If Allan Ray’s traveling call in 2005 made for the worst sporting event I ever attended live, Scottie Reynolds’ run to glory in 2009 may have been the best.
Now Reynolds, almost the archetype for a college star without NBA ability, is playing in Israel and can barely name a player on the current team.
Reynolds acknowledges that he doesn’t keep up much with what’s going on back at Villanova, for whatever the reasons. He hasn’t talked to Wright in “probably” a few years. He’s on the other side of the world by himself, now that his young daughter is living with her mother in the States. But he sounds as if he’s doing mostly what he wants to. He found out that these Wildcats had made it to another Final Four when Allan Ray called him, not long after their Elite Eight win over Kansas. It’s his way.
“It’s my sixth year (over there), and I love it,” he said. “If this is what you want to do, you kind of make it work. It’s hard being away from your family, but you realize you’re doing it for a bigger purpose.
“I haven’t met a player since I left. I’ve got so many other things I’m concentrating on. The only player I could name is Jalen Brunson, and that’s just because of his father Rick. But I stay in close contact to a lot of the guys I was with. They tell me what’s going on. I knew they had a chance to go (to Houston). I’m happy for the program. I had my time. I want everybody else to have theirs.”
Odd. Scottie always seemed like kind of a strange bird who marched to a slight different beat. But I’m legit surprised he’s this detached from the program, when you have guys like Kyle Lowry – who’s having extreme next-level success – peering at the game though a press conference, Allan Ray and others tweeting about it, and Dante Cunningham beaming over the team’s recent success and saying he’d like to figure out a way to get to the Final Four: