LSU basketball gained some national media buzz last fall when CNBC mutual fund analyst James Reynolds took a moment on the popular cable financial channel to gush about his recent trip to Baton Rouge on a recruiting visit with his son Miles. The trip was during the South Carolina football game and the Reynolds family was impressed enough to schedule a repeat trip to visit LSU, this time for an official visit.
Reynolds, a 3-star point guard from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, told TSD on Tuesday evening that his first official visit will be to LSU, for the Alabama-Birmingham football game on the weekend of Sept. 7.
"The last time I visited was for a football game and the fans showed a ton of support," Miles Reynolds said. "I'm excited about getting back down there."
Shortly after our interview, Reynolds was scheduled to catch a flight to Atlanta with his AAU team, the Mac Irvin Fire, for the Peach Jam tournament, which is the championship of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League. The Fire finished third in its EYBL division to qualify for the prestigious Peach Jam.
LSU head coach Johnny Jones and assistant David Patrick were scheduled to be in attendance at the Peach Jam to watch Reynolds, among other prospects at the event.
Patrick has been Reynolds' lead recruiter since spotting him at the Peach Jam last summer. Reynolds was a little-known player at the time and LSU was one of the first schools to heavily recruit him. LSU has offered Reynolds a scholarship.
"I have a strong relationship with Coach Patrick," Reynolds said. "We talk almost every day. If he's not talking to me, he's talking to my parents."
He said he has also become close with Jones.
"Recently Coach Jones has been calling me and texting me," Reynolds said. "He's definitely reaching out to me. I know at LSU's level, they have to recruit other players at my position, but I believe I'm their main guard priority."
The only other confirmed visit that Reynolds has is to Stanford, which has not offered. Besides LSU, other schools that have offered Reynolds are: Ole Miss, Iowa, Dayton, Miami (Oh.) and Rutgers.
Reynolds plans to commit in late October and sign during the early period in November.
"Where I sign will depend on how comfortable I feel at the school," Reynolds said. "There's a chance I'm going to go far away from home. I have to have a family base there, so if I need anything, they will be there for me. Academics will play a big role, of course, coming from a great school like Whitney Young."
For now, Reynolds is concentrating on finishing out the summer season and getting
ready for his last season of high school.
"I'm excited about the Peach Jam," he said. "It's the best tournament of the season. All the best players and all the top coaches will be there."
"I've been in the weight room, getting stronger. I've been working on my ball-handling every day, to where that won't be issue, so I can control my team at the tempo I want and my coach wants."
Reynolds sets visit date to LSU
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