Reynolds Picks Big East Power

Scottie Reynolds

Scottie Reynolds, one of the most sought after recruits of the spring, ended his process on Monday when he made a public commitment at his high school. Reynolds told Jay Wright that he'll be a Wildcat.

"Villanova."

That was the message Scottie Reynolds sent out shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Scout.com's No. 33 prospect in the Class of 2006, and a McDonald's All-American, selected Jay Wright's Wildcats over the Michigan Wolverines.

"It's guard country," Reynolds said. "They play extremely hard and all guards have to guard everybody and not just one position. They took 3 guys that weren't McDonald's All-Americans and they made them into pro players. The players put in the work and the time and the coaching staff was there helping them."

Reynolds, a marksman out of Herndon High in northern Virginia, came back on the market under stressful circumstances. Kelvin Sampson, the head coach he selected to play for last fall at Oklahoma, packed up and went to Indiana in a move that prompted Reynolds to seek relief from his letter of intent.

Upon getting his release, Reynolds essentially entertained a country of programs seeking help in the backcourt. Quickly he became linked in a package deal with Darrell Arthur and Louisiana State. Reynolds and Arthur visited LSU in mid-April but the Bengal Tigers were unable to land either recruit.

Then, Reynolds visited the Villanova Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines in succession. He also considered Illinois and Wake Forest, in addition to the Sooners. In fact, Jeff Capel did just about all he could to keep Reynolds as he quickly worked to establish a relationship with the guard.

In the end, the allure of the Big East and a location closer to home proved to be large factors in the process. Michigan's Tommy Amaker did a tremendous job with Reynolds as he worked some established relationships and forged his own with the guard.

"It was very, very difficult. Coach Amaker has been there since my freshman year. Being there since your freshman year and still being there after Oklahoma, it was very tough. He's been right there with me even when I committed to Oklahoma."

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