Villanova needed a big man for next season when Darryl Reynolds stepped up to become the only player at 6-8 or above in the 2013 recruiting class. That announcement came last week, but the Worcester Academy (Mass.) and former Lower Merion High School (PA) power forward made things official today, when he signed and sent back his National Letter of Intent, binding him to attend Villanova University on scholarship next season.
He will enroll at Villanova in the fall.
"We are excited to welcome Darryl to the Villanova family," stated Wildcats head coach Jay Wright. "Darryl was well-schooled at Lower Merion by his coach Gregg Downer and he has used his post-graduate year to continue to develop under the tutelage of Jamie Sullivan. He brings athleticism, rebounding and a commitment to becoming the best player he can be to Villanova. We believe Darryl's best basketball is ahead of him."
Reynolds joins Josh Hart, a 6-5 guard from Sidwell Friends School and Kris Jenkins, a 6-6 forward from Gonzaga High School in the Villanova basketball recruiting class.
The commitment leaves the Wildcats with up to three open scholarships for the 2013-14 season, though it is possible that the coaching staff could opt to use less than the full allotment. If additional athletes are added to the recruiting class, the 'Cats could continue to pursue big men prospects, or could focus efforts on highly-talented players such as Alerick Freeman, who recently re-opened his recruitment.