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Willie Reed
SLU's Willie Reed follows through on a dunk against Princeton in a game last March at Chaifetz Arena. (Dawn Majors / dmajors@post-dispatch.com)

Former St. Louis University center Willie Reed is heading home and is looking to continue his basketball career at Kansas State, according to his father.

"We're here at Kansas State right now and we're in the process of being enrolled," Reed Sr. told the Post-Dispatch by phone on Friday.

K-State, in Manhattan, Kan., is about two hours west of where Reed grew up in Kansas City. The Wildcats finished 29-8 last season and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

It's a quick change for Reed. He and teammate Kwamain Mitchell were no longer enrolled at SLU as of Wednesday after, according to sources, the university's student conduct committee suspended them for a year, a sentence that was reduced to a semester, amid allegations of a sexual assault.

According to Mitchell's lawyer, the point guard will be allowed to return in January if he meets certain requirements. Reed Sr. said that his son had done nothing wrong and wouldn't apply for readmission. Reed Jr. asked for and received permission from SLU to talk to other schools.

Under NCAA rules, if Reed enrolls at K-State and begins going to classes when the school's second term begins Jan. 18, he would be eligible after one year. That means he could be eligible for the second half of next season. Reed was an honorable mention All-Atlantic 10 selection and was SLU's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, behind Mitchell.

When Reed chose to go to SLU, he said that he had interest from Big 12 schools. A KSU spokesman said he hadn't heard of Reed's transferring.

Bryan Burwell of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this story.