Stephanie Reid is heading home to Australia to begin her professional career.
The scrappy Reid, who was the heart and soul of the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team’s run to the Sweet 16, has signed with the Frankston Blues of the South East Australian Basketball League.
Reid said she reports May 27 and is expected to make her pro debut June 1.
“I was looking for the opportunity to go home and play in front of my friends and family over this summer period,” she said Wednesday. “Frankston is only 10 minutes from my home in Australia.”
Reid and the Blues organization are familiar with each other. Reid played for the organization during her junior career from the age of 10 to 18 before she arrived at UB. The Blues sponsor more than 45 junior teams as well as four senior-level teams. Reid will play for the highest level women’s team.
Reid graduates from UB this week and leaves the program as the record-holder for career assists and has recorded a program-record 15 double-digit assist games. She is the first UB player, and one of just three current NCAA players, to notch more than 1,100 points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds and 200 steals. And she's did all that in just 3 1/2 years after coming to Buffalo for the second semester of the 2014-15 season.
Reid not only evolved as a player, but as a leader, gaining a deeper understanding of her role as a point guard and how to work with her teammates.
"I grew up as a point guard and I've always known that point guards have to lead on the court but never like this," Reid said during the NCAA Tournament. "I've really stepped into that role and I've learned to embrace it. Coach has stressed it to me a lot. She's put a lot of responsibility on me to the point that sometimes it's difficult. But she's put me in a position now where I can go on the court with any five people and lead that group."
She leaves with the program coming off its greatest success.
"I think that it sets a foundation for our program's expectations now and gives us a standard that we want to achieve from here on out," she said Wednesday. "Now we have been so successful and seen what we can achieve it just sets a expectation for the team for years moving forward."
News Sports Reporter Amy Moritz contributed to this report.