Scottie Reynolds, the first AP All-American to go undrafted since the ABA-NBA merger after starring four years at Villanova, has told his team in Italy that he'll be returning stateside after signing with them in early August.
Reynolds, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, signed with Prima Veroli in Italy's second division shortly after a stint with the Phoenix Suns' Summer League team in which he impressed enough to have earned a training camp invite from the team. After just four games with the team, though, he apparently became homesick and will return stateside by the end of the weekend.
"The player has expressed a desire to go home and we certainly can not force him to stay against his will," a team official said on the team's website. "With his attorneys we are trying to find a solution, but the player has already made the decision."
It was rumored that Reynolds' play for Veroli - a team that plays in Italy's second division - had the team possibly looking to send him home anyway, but his statistics don't necessarily back that up. In four games with the team, he was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 12.3 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 55% from inside the arc. His three-point percentage, though, was a paltry 26 percent as he made just 5-of-19 from beyond the arc.
More likely, it wasn't necessarily that he was playing poorly but that he simply wasn't living up to his contract as his agent Lee Melchionni told the Philadelphia Daily News back when Reynold's decided to play in Italy that "the offer is something that blew us out of the water."
Since the European route didn't work out for him, Reynold's current options include either hoping an NBA team will sign him or to play in the NBA Development League and hope for a call-up.