Jen Reese is a physical power forward who can post up against bigger players as well as knock down the outside shot. Although an injury prematurely ended her freshman season, the foundation has been set for her to be an impact player over the next three years.
2011-12 (Freshman): Reese ranked second on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.8 ppg) as a first year Buffalo. She led all Pac-12 freshmen in rebounding by average and earned honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team voted on by league coaches. Reese played in 25 games and moved into the starting lineup for nine straight before suffering a broken orbital bone underneath her left eye while attempting to take a charge in the opening minutes of the game at No. 2 Stanford (2/23). She had come into her own, leading Colorado in rebounding (or sharing the lead) in six of the last nine games prior to her injury. Reese grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds against UCLA (1/29), the third highest total by a CU player this season. She made her first career start at Arizona, responding with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Logged her first career double-double with 12 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, and 12 rebounds in the win at Washington State (1/7). She had 11 games with seven or more rebounds, including four in double-digits. Reese was named to the UTSA Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 12.5 points over the two games while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15). She had a career-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting -- including her lone 3-pointer made-- in the win over Creighton (12/21). She made her collegiate debut against Northern Arizona scoring eight points on 3-of-6 from the field while grabbing three steals. Reese had 11 games of shooting 50 percent or better, finishing her season at 44.9 percent, which would have ranked among the top 12 in the Pac-12, but fell just short of the minimum number of games played to be ranked in the league leaderboard.
HIGH SCHOOL: Reese is a 2011 graduate of Clackamas (Ore.) High School. A 2011 Parade Magazine All-American, Reese averaged 25 points, 20 rebounds, six assists and five blocks as a senior guiding the Cavaliers to a 27-2 record and a second place state finish, the program’s best ever state placing. She became the first player to be named Oregon’s Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year on two occasions (2010, ’11). Reese led the Three Rivers League in scoring as a senior, helping Clackamas to an undefeated (15-0) conference championship season, and a 25-game win streak along the way. She is a three-time Class 6A first team all-state selection and Three Rivers MVP and a four-time first team all-league selection. A 2011 McDonald’s All-American nominee, Reese was the MVP of the state of Oregon and the school’s Athlete of the Year. She was Oregon’s second leading scorer her junior year (21 ppg) and its third leading scorer her sophomore year (20 ppg). As a freshman, Reese earned second-team all-state honors, averaging 12 points and five rebounds. Reese’s teams compiled an overall four-year record of 70-17. She earned a spot in the CHS Hall of Fame before graduation. Reese played club ball with Team Concept from seventh through 12th grades, traveling all over the greater west. Her team took first place in tournaments in Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle and Memphis.
ACADEMICS: Reese is majoring in communications at Colorado.
PERSONAL: Jen “J” Reese was born on May 19, 1992, in Portland, Ore. She is the daughter of Jeff and Ashley Reese of Happy Valley, Ore. She has one younger brother David, a junior in high school. When she’s not playing basketball she enjoys driving her Mustang and hanging out with friends. After graduation she hopes to continue playing in the WNBA or overseas.