As a senior point guard at Lakewood High School in 2008, Reggie Reed was a scrawny 135 pounds. Fast forward to today and meet a 190-pound professional body builder.
The transformation didn't come as a surprise to the people close to Reed.
"Reggie was the kind of kid who always had fight in him," current Spartans coach Anthony Lawrence said. "He worked hard, so you knew something like this could happen to him."
In his senior season at Lakewood, six years and 55 pounds ago, Reed led the Spartans to a 26-4 record. As a point guard, Reed served as the floor general, setting up teammates and defending. His small size, however, prohibited him from being an elite scorer.
Weight and height (5 feet 9) got in the way when it came time for college recruiting. Despite starring four years for the Spartans, Reed was passed over by schools because of his small stature.
"I ended up having to go to junior college for two years," Reed said. "It was during that time that I was able to put on some size."
After two seasons with Rend Lake College in Ina, Ill., where he was an all-regional and all-conference player, Reed transferred to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Once at SIUE, Reed increased his weight to 160 pounds. The added poundage helped make him more of a presence on the floor.
"I was able to maintain my balance, make stronger plays to the hole and be more aggressive because I was more physically prepared," Reed said.
With his playing days finished, Reed needed a new outlet for his competitive spirit. A women's basketball coach at SIUE was the first to suggest pursuing body building.
"Once you learn how to work your body properly, most guys of his caliber seem to take to it well," said Reed's high school trainer, Milton Mobely.
After years of training, Reed traded in his amateur body building status June 28. He will compete in the International Federation of Physique Athletes Pro Global Cup in Atlanta in September, his first as a pro, and will be judged based on criteria such as size, symmetry and stage presence.
"This a subjective sport," Reed said. "We're judged completely on appearance."
Reed has his routine down when preparing for events. In addition to straight lifting six days a week, he eats meals high in carbs and protein at least six times per day, and religiously studies competitors to get any extra edge.
"I study other pros that are currently out there and look at their routines and how they present themselves, how they train and just try to learn more," Reed said.
With his career just beginning to take off, Reed credits Mobely for giving him the foundation to start building muscle and teaching him the proper technique for different kinds of lifts.
"Milton was the first trainer I had in high school," Reed said. "He was the main reason why I was able to get to college and enhance what I had."
And Reed is looking to give back to the area where he began his career.
"I graduated with my master's in kinesiology in December and I'll be moving back home to the bay area," Reed said. "I'm looking forward to bringing my personal training and strength conditioning expertise to my community."
Nothing could please Lawrence more.
"It's great to see guys like that come back to the program, and I'll always welcome him to come back and work with us to any capacity that he can because kids can see that with hard work and dedication you can do extraordinary things," he said.
"Who knows? He may be the next Mr. Olympia."