Pack Offers Reinhardt

NC State has extended a scholarship offer to Mater Dei (CA) 2012 combo guard Katin Reinhardt. He is rated a four-star prospect and one of the top guards in the country.

Los Angeles (CA) Mater Dei combo guard Katin Reinhardt committed to USC in December and thought his recruitment was over, but things changed for him last month.

"I wanted to find the right fit for me," said Reinhardt. "I was going to put them under consideration as my top school, they decided not to recruit me.

"I learned from it. I committed early the first time, but now I'm going to take my time and find the right school for me."

Reinhardt decommitted publicly on May 17th, and two Pac-10 schools extended scholarship offers just days after he opened up his recruitment.

"Those were Arizona and Arizona State," he said. "Arizona is a big-time school. What they did last year was awesome. For them to recruit me, I feel honored. They have great guards there but coach said as long as you work hard you'll get to play.

"With Arizona State I really like coach Sendek. We talk a lot, and he's a very cool guy. They've been recruiting me the longest I think, probably besides Syracuse, and they are a school I'll definitely be keep in touch with."

Reinhardt's next offer came from the Baylor Bears. A former teammate of his, Gary Franklin, transferred to the school from California in January.

"The coaches stick out to me at Baylor," stated Reinhardt. "I love the coaching staff. They are great people and care about you as a person, not just as a basketball player. I also love their style of play, and my ex-teammate, Gary Franklin, he loves it there."

His fourth and final scholarship offer came yesterday when the NC State Wolfpack joined the mix.

"Their interest has been very high since I decommitted," Reinhardt said of the Wolfpack. "NC State is a great school. It's a big-time school, and the atmosphere out there is unreal. They have been recruiting me for the last few weeks and decided to offer me [yesterday]. I like them a lot.

"It's a rising program. They are getting back to the top, and the coaching staff is great too."

Other programs such as Syracuse, Gonzaga, Florida, and Florida State are also in the mix for Reinhardt, a four-star prospect and the No. 11 shooting guard in the country according to Scout.com. What type of a talent is Reinhardt?

"I feel like I'm a guy that can be interchangeable," he stated. "I feel like I can start out at the two guard but also play some point guard. Some schools are even saying that I can play some small forward when they go small because I am 6-foot-5.

"Schools are looking at me as a guy who can score, and then distribute when I need to... help run the team."

Reinhardt maintains that distance won't play a role in his final decision. He's primarily lived in California, but he spent five years in New Jersey before returning back to California a few years ago.

"Distance doesn't matter," he said. "I'm going to look around until I find the school that fits me best. I'm trying to find a place that can help me reach my next goal, which is playing professional basketball.

"Right now I'm wide open... I don't have a top five or a leader, but obviously I like the schools who have offered me. I plan on waiting to make another decision. I want to try and narrow down my list to five schools at the end of the summer and then take my official visits before picking a school."

Reinhardt is suiting up for California Supreme on the AAU circuit. He didn't attend the Pangos All-American Camp because he is recovering from a sprained ankle, but he will be back in action next weekend at the NBAP Camp. He is also scheduled to attend the Kevin Durant Skills Academy and the LeBron James Skills Academy.


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