Jumping Juco Being Recruited By Basketball Tigers

This big man will put his skills on display at the national junior college basketball tournament.

Wadley, Ala.--The state of Alabama's representative at the junior college basketball national championship tournament will feature a prospect the Tigers are recruiting.

Grady Reynolds, a 6-7, 225-pound forward for Southern Union Community College, is expected to be one of the most talented players at the nationals in Hutchinson, Kansas. A former standout at Abbeville High School, Reynolds is averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots per game this season for Southern Union.

"Grady is an outstanding athlete and a tremendous player for us," says his coach, Ron Radford. "He is a great shot blocker who has excellent leaping ability. He is also a very good player on defense."

Reynolds plays power forward at Southern Union and he has scholarship offers from colleges around the country. In-state, Alabama has offered, Radford says. Before Murry Bartow was fired, UAB had also offered a scholarship.

Auburn is showing interest and Reynolds has an interest in the Tigers. "Being from Abbeville, he is definitely interested in Auburn," Radford says. "People have compared him to Chris Porter who played at Auburn because they are both from Abbeville and both are great athletes. To me it is premature to do that because Porter showed that he was a great college player, but there is no doubt that Grady is an exceptional athlete."

Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Houston and other colleges are also recruiting Reynolds. Last fall, he took official visits to Southern Mississippi and the University of San Francisco, but decided to wait until the late signee period for offers from more prestigious programs.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Radford says that Reynolds will have to take two classes in the summer session at Southern Union in order to finish his junior college degree work...Southern Union, which has a 30-3 record, opens play at the national tournament with a game on Wednesday vs. South Plains College of Levelland, Tex., which has the same record as Southern Union...Tuesday night in the opening round of play at the nationals, two players the Tigers have been recruiting faced each other. Schoolcraft College of Livonia, Mich., edged Maryland's Allegany Junior College 84-81 to advance in the winner's bracket. Mike Williams, a 6-8 guard/forward for Schoolcraft, scored 15 points. He was 5-14 on field goals and made his only three-point attempt. He was 2-2 at the foul line and added 12 rebounds to go with three fouls. Allegany point guard Erick Wills scored 14 points. He made 5-14 field goals, including 4-10 shots from three-point range. The five-foot-eleven guard did not attempt a foul shot.

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