PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Spend any time with RA Long basketball player Eastyn Reeves and it’s clear she’s a student of the game.
The 5-foot-3 junior is one of the top scorers in the Greater St. Helens League this past season despite her small frame. Like all great players, Reeves says she’s constantly finding ways to use that to her advantage.
“I just think that’s fun because I have to work so much harder than people that are maybe like 6-foot,” Reeves said. “And I’ve had to find little ways, like a floater or step back, just to get my shot off. There’s a lot of little tricks I have to put in there because I am so short.”
But there’s more to the game than scoring.
“Defense — my tenacity is crazy,” Reeves said. “I love defense and not a lot of people are like that, so that’s what makes me special or different than others.”
The Lumberjacks won just 5 of their 17 games this season and as team captain, Reeves is committed to helping her team improve for next year.
“Holding people accountable — making sure they show up to practice. Holding people accountable during games too — making sure they’re working their hardest,” Reeves said .”Even in practice, making sure we’re pushing each other so we can get better and apply that to the game.”
Off the court, Reeves is just as committed to getting good grades and finding a college that fits her career goals and her love of the game.
“Doing my homework in the car, studying for my hard classes — that’s just what you have to do to be a student athlete,” Reeves said.