Scottie Reynolds was unquestionably one of the greatest basketball players ever from Northern Virginia--and probably the most accomplished since Grant Hill left South Lakes High School.
In 2006, I watched him single-handedly lift Herndon High School to the Northern Regional championship in the finals at the Patriot Center, and in 2009 the nation watched him make a last-second shot to hoist Villanova into the Final Four. He was second all-time in scoring at Villanova.
In 2010, his senior year, he was first-team All-America. And then, somehow, he became the first All-American in many years not to be drafted by the NBA. In the November issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, Dan Friedell writes a superb piece that captures the former star guard’s utter frustration at not being able to catch on with an NBA team, and his determination to keep trying.
After not being drafted, Reynolds tried to earn a place with the Phoenix Suns but was cut. Friedell writes that Reynolds signed with an Italian team for good money, but wasn’t happy in Italy and came home after five games. He then signed with an NBA Developmental League team, the Springfield (Mass.) Armor, affiliated with the New Jersey Nets, and did fairly well last season. He has since bounced over to the Philippines and Puerto Rico for brief stints, but he still hungers for the NBA, and is looking at another season in the D-League.
An anonymous NBA scout told Friedell that Reynolds was “just not quite good enough,” but that’s hard to believe. He has great leaping ability, power for a 6’2” guard, quickness, a long-range jumper, and he wins. He makes teams better. It’s unbelievable that he’s not good enough.
“The biggest thing that’s kept me going is fear,” Reynolds told Friedell. ”The fear of failure. The fear of letting people down. The fear of not getting to where I want to get...If I don’t make the NBA, I feel like I failed. It’s not right, and I know I didn’t fail, but that’s what keeps me running.”
Friedell’s article is online here,
is not online so go out and buy the November issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, featuring “50 Best Restaurants” on the cover. And subscribe while you’re at it, it’s an excellent resource for everyone in NoVa.
Here’s Reynolds’s 2009 last-second shot that put Villanova into the Final Four, which will wind up as his defining moment if he doesn’t make the NBA:
UPDATE: Friedell informs that the article has been placed online, and that Reynolds has turned down a spot in the D-League. We’ll see what happens when NBA camps open next week.