It’s pretty rare to find someone from the DMV area, one who has played basketball at high levels, admit that they were a fan of the Washington Bullets growing up. It’s usually the Bulls, the Bulls, the Bulls, or whomever. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride … the Bullets/Wizards usually are.
Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds is the exception. Reynolds spent a good chunk of his life growing up in Virginia, playing for Herndon High School where he was named a McDonald’s All-American as a senior in 2006. Reynolds moved on to suit up for the Wildcats and after a stellar 4-year career, was named a 2010 AP 1st Team All-American.
As a combo guard, Reynolds doesn’t have the highest prospects for the NBA Draft. ESPN projects him as someone who could go in the second round or undrafted, and both DraftExpress and NBADraft.net do not list him in their respective two-round mocks. This past Tuesday, Reynolds worked out with his hometown Washington Wizards.
Which brings me to why, assuming you are a Wizards/Bullets fan, you should root for Scottie Reynolds … because he is a fan just like you. When asked how much he followed the Wizards (Bullets) growing up, Reynolds opened up the floodgates. He said he was at the very last game played at the USAir Arena, a loss to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls on November 29, 1997; he kept both his ticket and t-shirt giveaway from the game. He also attended the second game at the MCI (now Verizon) Center, a win against Mitch Richmond and the Sacramento Kings. Reynolds then started running off names of players he rooted for — Tracy Murray, Chris Whitney, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Tim Legler — saying it’d be a “dream come true” to play for the organization.
Below, check out Reynolds’ post workout interview video, where he talks about the Bullets and calls Randy Foye his “big brother,” and footage from him on the Wizards practice court … courtesy of Adam Douglas.