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2015 Villanova Basketball Preview: Darryl Reynolds

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Will Reynolds have a valuable role off the bench, or just get on the court during garbage time?

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA.

High School: Lower Merion/ Worcester Academy

Height: 6'8"

Weight: 225

Career Stats:

SEASON TEAM MIN FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% REB AST BLK STL PF TO PTS
2014-15 NOVA 5.4 0.6-0.8 71.4% 0.0-0.0 0.0% 0.3-0.7 0.4 1.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 1 0.3 1.4
2013-14 NOVA 3.1 0.1-0.1 100.0% 0.0-0.0 0.0% 0.1-0.5 0.3 1 0 0.1 0 0.6 0.3 0.3

Player Preview

Coming out of Worcester Academy for a post-grad year, Darryl Reynolds was only a 3-star recruit with a few high major offers. It was well known he was very athletic and excelled on defense, but he possessed an unpolished offensive game. He was primarily used in mop-up duty during his freshman season.

For his sophomore year many people thought with only Daniel Ochefu and JayVaugn Pinkston in the frontcourt, Reynolds would see an increased role. To start the season that was the case, as Darryl played double digits minutes against UMES, Delaware, St. Joseph's (PA), and nine minutes against VCU. Once conference play began and Jay Wright shortened his rotation, Reynolds became the odd man out. During conference play last season the sophomore averaged only 3.8 minutes per game.

This season with Daniel Ochefu at the 5, Kris Jenkins likely starting at the 4, and freshman Tim Delaney out indefinitely with hip surgery upcoming, it seems certain Darryl will see an increased role. On defense Reynolds adds a lot, averaging 3.9 blocks per 40 minutes, and having a defensive box plus/minus of 8.7 last season (stats from sportsreference.com).

On the other side of the ball improvement is needed. Free throw percentage is usually a pretty good indicator of a players shooting ability, and Reynolds 37% from the free throw line speaks for itself. He's shown flashes of being able to finish at the rim, and his post game seems to be improving. The Wildcats don't need him to do too much, but a more assertive Reynolds would be a nice boost.

Best Case Scenario: Reynolds sees a lot of time at the 4 next to Chef, and at the 5 next to Jenkins (or even Hart) and makes the most of it. He dominates on defense and on offense he doesn't do too much, tallying his points through dunks and put-backs.

Worst Case Scenario: Darryl hasn't made enough improvement and Jay decides to go small the majority of the time. During the minutes he does get he plays fine on defense, but on offense he forces things and only plays in garbage time during conference play.

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