Miles Reynolds likes to win as much as anyone. A program's success just won't be the deciding factor in his commitment decision.
"What's really important to me is how I fit in my first year; not playing time wise but just how I fit in with the team and making sure the coaching staff is the right one for me," Reynolds said. "I don't want to just go to a college because of how good they are at basketball. I want to make sure it's a comfortable place to live so I won't be homesick or anything like that."
The Chicago Whitney Young High point guard reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Dayton, LSU and Miami (Ohio). He's hearing consistently from Miami (FL) and Harvard, he said, and another school appears close to extending him an opportunity.
"Stanford is waiting for my ACT score before they offer," Reynolds said. "I just took it so hopefully that will come in soon. They came out to see me in LA and I think I performed pretty well this past weekend."
Reynolds and his Mac Irvin Fire AAU squad played in the EYBL event in Los Angeles.
"Iowa was out to see me in LA as well," he said. "We weren't in much contact with them this year. I know my mom talked to them a couple of times. I'm not sure if they came out to watch me during the season. They may have caught us on TV a couple of times."
The Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to Reynolds last summer.
"I saw them on TV a couple of times on the Big Ten Network (this season)," Reynolds said. "They look like a team that can be on the rise the next couple of years. Hopefully they can continue to get some recruits in and hopefully they continue to show interest in me."
Despite holding offers from some good programs and others perhaps being close to coming in, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Reynolds is taking the recruiting process slowly.
"I actually think I'm still in the beginning stages," he said. "I have an idea of where I want to take some of my official visits. But I'm in contact with a lot of schools and I can't see myself narrowing my list or even cutting any schools off of my list anytime soon."
Reynolds said he will begin officially visiting schools following the July evaluation period. He plans to use all five of the officials allowed by the NCAA and wants to choose his school in September.
"I'm definitely going to try to make it out to those schools (that have offered scholarships)," Reynolds said. "I don't know if they're going to be official visits. I want to get out to Iowa and Dayton. I'm going to take an official to LSU."
Reynolds, who intends to study business in college, stands out in the classroom as well as on the court.
"I won't base my decision solely on (academics) but it will have a big role," he said. "All of the schools that are recruiting me I know a lot about their academic programs. On my visits, I make sure they give me the rundown and I meet with the academic department. I also meet with the team's academic advisors."
Reynolds is being prepared for the next level by playing with and against top competition. His high school and AAU teammate, Jahlil Okafor, is one of the top players in the 2014 class. MAC Irvin, which also boasts super sophomore, Jalen Brunson, matches up with the nation's best each week.
Whitney Young and Mac Irvin love to push the pace. That's what Reynolds likes about Iowa.
"That's exactly how I like to play," he said. "I like to get up and down. With the AAU team that I'm on, it's just something that I'm used to. I like to play in the half court but I love to get up and down and setting up my teammates, getting them easy buckets and just playing a more up-tempo game."