Roo basketball star Reggie Chamberlain was listed on the Honorable Mention All-Summit League team last week for his impressive performance his senior year.
Chamberlain met his pre-season goals, averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game and ranked No. 7 in the nation with a 47.1 three-point percentage (97 of 206). “I think for me individually I had a good year,” Chamberlain said. “I set some individual goals at the beginning of the year and I achieved just about all of them. My goals were over 40 percent from three, which I was well over; shoot 90 percent from the free throw line, which I was right at 90 percent in Conference play, and just below that mark overall for the season; and most importantly, I wanted to get some kind of post season award.”
Chamberlain humbly accepted these honors, but said the team matters most to him. He considers the Roos’ defense their greatest weakness this season, finishing 10th in the Summit League.
“No team is perfect, so there’s always room to get better,” Chamberlain said. “For our team, our biggest issue was really defense and rebounding.”
The 6’0” guard said he is his own biggest critic. He always looks to improve and strengthen his game.
“I know I can score, so one thing that’s really emphasized is reading the defense better and making the right pass,” Chamberlain said. “Ball handling is another area. There’s always room for ball handling work for any player.”
Chamberlain relished his senior status, but recognizes attitude and hard work are responsible for his recent success.
“I’ve always been a hard worker and I think all my coaches can vouch for that, but knowing that it’s your last year, you work even harder than before,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave any regrets, so I really worked hard in the off season and during the season. Being a senior helped give me a little more leeway. I knew this was my senior season and I was going to have a big role, so I took on the challenge and put in the work to be able to handle that role.”
With big games comes big pressure, but Chamberlain consistently produced plays when the team needed it most.
“I wanted to have that role; I wanted to have the ball at the end of games,” Chamberlain said. “I think with all the work I put in, and the fact I wanted the ball in my hands in crunch time, I think that made it easier for the coaches to trust me and give me more freedom to make plays and score.”
The Raytown native also enjoyed wearing Blue & Gold as a “hometown kid.”
“It really helped my game,” Chamberlain said. “I got to play in front all my friends and family every night, and the nights the games were on TV, I would get calls and messages from people around the city that watched the game. The support was really amazing.”
During unsuccessful nights, Chamberlain still received encouraging calls and messages. Former coaches also provided constructive criticism. “Getting the chance to play in front of my hometown was very special for me,” he said.
After graduation, Chamberlain hopes to play professionally.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of people and agents that are looking to help me with my professional career,” he said. “I love playing basketball and really just competing, so I couldn’t imagine a better job for me than playing basketball and making money for it.”