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Lower Merion's Reynolds commits to 'Nova

With the departure of 6-10 senior Mouphtaou Yarou, who averaged 9.5 points and 7.7 rebounds last season, Villanova's basketball team needed to add a big man. Especially since 6-11 Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 3.7 and 4.3 in just under 18 minutes a game as a freshman, remained the only player on the roster over 6-7.

Lower Merion's Reynolds commits to 'Nova

With the departure of 6-10 senior Mouphtaou Yarou, who averaged 9.5 points and 7.7 rebounds last season, Villanova's basketball team needed to add a big man. Especially since 6-11 Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 3.7 and 4.3 in just under 18 minutes a game as a freshman, remained the only player on the roster over 6-7.

Well, the Wildcats got some help Tuesday afternoon, when former Lower Merion High 6-8 power forward Darryl Reynolds, who is completing a post-graduate year at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, as anticipated has made a commitment to play on the Main Line for coach Jay Wright.

Reynolds made the announcement at a news conference at his former school.

He joins a class that includes two players from the Washington, D.C., area: 6-5 forward Kris Jenkins, from Gonzaga College High, who plays bigger than his size, and Josh Hart, a 6-4 small forward out of Sidwell Friends. The Wildcats will also have point guard Dylan Ennis, who sat out last season after transferring from Rice, where he started as a freshman. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Villanova won 20 games last season and made it back to the NCAA Tournament following a one-year absence. It lost to North Carolina in an 8-9 second-round game. It will return four starters and some key bench players, including top scorer JayVaughn Pinkston (12.9 average), a junior forward, and sophomore guard Ryan Arcidiacono, who led the team in minutes played at around 34 per game.

His other finalists were South Carolina and Utah.

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