J.R. Reynolds, the combo guard from Roanoke (VA) Catholic High School, is a complete player who will make the Virginia Cavaliers' program stronger when he enrolls at the Charlottesville, VA, school for the fall 2003 semester.
The junior was named to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational All-Tournament first team this past weekend helping the Celtics take the Consolation Championship (fifth place) in last weekend's three-game event. Reynolds averaged 19.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals over the three-game event. He shot 57.1 percent from the floor, 33.0 percent from behind the arc and 70.4 percent from the charity stripe.
He is a complete ballplayer who handles the point with confidence, can take a defender to the basket and/or stop for a mid-range jumper, hit the three, either on a catch-and-shoot situation or off the dribble, and has excellent vision with the ability to hit an open teammate.
In the win over Archbishop Spalding, where he faced a box-and-one defense and double and triple teaming, Reynolds found ways other than scoring from the floor to help his team. He had 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals and hit 10 of 13 free throw attempts in the 75-70 overtime win. This included five of the last six attempts from the charity stripe to seal the win.
Reynolds plays with Boo Williams and will participate in the Nike Inviational Camp this July in Indianapolis. And this young man is not satisfied with his game; he wants to raise it another level (or two). "I'll be working on my whole game; my free throw shooting, jump shot, speed, and foot work," he said.