Herndon (VA) High's Scott Reynolds first burst onto our radar at last year's Boo Williams Invitational tourney. His sharp-shooting display that weekend earned him a spot on the all tourney team and was first inkling that he was a player of interest for the Wolverines. Coincidentally, a full year later and at the very same tourney his play was again stellar. His play at this year's tourney helped the host Boo Williams Summer League) claim the title. Furthermore, it appears he has re-emerged as a target on the Wolverines' recruiting list.
Prior to the impressive start to his AAU campaign, Reynolds was on a scoring rampage during his high school season. He notched 43 points in one early season contest before besting that a few games later with a 53-point effort. The only thing that could slow him down was injury. He suffered torn ligaments in his left ankle courtesy of a push he received while on a fast break. "My season was going pretty well up until I my injury set me back," Reynolds said. "I'm about 85% at this point. The best thing I can do at this point is play on it and play on it as much as possible."
On the recruiting front, Reynolds has listed Oklahoma as his leader for quite some time…and in a Monday evening conversation he indicated that that is still the case. The Michigan Wolverines were once listed just as prominently in his recruitment, but had seemingly fallen out of contention a few months back. When asked if that was an accurate account of the Maize and Blue's standing, the 6-foot sharpshooter insisted that wasn't quite the case. "I wouldn't say that they fell," Reynolds said referring to Michigan. "It's just that once I sorted out the schools, they came out little under Oklahoma. I actually spoke with Coach Amaker today. It was a really good conversation. Basically the way our relationship is, I can tell him anything straight up. I told him what was going on and how I felt about Michigan. I told him that they still had a shot and that I kind of want to wrap things up in a little bit."
Many expected Michigan's disappointing season this past year to alter the perception that many recruits have of the program. Reynolds, however, indicated that that wasn't the case with him. As a matter of fact, he identified with their situation. "I understand what coach Amaker had to go through considering that he lost some players to injuries and other things," Reynolds said. "Going down with my injury and see how my team did…it was kind of the same thing. That doesn't really affect how I see Coach Amaker and Michigan basketball."
When asked for a list of the last programs standing in the race for his services Reynolds listed Oklahoma, North Carolina State, Michigan, Wake Forest, and Connecticut. He has already visited the first three schools mentioned and it isn't likely to take anymore before making his decision. "Right now I haven't planned anything," Reynolds said regarding additional trips. "Right now I don't think I am. It's not something that needs to be done. I haven't set up anything and it not something that is urgent right now."
Reynolds may not be planning to take anymore trips himself, but the coaches at the programs on his list almost certainly will be tripping to see him. He indicated that Tommy Amaker would likely be visiting very soon.
After he listens to the final pitch from each respective party, there will be a few simple criteria that will receive significant consideration. "One of the main things for me right now is just my gut feeling," Reynolds said. "You always go with your heart. That's what coach Amaker told me to do. That's going to take you good places. I want to go somewhere that feels like home and the guys that I'm going to be with feel like family."
While Reynolds expressed a desire to make a summer decision, he also made sure to note that it would not be a hasty choice. "It could come at anytime," he said. "It could be this week, next week, or next month. There really isn't really a timetable. It's whenever I feel ready…whenever I feel like it is the right time."
GoBlueWolverine will more on Reynolds in the coming weeks.