Off The Boards – January 23, 2019

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

January 23, 2019 Edition

Somebody (probably Travel Magazine) should think about doing a feature on former Villanova star Scottie Reynolds. The 6-2 guard, now in his 9th season as a pro, is currently playing for Hapoel Holon in Israel, his second time with that team. Second only to Kerry Kittles on Villanova’s all-time scoring list, Reynolds has played in nine different countries in three different continents. Those include Italy, Turkey, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Russia. Add a stint in the G-League, and you can see that the young man has been piling up some pretty impressive AirTravel miles. 

A first team All-American in 2010, he was named to the All Big 5 team in each of his four seasons when the Wildcats went 99-40, including a trip the Final Four in 2009. In his senior year he won the Geasey award as the city’s Most Outstanding Player. 

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As the years go by, sometimes we forget about great players from the past, the perfect example being Temple’s John Baum. The captain and best player on the Owls NIT Champions of 1968-69, he averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds in his three-year career, and was all Big 5 first team each season. In addition, he’s one of the finest gentlemen you would ever meet. So, this will serve as a well-deserved Boards salute to a veteran Big 5 Hall of Famer.

Next week we’ll give props to another player from earlier years.

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Interesting that as of yesterday, the top five scorers in the country are all little guys. Leading the way is 5-9 senior Chris Clemons, 29.2, from Campbell; then 6-1 freshman Antoine Davis 27.2, who plays for his dad, Mike, at Detroit Mercy; Justin Wright-Foreman, a 6-2 senior at Hofstra is at 26.2; Purdue’s 6-1 junior Carsen Edwards puts up 24.6 a game; and Markus Howard, Marquette’s 5-11 junior, completes the field with 24.4 points per game.

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Trivia Time: Who is Division One’s all-time assists leader? Answer at the end of the column.

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This and That: Another impressive win for streaking Villanova at Butler last night, and it looks to me that grad transfer Joe Cremo is going to play a more important role as we move down the stretch….  Kudos to Brandon Randolph, Arizona’s 6-6 sophomore who has boosted his average from 3.7 last season to a team leading 15.4 this year. That’s the biggest jump in Division 1….What’s going on at Wake Forest? Over the last 8 years the Deacons have averaged 19 losses, and currently, in his 5th season, coach Danny Manning is 62-83. Ouch!….Have to love Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ. The 6-10 senior is an extremely hard worker, very talented, and never showboats….Here’s a surprise: The New York Knicks all-time steals leader is Patrick Ewing….Upcoming: La Salle is at Fordham tonight, then Temple has two big ones, hosting Memphis tomorrow, tough Cincinnati on Sunday; On Saturday, it’s St. Joe’s – Penn at the Palestra, while Drexel visits Delaware. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center, Nova has Seton Hall.

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Answer to Trivia Time: Duke’s Bobby Hurley handed out 1,076 assists.

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