves' last season as a Redbird, he averaged 20.1 points per game and roughly 39% from the three. Today, the coach gave Antonio Reeves his props. “When I got there Antonio (Reeves) was already on his way into the portal, so I only had a few conversations with him. I will say this, I was very impressed with him as a young man after having sat down and had a few conversations with him. It was pretty obvious to me that he was going to move on, and he was respectful so I have no ill will but the opposite of that actually, I love the way he carries himself and he plays the right way." Besides the way Reeves carries himself, the Coach Pedon also had words for the growth of his game. "I have seen real growth in his game from last year to this year. I think he is a gifted scorer and I think he is playing his role well here for this team.”

After catching up with Reeves postgame, the guard was quick to let media members know his love for his former team. "Yeah, it meant everything to play on the floor with them. I have been here for two years but, yeah it was awesome. It is a great feeling." Following that comment, Antonio Reeves went on to credit Illinois State for building confidence with his floater. With the evolution of Reeves' floater, the Chicago native also admitted he developed the trait at a young age and spreading the court with shooters allows him to get space to the rim in order to further utilize that part of his game.

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