Reynolds Makes Mark At Nike
Roanoke, Va., is quickly becoming a mini-haven for players. JJ Redick is the reigning top gun in town, but he's a senior. JR Reynolds of Roanoke Catholic is a member of the Class of 2003 and the likely candidate to take Redick's spot as the top player in the area.
Last July, Reynolds put forth an impressive effort at the Nike Camp. He displayed good range on his jumper, which extends to beyond the arc. He's also a good driver and has the look of a guard who might be able to pull some double-duty as a combo kid.
Reynolds was all set to make his announcement, but Sept. 11 deemed the decision inappropriate if not insignificant. "The day I was supposed to have it was the day of the bombs," Reynolds said. "All that stuff was going on and I didn't feel like it was the right time. That's why I put it off."
At the time when the decision was going to be made, Virginia was the clear choice from sources behind the scenes. Reynolds, who from the beginning has seemed like he's wanted to keep a tight lid on the situation, isn't saying much about the choice. He says that he'll probably have a decision in a couple of weeks before practice starts, but he didn't want to name a single school that's involved.
His big summer caught the attention of a number of programs and it became clear right away that he has the makings of a Top 50 player. "I wanted to get to some more big camps so I could show everyone what I could do," Reynolds said. "Hopefully, next year it's going to happen."
It didn't happen last summer, largely because Reynolds' AAU team didn't run the major circuits. The Roanoke Jaguars are not a shoe-sponsored team so invites to places like the Peach Jam didn't happen and they didn't qualify for the national AAU's.
Reynolds, who averaged 20.5 points, is receiving attention as a combo guard, though his role is likely to blossom into that of a scoring two-guard, as he gets older.
We should know his decision sometime in November.