Reinhardt has many options

Katin Reinhardt never lacked recruiting attention prior to his commitment to USC and following his decommitment a couple of months ago the list of suitors has only expanded. Arizona State is one of the only programs who have recruited the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei for a few years now and even through the myriad of colleges contacting him these days that fact hasn't gone unnoticed by Reinhardt.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me since my freshman year," said the 6-5 195 pound Katin Reinhardt. "Coach Sendek is recruiting me and it's really cool to know that the head coach of a school is the one that is involved the most in recruiting you. We've talked a lot and Coach McKnight my High School head coach knows coach Sendek very well. I really enjoy talking to coach Sendek and getting to know him can really help me make my decision. When you commit to a school you play for the head coach who makes all the decisions that will affect you. So, it's important to really get to know him well.

"Arizona State doesn't really have an all-around player that can shoot the three but also score driving to the basket. Having a player like that can really help the offense and coach Sendek said I can be that type of player for the team if I came there and I could do well playing on and off the ball. They (ASU) told me how much they need me and how I would fit in really well playing with Jahii Carson."

Reinhardt remarked that he occasionally talks to Carson but that he has definitely has kept in close contact with his former Monarch teammate and current Sun Devil player Keala King.

"We only played one year together at Mater Dei but I knew him from before when he played at Dominguez and California Supreme," Reinhardt stated. "I talked to him about Arizona State and how I would fit in there and he's been really cool telling me what's going on there. He's not pressuring me to go there but he tells me everything I need to know. I'm definitely thinking about visiting them this year because they have been recruiting me the longest and I have a good relationship with them."

As a junior the Mater Dei standout averaged 20 ppg, 4 apg and 4 rpg as he helped the monarchs to a 32-3 record. As he prepares for this month's AAU circuit Reinhardt certainly doesn't rest on the laurels that would cause some other four-star prospects with seemingly very little to prove.

"Ball handling, shooting…just keeping it tight," said Reinhardt of his workout regimen, "and having your game where it needs to be because you don't get a chance to practice that much with all the tournaments going around. If I'm going to take time off it will show so I'm just going to work on getting better. I've gained some weight on and I want to eventually play at 200, 205 lbs. It will be easier to put on weight now that I stopped growing.

"I just want to stay on top of everything and I'm real excited for July."

Reinhardt said that prior to this year he mostly played with his high school team rather than an AAU club, but starting in the spring he has been exclusively playing with on the later (California Supreme) and his performance in the various tournaments has served him very well thus far. Starting this week coaches will be able to see him in-person play for his AAU club, but the guard isn't going to put any added pressure on himself because of that fact.

"You have to have the mindset and play the same way when coaches couldn't see you," Reinhardt explained. "As long as you are preparing yourself right you should be able to show those college coaches what you can do."

Reinhardt stated that some of the July tournaments he is scheduled to participate in include the LeBron James camp, Peach Jam, Fab 48 and the Best of Summer (a Los Angeles tournament where Reinhardt will play with his high school team rather than his AAU club).

During the spring the Mater Dei standout showcased himself as deft shooter, who is versatile enough to also handle the ball and be an above average distributor.

"I consider myself a very unselfish player," Reinhardt commented. "I'd rather have 15 assists than 15 points. Being a combo guard everyone knows that I can score, but I'm trying to get my teammates involved a lot more and show colleges that I'm capable of doing that."

Aside from the Sun Devils, the four-star guard has also been offered by Arizona, Baylor, North Carolina State, UNLV, Gonzaga, and UTEP. "Syracuse said that when they see me play in July they could offer me," Reinhardt said, "same thing with Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and probably some other schools I'm forgetting.

"I don't have a top five list or anything like that but I'm hoping to have one by the end of the summer. I can say that Arizona State, Arizona, Syracuse, Baylor and Gonzaga are recruiting me the hardest."

Reinhardt was committed to USC just five months before he decided to re-open his recruitment. He stated at the time that he wanted to make sure that the school of his choice would ultimately be the right fit for him. That recruiting experience was undoubtedly stressful but nonetheless it can also serve him well as he tries to settle on a new school of his choice.

"I'm going to make my decision now based on knowing how a school would use me in their system," Reinhardt explained. "When I will choose a school I will know right away how I will fit in and having a coach that will be behind you 100 percent and help you fulfill your dreams.

"I'm really going to take my time with my decision. I want to sign in November if I really feel that by then I found the school that I fit in the best. But if I feel that I need to wait until April then that's what I will do. I just don't want to make a wrong decision again and I don't want to be that guy that transfers after his freshman year."


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