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21 April 2009

Reynolds declares for NBA draft

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
4/21/2009 01:51:00 PM
Scottie Reynolds will enter his name to this year's NBA draft, according to a press release from Villanova University.

Reynolds, a junior guard and arguably the Wildcats' most valuable player, does not plan to hire an agent, and thus his departure from the team is not yet certain.

Reynolds will be able to attend draft workouts and gauge where he might be selected if he decides to remain in the NBA draft, which will be held in New York on June 25.

"Scottie and I have decided that it would be smart for him to experience NBA workouts at this time," said Villanova head coach Jay Wright.

Wright also said that Reynolds will complete all his spring semester classes to ensure NCAA compliance if Reynolds decides to return to Villanova for his senior year.

If Reynolds remains in the draft, Villanova will lose four starters from its 2009 Final Four team: Reynolds, Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson, and Shane Clark.

According to NBADraft.net, Dante Cunningham is expected to be selected in the early second round of the draft, which usually means a player will be fighting for a spot on the team roster.

NBADraft.nets's mock draft has not been updated after Reynolds's announcement, but it seems likely that Reynolds, if he is drafted, would fall somewhere after Cunningham.

Villanova returns point guard Corey Fisher and shooting guards Reggie Redding and Corey Stokes for next season. In the frontcourt, forward Antonio will be back. Joining the Wildcats will be four freshmen: point guard Maalik Wayns, shooting guard Dom Cheek, small forward Isaiah Armwood, and power forward Mouph Yarou. Duke transfer Taylor King, another small forward, also joins the team after sitting out one year, as does redshirt freshman forward Maurice Sutton.

Personally, I expect Reynolds to be back for his senior season. I do not see him going anywhere near the first-round and its guaranteed salaries.

Whether or not Reynolds returns will have a major impact on the Wildcats' pre-season and early-year rankings; though a Reynolds departure would ease some of the logjam in the backcourt for the younger players.

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At 2:07 PM, April 21, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

Sorry we have been away for a few weeks. Had to take a break after an awesome and exhausting season. We should be good going forward for the spring.

Do you think Reynolds stays or goes?

At 2:28 PM, April 21, 2009, Anonymous Pete Sucks said...

I hope he stays, and I hope Peter Cilento goes

At 2:30 PM, April 21, 2009, Blogger Pete @ LetsGoNova.com said...

haha and people wonder why i took a break from the blog

At 5:59 PM, April 21, 2009, Blogger Matthew said...

He'll come back. Great experience going to the workouts and finding out what he needs to improve on to move into the draft for next year (hopefully). But as Pete said, no way he goes anywhere near the first round, thus he'll return.

At 10:39 AM, April 22, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scottie stays. He will go no better than early 2nd round and if he comes back he's gotta know that we have a good chance of getting back to the Final 4.

At 10:14 AM, April 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He impresses at the workouts and pre-draft camp and goes. So long Scottie - it's been a great three years! Best of luck and God bless

At 11:30 AM, April 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he'll be back. The only realistic scenario for him leaving is if he gets a pretty strong informal commitment for being picked in the second round, and decides that that is his best shot for the NBA (since next year's draft will be deeper) then he might go.

But he is not going to go in the first round; he isn't going to get the guarenteed money. Since he obviously would prefer to finish up at VU rather than get an early start on his European career (else he would have hired an agent), I'm betting that a non-guarenteed shot at the NBA, which is his best possibility, won't be enough for him to stay in the draft.

OTOH, if he comes back and has a breakout senior year - quite possible - he could end up sneaking into the first round, even in a stronger draft. To put it another way, I don't see him playing in the NBA, but his best chance of playing would be to significantly up his game. And another year at Nova gives him a chance to do that.

Along those lines, I wonder how he sees his possible role in the NBA. If he sees himself as a 1, he may be less likely to come back, as he is more likely IMO to play at the 2 at VU next year. OTOH, if he sees himself as a 2 in the NBA, then all the more reason to come back.

At 12:56 PM, April 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#7 - what do you mean by "significantly up his game"?
what else does he have to do?

I'm not smart enough to know whether Scott will play in the NBA but I've read alot of comments here and other places that say he won't even go 2nd round. That is absolutely unbelievable to me. What does he need to do to get drafted? He's an amazing player and has an insane work ethic. he's obviously not a 6'5" point guard but coming back won't change that. He's even taller than Patti Mills (5'11") but some mock drafts have Mills going late 1st round.

I don't know much about Mills but I've watched a few highlight reels and he is not head and shoulders above Scott. So, why is Mills ahead of him?

At 2:49 PM, April 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#8 - What doesn't he need to work on? I mean, I love Scottie, but compare him to the guards who are considered first round picks - no, I don't mean Mills ("some" mock drafts, "late" first round) - and, even aside from height, he isn't there.

Okay, less snark: what he needs to work on depends upon what role we are talking about. If he is a PG in the pros, he needs to work on his ball handling. A 1.3/1 A/TO ratio doesn't cut it. If he is a SG, he needs to work on his shot. I mean, if he hikes his shooting percentage to 45% overall and close to 40% on 3s, he is a first rounder, even at his height (late first rounder, but still).

But where he is now ... what is his role on an NBA team? I don't see it. Where does he stand out? He does a lot of things pretty well at the college level - which makes him a very good college player, but not much of a potential NBA player

At 10:56 PM, April 29, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. He's not a true PG by any means and isn't an efficient enough scorer or tall enough to be a 2 in the NBA. Definitely a solid college player but no more.

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At 10:48 AM, June 09, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, no news since 4/21. Maybe it just took a while for you to really shutdown activity on your site....better late then never


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