Basketball runs deep in North Carolina. It’s the sport of the state and runs deep in the state’s blood. David Reynolds from Raleigh, North Carolina is no exception. The Ravenscroft School’s star forward’s life revolves around the game, and his dedication is making him a target of many different colleges for his signature. David’s commitment and love of the sport began when he was a child; leading him to join Ravenscroft’s basketball team as a freshman.
“I have been playing basketball ever since I was born,” Reynolds said. “I have always loved sports and competition, playing every sport from tennis to football.”
Reynolds said playing in March Madness is an ultimate objective of his, attributing part of his dedication to his basketball-obsessed home state.
“ My collegiate goals are to be a part of a team, contribute significantly to win the conference and play in the NCAA National Tournament in March,” he said. “Growing up in North Carolina, a dream of mine has always been to be a part of March Madness as a college basketball player.”
David’s goals start with a college choice, and he’s off to a good start playing at the Ravenscroft School. Many basketball players from Ravenscroft have gone on to find success at the collegiate and even the professional level. Ryan Kelly, who won a national championship at Duke, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2013 NBA draft, is an alumnus of Ravenscroft.
Other accomplishments of Ravenscroft players at the collegiate level include multiple ACC Champions, multiple NCAA Champions, an All-MEAC performer, All-Big South Freshman team selection and even a member of Team USA’s U18 Men’s Basketball team graduated from Ravenscroft.
Reynolds said these players have motivated him as all their journeys began at the same high school. “Ryan Kelly has inspired me in a sense that I know it’s possible to make it pro coming out of Ravenscroft,” he explained. “Others, like Marc Campbell, have proven that playing overseas is a great option as well. Along with the players, [Ravenscoft] coach Kevin Billerman’s experience and understanding of the game, having played at Duke, has helped me more than any AAU program that I have been a part of.”
Reynolds has excelled in the classroom as well as the court, maintaining a 3.6 GPA through three years. He said his success in the classroom has given him more options for college, as playing for an Ivy League school may be possible.
“What I’m looking for in a school is competitive basketball and a commitment to academic excellence,” Reynolds explained. “I am considering multiple schools at this point moving into the July Live Period. I really like some schools in the Ivy League, but PAC-12, A-10, and Big South have caught my eye as well.”
Reynolds has been hitting the weight room hard this offseason in order to get ready for his senior season, and to be prepared for the psychically of the college game, he said. Reynolds hopes that his hard work and strengths will transition smoothly to the collegiate level, and that he will be able to take advantage and create his own opportunities on the court.
“I feel the most comfortable with the ball in my hands: scoring, rebounding and passing. What I need to work on is lateral quickness and my strength. I want to be able to control what I can control. That is getting better, stronger and faster so when an opportunity presents itself, I will be ready,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds said he likes to reflect the game and mindset of Doug McDermott into his own, who was named the Naismith College Player of the Year this past season despite lacking the pure athleticism of other college stars.
“I have always loved his game and how he can score in multiple different ways, but what I most admire about McDermott is how he achieved his goals,” Reynolds explained. “By working hard and never giving up he was able to persevere and be recognized as one of the top players in the country.”
However, after winning the conference and being named to the All-Area First Team last season, Reynolds fell short of his biggest high school goal.
“My ultimate goal in my senior season is to win a state championship,” Reynolds said. “Obviously winning the conference and personal accolades are good, but winning a state championship is something that will last forever.”