PC Prospect Intro: J-Mychal Reese '12

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Back when J-Mychal Reese was a 13-year old sixth grader, ESPN the Magazine did an article on him saying that he "might be the NBA's next superstar." While that may no longer be the case, there is no doubt that Reese was able to develop into a superb player despite all the hype surrounding him.

A 6-foot-1, 170-pounder out of Bryan (TX), Reese is one of the top point guards in the class of 2012. Providence is one of the schools involved in Reese's recruitment and he spoke with ScoutFriars.com while at the Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals.

Reese provided a list that included Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Oregon, Providence, Louisville, LSU, Texas Tech, and Georgia Tech. He claims offers from each of those schools.

"Not right now," Reese said of whether he has any favorites. "I'm supposed to take some visits coming up towards the end of the summer."

Five schools in particular, coming from four different conferences, are showing Reese the most love at this point in time.

"I'd say A&M, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon and Georgia Tech [are] . . . coming at me the hardest," Reese said.

The Lone Star State standout said that he does not have a timetable for when he will make his commitment. As of now Reese has only been able to visit in-state schools, but he plans to change that.

"I know for sure that I'm visiting Kansas, Oregon and Louisville," Reese said. "I don't have any dates yet, but I know I'm visiting them this summer."

There are a few schools in particular not involved in Reese's recruitment that he would like to hear from.

"Well, I like UConn and I like Duke, but I haven't heard from them," Reese said, later adding, "I never heard from Kentucky. I'd like to hear from them too."

Reese, who is not concerned with a school's location, talked about some of the things that he is looking for in a college.

"Just somewhere I fit, somewhere we're gonna play fast paced, somewhere I feel comfortable," Reese said.

One thing that could impact Reese's recruitment is where his father is coaching next year. John Reese is currently the head coach at Bryan High School and J-Mychal said he is considering offers from Texas A&M and LSU to become an assistant coach.

"He's still looking at [taking one of the offers], but I think it would be a good look for him," the younger Reese said. "It would open up doors for him."

Should John Reese take one of the job offers, would J-Mychal definitely attend that school?

"No, I wouldn't say definitely, but it would be—I'd definitely look at it," Reese explained.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: John Reese is rumored as of this posting to be strongly leaning toward taking the Texas A&M job. – Coren]

Reese, who lists his scoring ability as the best aspect of his game and his strength as his chief flaw, talked about what he knows about Providence College.

"I don't know too much about them, but I know Ed Cooley, the head coach," Reese said. "They're cool coaches [at PC] and I wanna get to know them. I wouldn't mind taking a visit either."

Reese confirmed that he is indeed interest in Providence despite the fact that he has never been to the Northeast.

"No, I haven't been," Reese said. "I always wanted to, but I haven't [even] been there for a tournament or nothing."

The rising senior talked about PC's recruiting pitch to him and what the staff has been trying to sell him on.

"Coach [Bob] Simon just been telling me about Ed Cooley and how much of a good coach he is and how it would be a good fit for me," Reese said.

Although Reese does not personally know any of Friars, he does know of Marshon Brooks, though the two do not have any relationship.

With the scoring ability of a shooting guard and the size of a point guard, there has been some debate about where Reese is best suited.

"I'd say a one or a two," Reese said of what position he sees himself as. "I feel more comfortable at the one [because] I like to have the ball in my hands."

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