Former Villanova basketball forward Darryl Reynolds is a national champion, college graduate, professional basketball player, and now a talk show host.
Since graduating from Villanova in the spring of 2017, Darryl Reynolds has had a number of different experiences. The Philadelphia native had the chance to work out with the Philadelphia 76ers before the 2017 NBA Draft, and then ended up in Dubai for a few days. After learning he had the opportunity to play with the 76ers Summer League team, Reynolds made his way back to Philadelphia and to the Utah Summer League with the 76ers and played three games before heading back home. Reynolds then went on to play in The Basketball Tournament with the Villanova alumni team, Supernova.
Reynolds ended up playing the 2017-18 season in Poland with Start Lublin, a member of the Polish Basketball League. The PBL is the highest basketball league in Poland, and for the first time in their history they made the Polish Cup with Reynolds averaging 8.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks, per realgm.com.
As his Instagram explains, Reynolds was playing at La Salle when he suffered a torn ACL, along with tearing a few other ligaments in or around the knee, or as Reynolds put it, “All things you need to play basketball”.
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May 30th 2018 I walked into LaSalle’s gym to play competitively for the first time in 5 weeks. I’m immediately surprised to see Kira in the gym, i’m not surprised to see her with a camera. We hug and I began to warm up a few minutes later. After the workout, we began to play 5 on 5 and, to no surprise, i’m rusty as hell. I decide my second game won’t go like my first, and on the first play I put my hands in the passing lane, get a steal and go coast to coast. On the lay up, the guy who I was defending channels his 2016 Game 7 Lebron and goes for the chase down. I come down on a straight leg and my knee collapses backwards. I don’t know what I hurt, i just know it’s bad. 30 minutes later Kira and I are in the car, I tell joke after joke to avoid the pain. She says she’s sorry once again and I tell her it’s ok because it hit me in that moment that a lot of writing was about to get done. #StayTunedwDrey
Having to put his basketball career on hold as he rehabbed, Reynolds decided to do something he’s always wanted to do, be in front of the camera and have a talk show. With the help of his family, friends, and professors, including former Villanova graduate and basketball manager Keith Jones, “Stay Tuned with D.Rey” was born.
Using the Black Box Studio on campus in Garey Hall with students behind the cameras, Reynolds filmed over a dozen interviews with various Villanova alumni, and members of the current Villanova Basketball team.
Saturday night in Driscoll Theater Reynolds premiered four interviews and filmed four more live, all while helping out a great cause. Attendance was free, but you could make a donation to Philadelphia Youth Basketball, an organization dedicated to giving the youth in Philadelphia role models and a safe place to play the game they love. Kids currently in the program were also in attendance, giving them a chance to meet a National Champion. Those in attendance were treated to Reynolds full interviews with Eric Paschall, Keith Jones, Kris Jenkins, and Donte DiVincenzo.
Additionally, Reynolds had live interviews with Father Rob, Ashley Howard, Keith Jones, and Kenny Holdsman, President and CEO of Philadelphia Youth Basketball. All eight interviews show Reynolds personality and humor, and show that he should very well have a job in broadcasting when his playing days are over.
Reynolds and his guests talk about basketball and Villanova, but they often go a lot deeper and explore many interesting stories. The city of Philadelphia, relationships, faith, and even Fortnite are all topics brought up throughout Reynolds interviews.
Unfortunately, there is currently no way for those not in attendance to watch the full interviews (except the one with Kris Jenkins which just dropped, click here to watch), but where does Darryl Reynolds go from here?
Well, Stay Tuned.