Brandon Reese: From Walk-On To Scholarship Player To Your Hearts

Thank God for Nancy, otherwise Brandon might be low man on the totem pole here.

We know that now-former Syracuse Orange basketball player Brandon Reese isn't one to shy away from the limelight. The fan favorite recently got a profile piece on his local Fox affiliate to talk about how this Florida kid ended up walking on at Syracuse and earning a scholarship for his final three years.

"Back in high school one of my teammates Brandon Knight was highly recruited by a lot of colleges and that attention rubbed off on me," Reese recalls. "Every time Coach Fine came down to Florida I had a really good game and it caused tension. So by the end of my senior year he offered me the chance to come up here as a recruited walk-on and be on the team, just no scholarship, and [said I] could possibly earn one in the future."

Reese also talks about how the craziness of the 2011-2012 season galvanized the squad to work even harder, even the guys on the bench:

"All this pressure's on you. You're already expected to do such great things. And now you have the spotlight on you for such negative things and it just only makes you want to focus and work harder..."

Reese also said he's going to sign with an agent and try to carve out a pro career overseas.

We'll miss Reese around these parts. Hopefully we'll get more awkward local TV interviews from him in the future...

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