Arkansas will head to LaGrange, Georgia, on Tuesday to get a look at Sound Doctrine Academy post-grad big man Johncarlos Reyes (6-10, 225), who is helping the school revive a basketball program that has been dormant for seven years.
Reyes, who previous played his sophomore and junior seasons at Suwanee, Ga., Collins Hill and his senior year at Columbus Kingdom Prep, had has several schools by recently including Xavier, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Cleveland State, Middle Tennessee State and Utah.
"My phone has been buzzing so much as a lot of schools are interested and coming in to see him," Sound Doctrine head coach Vin Sparacio said. "He is 6-10, a big kid that is definitely a high major kid on the defensive end. Offensively, I would say that he is a mid-plus guy, but as he develops some more strength and gets stronger, he will move up to a high major kid all around."
Reyes, who reclassified to 2015 to improve his offer list, will be a spring signee as he has to first take his ACT to be able to take official visits.
"Since he is going to be a spring signee and has yet to take any visits, he isn't leaning to anybody and does not have a favorite right now," Sparacio said. "He is just taking it slow and seeing who all comes in. He'll get the test taken and then be able to narrow it down to some places that he wants to go see."
Sparacio, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a former head coach at Rise Acdemy, has a roster of players from across the country and he takes over a program that he said has not had a team since the 2006-2007 season.
"We actually only have two kids from Georgia," Sparacio said. "We have kids from Minnesota, Virginia, Kentucky, New York and New Jersey."
The other kid from Georgia is Reyes' Game Elite AAU teammate - power forward Shawntrez Davis (6-8, 205) - another Division I prospect that has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Texas, Clemson, Maryland, Purdue and Tennessee.
Sound Doctrine will play a schedule that includes prep school teams from Georgia, Florida and other southern states and will also compete in the National Prep School Tournament in Long Island.
"We are going to play Hargrave Military Academy in December at Georgetown," Sparacio said. "We are definitely going to play more of a southern state schedule than a northeastern one. It will be very good competition."
Sound Doctrine will play in the Correy Black Jamboree on Oct. 11 in Atlanta. It features both prep schools and junior college teams.
The school will then open its season on Oct. 24.
“We are just working hard every day now to try and get better,” Sparacio said. “I'm excited about how good we might become.”
Arkansas Set To Check Out Reyes
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