Reynolds Keeps Shining for Hoos

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J.R. Reynolds had 19 points and 12 assists against VT.

Evidently, J.R. Reynolds does not hear his critics. “He can’t dribble,” they say. “He’s not an ACC caliber two-guard,” they moan. “He just doesn’t come through in the stretch,” they cry. Yet, here he is in his third year at Virginia, helping an unheralded team win unexpected games. Reynolds doesn’t let those critics hold him back. He just keeps battling, keeps producing, and keeps helping his team win.

Look no further than the Virginia Tech game Saturday if you want to see exactly what Reynolds does on the basketball court. What he does is a little bit of everything. He shoots, drives, dishes, and defends. Against the Hokies, it all added up to 19 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 46.2 percent shooting on field goals, and 80 percent shooting on free throws. Oh, he also got a hand in the face of A.D. Vassallo in overtime to prevent a game-tying 3-pointer.

For the record, those 12 assists are not only mind-boggling from a shooting guard. They also represent the ACC’s high this year by an ACC player against an ACC team. (Duke’s Greg Paulus had 15 vs. Valparaiso, UNC’s Bobby Frasor had 12 vs. St. Louis, and Maryland’s D.J. Strawberry had 12 against Nicholls State.)

“I don’t think so. It’s very hard for a two guard to do,” Reynolds said when asked if he had ever had that many in a game before at any level. “I really wasn’t paying attention to it too much. I was so into the game, I wasn’t really paying attention to if I had a lot of assists.”

“He’s a good player and good players are going to make plays when they need to be made,” Sean Singletary said. “It was obvious that those guys were overplaying on those screens so the big guys would open up, show, and they’d be wide open down low. He had a good floor game.”