Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds takes game-winning shot against Pittsburgh in East regional final. Reynolds has declared for the NBA draft, but will not sign with an agent, leaving the door open to return to the Main Line for his senior season. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
After leading his team to the Final Four this past season, it looks like Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds could be a surefire NBA prospect. Therefore, it came as no surprise to fans of 'Nova Nation and basketball fans across the country when Reynolds announced that he is declaring for the NBA draft earlier today, according to ESPN.com. However, Reynolds has yet to sign with an agent and does not plan to; which means that he could very well come back to the Main Line for his senior season, one where he may see more time at shooting guard to accommodate Corey Fisher's move into Jay Wright's starting lineup to run the point for the Wildcats.
A Villanova press release quoted Wright as saying that this move by Reynolds would "give him a better understanding of what it takes to play at that level." Reynolds averaged 15.2 points per game last season as the point guard in the Wildcats' backcourt, and his return, should he come back, would bolster an already deep Villanova team that is the likely favorite in the Big East next season, with Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Syracuse losing the likes of DeJuan Blair, Hasheem Thabeet, and Jonny Flynn, respectively; all of whom have declared for the draft as well.
However, if Reynolds were to defect, his spot in the lineup would open the door for already stellar reserve Corey Stokes to see more playing time, along with a top 10 recruiting class that includes McDonald's All-American guards Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek. Whichever road Reynolds does choose to follow, it will undoubtedly be a win-win situation for whoever acquires his services for the 2009-10 basketball season.