Latavia Coleman consistently told her team that if any player wanted to do extra workouts, she was always available.
The open invitation given out by Coleman, the girls basketball coach of Howard High School in Georgia, was always there, but only one player consistently put in the extra time.
That player was Brittany Reeves.
“Whether it was during school hours or after hours…she was the only one,” said Coleman.
The work ethic that Reeves possessed in her high-school career, Coleman said, first enabled her to play college basketball at Independence Community College. She dominated for the Lady Pirates, averaging 19.5 points and 15.3 rebounds per game last year, earning her an opportunity at the Division I level – at Oklahoma State.
“I knew she was going to be a special, special player because she put in the work,” Coleman said.
"We are excited to add Brittany and her skill set to our front line,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “She brings another proven scorer and rebounder to our program.”
all glory to God🙏🏾1000% committed pic.twitter.com/gAMz5pKsQK— Britt🥵 (@brittreeves_) April 8, 2020
Reeves will add another formidable post presence for the Cowgirls. The 6-foot-5 center from Macon, Georgia, has been known to fill up the stat sheet. In a Jan. 4 game against Garden City, Reeves had a 42-point, 25-rebound performance.
Reeves was named a second-team NJCAA All-American at Independence. She finished second nationally in rebounds per game, while ranking in the top 20 nationally in scoring.
The skill that Reeves displayed in the post during her time at Independence could mean a formidable pairing with Cowgirl center Natasha Mack.
“That should be a good dynamic duo,” said Coleman.
Oklahoma State will be without the services of 6-foot-5 center Mariam Gnanou after her senior year was cut short due to injury. Reeves could help to fill that void.
“With her strength, she has the ability to finish in traffic and she can also step out to 15 feet and stretch the defense," Littell said.
“Brittany works hard. She is a very skilled player,” said Coleman.
Reeves must make the transition from a junior college to the Big 12, one of the top conferences in the country.
Coleman is excited to see Reeves take the court and compete at the highest collegiate level.
“She is a hard worker,” said Coleman, “I have no doubt that she is going to do what she needs to do.”