As the NBA draft ticked toward completion last month, Scottie Reynolds was working up a sweat. Not over the goings-on at Madison Square Garden; the former Villanova guard chose not to watch the proceedings, instead organizing a pickup game at Herndon (Va.) High. "If something good happened," says Reynolds, "everyone knew where to find me."
Unfortunately, it didn't. Despite a college résumé that includes 2,222 points and a 2009 Final Four appearance with the Wildcats, Reynolds's name went uncalled on draft night. Concerns over his size (6' 2") and ability to play the point scared teams off. He became the first AP All-America to go unselected since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. "I don't know how to explain it," says Reynolds. "My family was the most upset. I had to calm them down. But as soon as it happened, I knew something good would come out of it."
Reynolds didn't stay unemployed long. The Suns added him to their summer league roster, and he'll be in Las Vegas next week trying to land an invitation to fall training camp. As further motivation Reynolds printed out a copy of the draft board with the names of the players picked instead of him. "It's just adding to my fire," says Reynolds. "It's not going to be easy. I don't want it to be easy. But I'm going to prove I belong."