There’s a difference between a shooter and a scorer.
Antonio Reeves is a scorer.
To be sure, Kentucky’s 6-foot-5 senior wing can shoot. Last year at Illinois State, the Chicago native made 39 percent of his shots from three-point range while averaging 20.1 points per game. This year, his first at UK after transferring from the Missouri Valley Conference, Reeves is shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Reeves has that quick catch-and-fire release. He can knock it down in transition, in the corners, at the top of the key. On his game, he’s a scoring threat from most any spot on the floor.
During Kentucky’s current four-game win streak, including UK’s 69-53 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium, Reeves has been the Cats’ most consistent scorer. He’s averaging 17.0 points per game during this winning stretch. He scored 18 points in the season-turning victory at Tennessee, 11 in the home win over Georgia, a game-high 23 in last Saturday’s win over Texas A&M at Rupp and a team-high 16 against the Commodores.
How valuable has Reeves been in the Cats’ course-correction?