4. Scottie Reynolds
Has Scottie Reynolds left Villanova yet?
Reynolds was the face of the Villanova Wildcats for so long, that we lost track of how many years he spent at the school. In fact, most college basketball diehards struggled to remember a time in which Reynolds wasn’t with the program.
As difficult as it may be to grasp, he is gone.
For Reynolds, it all started in 2006 when he was named a McDonald’s All-American. Praised as one of the best players in the history of Virginia high school basketball, Reynolds surprisingly took on the role of a facilitator during the action, dishing out five assists in 13 minutes.
With the game concluded, the world prepared for Reynolds to appear at the University of Oklahoma. Unfortunately for the Sooners, head coach Kelvin Sampson left and Reynolds was released from his scholarship.
As anyone in the Big East will tell you, that was a terrible mistake.
Reynolds started all but three games during his career at Villanova, posting 2,222 points, 476 assists and 207 steals in the process. In that time, he led the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 2009.
Reynolds’ uncanny ability to hit the game-winning shot was a major reason for their success and led to his earning first team All-American honors in 2010.
Upon graduating, Reynolds went undrafted and made the move to Italy to play for Societa Veroli Basket. Reynolds has since played in the NBA D-League, Philippines, Turkey and made another stint back in Italy.
Reynolds remains in Italy as it presently stands, as he agreed to remain with New Basket Enel Brindisi for the rest of the season.
5. Julian Wright
Julian Wright was an All-American at both the high school and collegiate levels of play. The first of those honors came in 2005, when he joined the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams, Gerald Green, Danny Green and Mario Chalmers as McDonald’s All-Americans.
With a deep field of future NBA players around him, Wright still managed to shine with 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes. As the numbers might suggest, this was all the world needed to crown Wright as a rising star.
His time at the University of Kansas confirmed that notion.
Wright was a third-team All-American in 2007, making his mark as a go-to player during clutch situations. That includes the 2007 Big 12 Championship Game, where Wright scored 19 points to outlast Kevin Durant and the Texas Longhorns for the title.
Later that year, Wright was selected 13th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Wright would spend four years in the NBA, three of which came with the Hornets, and was instantly praised for his length and activity.
After a final season with the Toronto Raptors, however, Wright ended up in the D-League with the Austin Toros. In that time, Wright averaged 15.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, thus leading the Toros to the 2012 NBA D-League championship.
This propelled Wright into international fame, as he signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israeli Super League. In that time, Wright has been sensational, developing as a scorer, defender and rebounder with averages of 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. He is known in Israel as “The first one in the gym and the last one out.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDITION 1: From Jonny Flynn to Gilbert Arenas
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDITION 2: From Juan Dixon to Gerry McNamara
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDITION 3: From Sean May to Marcus Fizer
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDITION 4: From Jonathan Bender to Jordan Farmar
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDITION 5: From Acie Law to Shelden Williams
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? EDITION 6: From Taurean Green to Andres Nocioni
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? EDITION 7: From Eddy Curry to Marcus Haislip
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? EDITION 8: REVISITING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: EDITION 9: Revisiting the McDonald’s All-American Game
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