Sometimes the hardest part of saying yes is saying no. Scottie Reynolds, a 6-foot, 170-pound guard from Herndon (Va.) High School felt this pain in choosing Villanova over Michigan after being released from his letter-of-intent to Oklahoma after Kelvin Sampson's departure.
"It was a tremendously difficult decision for Scottie, especially because of the Oklahoma situation," said Herndon head coach Gary Hall. "You're always hesitant to trust again. This time around was much more difficult that when he decided to go to Oklahoma.
"But after evaluating the total package from basketball program to the opportunity to play and the track record of Jay Wright with guards, Villanova just seemed like the best fit."
The most difficult part of choosing Villanova for Reynolds was telling coach Tommy Amaker no.
"Coach Amaker and I have a great relationship," commented Reynolds. "He is from this area, and it was very difficult to tell him. He has been there for me since my freshman year."
Reynolds cited the player development, especially with the guards, as the major draw to Villanova.
"They really know how to develop their guards," said Reynolds. "I really want to develop into a complete player, and they push you to do that. For instance, in their defensive system you have to learn to guard every position on the court."
With the loss of Allan Ray and Randy Foye, and the possible loss of Kyle Lowry, to the NBA, Reynolds is much more concerned about winning than playing time.
"If Kyle comes back that just makes it that much better," said Reynolds.
Reynolds, the No. 76 ranked prospect in the class of 2006, averaged 27.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game his senior season.