The Landover, MD native is a senior majoring in Health Education. Reggie’s goals for the future include pursuing playing basketball overseas, coaching basketball and ultimately pursuing a career in the health education field.
Reggie initially intended to leave the Washington, DC area to attend college. Although his high school team (Charles H. Flowers) ended up first in the conference his senior year, Reggie, who has been playing basketball since the age of five, lost interest in playing basketball. Given the success of his high school team, Reggie was the only one among his senior class who did not receive an offer to play on the collegiate level. Realizing the importance of establishing back up goals, he ended up enrolling at the University of the District of Columbia. Luckily for the Firebirds, Reggie watched one of then-head coach, Jeff Ruland’s team practices and quickly realized his “itch” for basketball returned. Reggie tried out for the Firebird team and the rest is history. Although he found that it is not easy to stay at home and play basketball, he found a way to stay away from bad influences and began to focus on academics and athletics. Reggie is extremely pleased with his decision to attend UDC, saying: “The University has made great improvements and really progressed during my time here. I learned to pay attention to my environment and handle my business.”
Dr. Harrison and Dr. Stewart have greatly influenced Reggie. “Dr. Harrison wants students to learn. She pushed me to work through assignments,” he said. “Dr. Stewart refers to me as “big boy.” He also pushed me, and we have had great conversations not only about subject matter, but about life.”
Reggie enjoys playing video games, watching NBA games and his favorite football team, the Redskins. Also, “being with family is most important,” he said. Reggie has a younger brother he adores and says he is proud of. In terms of food, Reggie especially loves baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, vegetables (especially broccoli and spinach), and he says he loves fruit. “When I was younger, I was always in the kitchen watching my mother. I’m a breakfast guy… I can really whip it up!” Reggie enjoys hip hop music as well.
In preparing for his senior year, Reggie worked on focusing on basketball. Living on campus and not having to commute and work has made a difference for him as well. As one of the team captains, it is important to Reggie that he lead by example. His game day approach is to focus on what he needs to do. “I always eat fruit before a game” he stated. “I make sure I stretch really well, work on shooting, and make sure my teammates are prepared. We need everyone ready to play.” Understanding the scouting report is important to Reggie. “I try to make sure I play well and the collective unit plays well. It is important to balance the ego. Basketball is a team game. Team sports really prepare one for life,” he explained.
Reggie offers the following advice to students: “Make sure you are grateful for everything. Keep yourself around good influences. Focus on goals and the task at hand. Know that whatever goal you have is achievable by applying yourself.”
Coach Mike Riley on Reggie
"Reggie walked on to the basketball team three years ago and has developed into one of the best three- point shooters in the East Coast Conference. He received a 4.0 in the fall semester, and he is one of the captains and most trusted players on the team. I take great pride in knowing that Reggie will graduate and has been a model student-athlete here at the University of the District of Columbia."