On Monday, Nov. 14, Reese could finally breathe easily, knowing the ordeal, some of it unpleasant, was behind her. The senior guard put pen to paper and signed a letter of intent to play basketball and continue her education at Division 1 Manhattan College.
"I'm really happy," Reese, whose signing ceremony was at the Boys & Girls Club of Pequannock. "I'm mostly happy I took the time and waited. The first offer I had came sophomore year. I didn't do it right away. In September and October, people pressured me about it but I wanted to make sure."
Reese, who will play for former Morris Catholic High School coach John Olenowski, is certain she made the correct decision because she devoted a good deal and time of effort. She went to practices. She got to the know the coaches and players.
"I'm going to be spending lots of time with them," she said. "It's important that I feel that I fit in and that I like the school and everything about it."
Through it all, Reese said she actually grew and matured.
"When coaches kept asking me to commit, I put them off. I told them 'If you like me now, I hope you'll like me in more than a week,'" Reese recalled. "I was honest and up front and I wanted them to be the same."
In Reese, Olenowski gets a backcourt standout. Reese averaged 15.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a junior. She became the seventh girls player to attain 1,000 points and the first to accomplish the feat as a junior. She reached the milestone with a 3-pointer in a game against Pingry last February.