April 21, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior guard Scottie Reynolds will enter his name into the pool of candidates for the 2009 National Basketball Association draft, it was announced today. Reynolds, who averaged 15.2 ppg in helping lead the Wildcats to the Final Four in Detroit, does not plan to hire an agent and will leave open the option of returning to Villanova for his senior year.
"Scottie and I have decided that it would be smart for him to experience NBA workouts at this time," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "This will enable him to assess where he fits in the draft process this year and give him a better understanding of what it takes to play at that level.
"Scottie is completing all of his spring semester classes and is not hiring an agent. He will be working closely with our NCAA compliance staff so that he can return for his senior year if that is the path he chooses."
Reynolds has scored 1,620 points in three seasons at Villanova (15.3 ppg), which places him 15th on the school's all-time list. In March, his length of the court charge and basket in the waning seconds lifted the Wildcats past top seeded Pittsburgh and into the Final Four for the first time since 1985. This 6-2 guard is one of only two players in BIG EAST Conference history to score 40 or more points in a single game on two occasions. In his three seasons, VU is 74-32 (.698) and is 6-3 (.667) in the NCAA Tournament.
"Coach and I have been talking about this for a couple of weeks," stated Reynolds. "We came to the decision that it would be best to put my name into the draft.
"I will continue going to my classes. But on the basketball court, I am doing this with 100 percent effort. It's not just about going through the experience. I want to prepare myself in the best way I can and make the most of this opportunity."