- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Herndon’s Scottie Reynolds showcased his skills Monday for new Wizards coach Flip Saunders and franchise brass as part of a predraft workout at Verizon Center.

“I feel good about it. It went well,” said the 6-foot-2, 190-pound scorer from Villanova. He joined fellow guards Jerel McNeal (Marquette), Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin) and Mike Rose (Eastern Kentucky) in an intense, 80-minute session.

“Right now, I’m going to take a shower, get cleaned up and get on the phone looking for the next one of these to see where I’ll end up next,” Reynolds added. “It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

Reynolds averaged 15.2 points and 3.4 assists during Villanova’s run to the Final Four. His game-winning bucket in the East Region final against Pittsburgh was arguably the tournament’s most memorable moment.

The junior has not hired an agent and has until June 15 to pull his name out of the draft.



“I’m approaching it like I’m not going to be back at Villanova,” said Reynolds, who worked out for Houston on Thursday and is hoping to hear from other teams. “Either way, if I go into the NBA or I go back to school, I’m going to be in a blessed position. It’s not like I don’t want to go back to school or vice versa. I’m going into this 100 percent, not just for the experience but to try to get better and to try and make a team and get people interested in me.”

Reynolds has spent the past two seasons focusing on his setup skills and defense in an attempt to make a transition to point guard. His shooting ability has never been questioned, and his superb stroke was in evidence Monday. But given that he lacks the size of a prototypical shooting guard, Reynolds needs to demonstrate he has the quickness, defensive prowess and playmaking ability to play point guard in the NBA.

“I think everyone pretty much knows that I’ve got to work on my decision-making, and that just comes with experience,” he said. “But I have a willingness to learn and work.”

Team policy forbids anyone with the Wizards from commenting on predraft workouts or player evaluation, but most analysts have projected Reynolds as a second-round pick if he remains in the draft.

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