Brandon Reed is headed back to Jonesboro.
The former Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year will spend his fifth year at Arkansas State, transferring back to the school after spending the past three seasons at Georgia Tech, a move rarely seen in collegiate athletics.
The announcement was made on the school's athletic website on Saturday.
Reed, an Powder Springs, Ga. native, spent the 2009-10 season with the Red Wolves under coach John Brady, averaging 15.1 points per game and earning freshman of the year honors in the conference.
After the season, the 6-4, 182-pound Reed elected to transfer to Georgia Tech, redshirting the 2010-11 season then playing the last two with the Yellow Jackets. Brady initially refused to release Reed from his scholarship when he decided to transfer, but eventually relented.
“We are excited about Brandon rejoining our program and enrolling in our master’s degree program,” Brady in a statement. “He brings leadership, experience, and an ability to score the basketball. His family and I have visited in depth about this move and we all believe it will benefit all involved.”
NCAA rules will allow Reed to be eligible immediately. Under the guidelines, an athlete who has completed his undergraduate degree may transfer to another college or university within Division I without sitting out a season, if the school the player is transferring to has a graduate program their current school doesn't offer. Reed will receive his bachelor's degree in sociology from Georgia Tech this summer, according to the release.
In his two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Reed averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.