DraftExpress is going through each conference and listing their top NBA draft prospects for this upcoming season. For the Big East, their 10 person list of viable NBA draft prospects included 1 Xavier player: Jalen Reynolds.
The sophomore, Reynolds, was #9 on their list, with the top 3 out of the Big East: Whitehead (SH), Obekpa (SJ), and Jordan (SJ)
Their analysis on Jalen’s draft potential:
“Reynolds’ physical tools give him a chance to play at the highest level, but he will need to make sure he can stay on the court this year while becoming a bigger piece of the Xavier rotation, as he’s already somewhat behind the curve age-wise (22 as a sophomore). If he does this and accepts the role handed to him as a rebounder and defender, while showing an ability to score in the post, by the end of the season the picture may be a little clearer (on his draft stock).”
Reynolds strengths are his athletic ability, offensive rebounding, size, and his post-game. He does, however, needs to improve his maturity level, his shot, and overall defensive play.
The main topic of discussion with Reynolds has always been his maturity level/off the court issues. He not only saw his minutes dwindle at the end of last year, but was suspended for 2 games. Its a tough line to draw with Reynolds because the energy and emotion he plays with is what makes him a good player, and viable to Xavier, especially his leadership for this years young team.
The bottom line with Reynolds is that he does have the size and athletic ability to be one of the best forwards to come through Xavier, but he still has some room for improvement. This could be a huge year for him, especially after seeing some highlights from the offseason (see below) of his improved footwork and offensive skill set.
A big year from the redshirt sophomore could very well result in some NBA draft rumblings.