J.R. Reynolds Gains Experience With Traveling Team
May 25, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia guard J.R. Reynolds averaged 12.7 points a game with the Upstate Basketball Touring Team from New York during a recent seven-game trip to Nassau in the Bahamas. The team was comprised of college players and won all seven of its games on the trip, including two victories over the Bahamian National Team.
Reynolds led the team with 18 points in the final game of the trip against the Bahamian National Team. He led the team with 23 points in another victory, the most points he scored in a game during the trip.
Other members of the team included Antonio Anderson (Memphis), Joey Dorsey (Memphis), Anthony Farmer (Rutgers), Matt Gorman (Syracuse), Lamont Hamilton (St. John’s), Gerald Inman (Rutgers), Anthony Mason, Jr. (St. John’s), Demetrius Phillips (Fordham) and Andy Rautins (Syracuse).
The team’s coaches were Jim Carr (assistant coach at Rutgers), Fred Quartlebaum (assistant coach at St. John’s) and Derek Kellogg (assistant coach at Memphis).
Mickey Walker, the director of Upstate Basketball, indicated Reynolds had an opportunity to play a significant amount at point guard during the trip.
“The trip was a good experience for me,” Reynolds said. “I played with great guys. Everybody was unselfish and just wanted to win, so it made the transition easy for me. It was also an opportunity to see a different culture.
“The trip will definitely help me. It helped me identify some things to work and improve on this summer.”
As a junior during the 2005-06 season, Reynolds earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and was a co-recipient of Virginia’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award. He averaged 17.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game for the Cavaliers and also received the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Reynolds scored in double figures in each of the last 24 games of the season and scored at least 20 points in nine games. He ranked eighth in the ACC in scoring and ninth in free throw percentage (.776, 128-165).