CSU coach's son faces another hurdle off the court
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- At 5-feet 10-inches, point guard Reid Radebaugh knows about overcoming adversity and knows what it takes to play with the big boys.
He hopes to play college basketball, but faces another setback this year.
"He's the most dedicated basketball player I've ever known," said Barclay Radebaugh about a year ago. But now the dad is happy to see is son persevere.
Reid Radebaugh went from a Division I prospect to battling on the bench with adrenal fatigue clouding his future on the court.
"For the past few months, I've been dealing with an issue where every time I play, I just feel really weak and tired," he said. "it's been a disappointing season in that aspect. But then again, I've learned a lot of things through this trial. I've learned a lot about things other than basketball. I've learned that basketball is not the most important thing in life. I'm thankful, it's a blessing that God is teaching me these things through these trials."
It's a hard lesson to learn for someone so young, says his father.
"Life isn't always easy. Sometimes we aren't dealt the exact cards we want and we have to deal with things. His trial came early. He's dealt with it like a man and I couldn't be prouder of him," said Barclay Radebaugh.
The Pinewood Prep point guard is working through the setback by working hard. He finally returned to the court last Friday.
"I missed it so much. I learned a lot through this but I missed the game so much. It was emotional just because it's been so long since I've been playing," he said. I was fired up. I just came out firing, just made the first couple, banked in my first two from three, and they just started falling again."
And as long as the shots are falling, the dream stays alive.
"It's never too late. Reid is a worker. He's chosen not to give up. He still has a dream of playing college basketball. That dream lives deep inside of him and he really, really want to play," said Barclay Radebaugh.
Reid Radebaugh's mind and heart are set, and he's hoping his body will play along.
At least one Division I coach is convinced that dream is still a reality, too.