Posted On: 10/25/15 12:30 AM

It can often be a conundrum for young, quickly growing basketball players. Being the tallest player on your team beginning in the youth ranks makes it easy to assume the role of a four or five on the court.

Yet, only the truly big players – the one-percenters who rise to 6-foot-8 and above – are going to stay true big man. That leaves the other “tall” kids needing to prepare themselves for the game at a different position than the one they are playing now.

Brian Read, a 6-foot-6 Fort Collins junior forward, seems to understand this. So it wasn’t surprising to see him at Lincoln High on Saturday, bringing the ball up the court, driving to the basket and pulling up from mid-range. Read knows he has to strengthen those skills in order to slide into a three-role in college.

“At the beginning, I was always a post player,” Read said. “Then all my coaches told me I had to work on my ball-handling for the next level. So I’ve really worked on that.”

After playing a tough national schedule this summer with the uber-talented Billups 16U squad, Read said his eyes were open to what it will

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