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Villanova Recruit Focus: Darryl Reynolds


Profile:

Position:  Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-8 215 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  Lower Merion High School/Worcester Academy and Philly Pride

Recruit Rankings:

ESPN 3-star recruit

Rivals.com 3-star recruit

247Sports.com’s 298th ranked recruit and 68th ranked PF

Scout.com 2-star recruit

Strengths:

Reynolds’ most notable strength as a basketball player is probably his actual strength.  He is a solid, well-built, muscular 6-foot-8 PF who can bang in the paint with great effectiveness.  He can score through power or he can use his nimble footwork to create a better scoring opportunity.  He also has a strong face-up game, allowing him to step away from the block and knock down 15 footers.  On the defensive end, his strength makes him a good defender down low and a very effective rebounder.  He also has great instincts at blocking shots.

Weaknesses:

Reynolds could use some work on his ball handling both in the paint and in the open floor.  The jump shot can use some work as well, but what PF can’t you say that for.  Just the threat of him making 15 footers is enough to stretch the defense.

How he will fit in:

As stated multiple times throughout this past week in the Villanova previews – Coach Wright isn’t returning much size from last year’s squad.  Reynolds will be the second tallest player on the team the day he walks on campus.  The height deficiency on the squad creates an enormous opportunity for Reynolds to seize.  He has the build and he has the skills, but now he just needs to bring his game at the next level.  While not a top-100 prospect like fellow incoming recruits Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart, Reynolds has the potential to be the most impactful of the three.

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