“I’m not trying to take it, but if I’m feeling it, I would much rather have it,” said Reynolds, who was named the game’s MVP after posting 20 points and 11 rebounds.
The inaugural event featured teams from across the country and even one from Canada. It brought together some of the nation’s best but also allowed players to visit keystones in the District, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant grew up in Prince George’s County and was the 2006 All-Met Player of the Year at Montrose Christian.
Reynolds knew college scouts would be watching Bullis (14-4), but he was focused on rebounding from what he called a disappointing performance in his team’s loss to St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes on Friday.
Growing up, Reynolds mainly played in the post, so he didn’t start working on his shot until he was roughly 12 years old. Bullis Coach Bruce Kelley saw Reynolds’s potential as a freshman, but it wasn’t until near the end of his sophomore year that he put his skills together.
“I always believed in him,” said Reynolds’s mother, Pamela. “I had to make him believe in him. Every game I’m like: ‘Believe. Work. Go hard, son.’ ”
Reynolds’s confidence soared last summer. Before the NCAA evaluation periods, when college coaches can watch potential prospects, Reynolds didn’t hold a scholarship offer. In front of college coaches, Reynolds took over games with his scoring ability, and now he has offers from George Mason, East Carolina, Hofstra and others.
Bullis star Rodney Rice didn’t play against Carroll (9-8) because of a shoulder injury, giving Reynolds more of an opportunity. When he is hitting step-back three-pointers and shots off the dribble, as he was Monday, Kelley can tell it’s going to be a long night for Reynolds’s defender.
“It happens,” Kelley said. “It is not the first time we’ve seen it.”