Villanova basketball has one of the most storied traditions in the New Big East when it comes to churning out great college players, whether it be Paul Arizin, John Pinone, Kerry Kittles or Randy Foye. Up there with some of the best to ever play in a Wildcats' jersey is former point guard Scottie Reynolds.
Reynolds came to ‘Nova in 2006, as a highly touted recruit (4-stars) out of Hendon, Va. He almost didn't come to play for Jay Wright, as he originally committed to play for Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma. When Sampson bolted to Indiana though, the Sooners released Reynolds form his letter of intent, allowing him to be a Wildcat.
Reynolds thrived in Wright's system from the minute he arrived on campus. He was an instant playmaker and reliable scorer for the ‘Cats, averaging at least 14.5 ppg in all four of his seasons at Villanova.
Maybe his greatest moment at Villanova occurred during his junior season. In that year's Elite Eight matchup against Big East rival and No. 1 seeded Pittsburgh, Reynolds hit a game winning shot with 0.5 seconds left to seal his place in Villanova folklore and propel the ‘Cats to the 2009 Final Four.
Even though he was never able to win an elusive national championship with the Wildcats, Reynolds no doubt left his mark at the school. By the time his playing career ended in 2010, Reynolds was the second-leading scorer in school history with 2,222 points. This put him only 22 points short of Kittles' all-time mark, which he probably could've broken if the upstart St. Mary's Gaels didn't upset second-seeded ‘Nova in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. He also earned consensus First-Team AP All American honors after the 2010 season, becoming only the fourth Wildcat every (with Kittles, Arizin and Foye) to be named to the firt-team.
Reynolds actually declared for the NBA Draft on two separate occasions, and almost didn't return for his senior season. After the magical run to the Final Four, Reynolds initially declared for the 2009 NBA Draft, but never hired an agent and ended up returning for the 2009-10 season. He then went undrafted in 2010, making Reynolds the first AP First Team All American not to be drafted since the NBA merger in 1976.
Since going undrafted, Reynolds has bounced around to seven professional franchises in four years, both internationally and in the states. He has yet to appear in an NBA game, and currently plays for Hapoel Holon in Israel.