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Need for Speed: Tyreke Evans

On Memorial Day weekend Tyreke took home another trophy in becoming the summer's fastest NBA racer

Speeding, we’re all guilty of doing it some time or another while driving on the roadways, but the Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, the NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year, took it to an entirely different level this past Memorial Day weekend. Like most NBA minor misconducts during the offseason, Evans’s crime went forgotten among most fans, but that’s no longer the case.

Now, Evans’s joy ride with a buddy has hit the YouTube world somehow and it’s sure to create some buzz. The video is taken from a California Highway Patrol chopper and it follows Evans in his purple Mercedes Benz for an extended amount of time as he travels at speeds ranging from 120 to 130 miles per hour. The footage shot is no different from clips you would see on such as World’s Wildest Police Chases or Cops with full audio and full video that is very graphic. At the end of Evans’s run from trouble with law enforcement he’s stopped at a local school parking lot and arrested at gunpoint.

It’s looks as though the school is not in session, but the school grounds definitely have some activity at the time the arrest was made. One thing that really stands out is that from the overhead shot of the helicopter it looks as though there are people playing basketball on the outdoor courts at the time. Can you imagine, heading to the park to meet up with some of you’re buddies and wham! You’re immediately stunned in witnessing you’re favorite and team’s best player being arrested at gun point, crazy!

Rest assured, the 20-year-old phenom learned his lesson that summer day in Sacramento. According to SI.com, Evans pleaded no contest to reckless driving, was sentenced to 80 hours of community service, ordered to a teen-driving program, and has his license suspended for 30 days.

It’s unfortunate that Evans’s first NBA offseason won’t be a memorable as he would’ve hoped. Instead of working on his game in the gym, he’ll be doing 80 hours of service to the Sacramento community, which surely won’t count as an NBA Cares program. And if you’re a teenage Kings fan growing up in the Sacramento area, now’s the time to ask mom and dad for driving school! Along with you’re permit, be sure you wear your Kings gear and bring a black sharpie to the classroom.  This incident is just another example of how just how young some of these kids in the league are and why many of them need to a close eye looking out for them. Hopefully next time for Evans, that close eye won’t be the California Highway Patrol.

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Scottie Reynolds: Rise Like a Phoenix

By: Ross Geiger

Eighteen and a half points per game, forty percent from long range, his team’s go-to player, his school’s second all-time leading scorer, the face of his school’s basketball program, he is Scottie Reynolds. The 6’2, 190 pound point guard had a spectacular college career at Villanova, now Reynolds continues his spectacular story.

It’s starts as birth born in Huntsville, Alabama where his teenage mother gave him up for adoption. Growing up in a warm household, Reynolds was brought up well, and his upbringing carried over to the basketball court. In the state of Virginia, Reynolds is widely regarded as one of the top scorers in basketball history. As a senior at Herndon High School in Herndon, Virginia, Reynolds averaged 28.4 points per outing, dropped 4.5 assists, and was a thief snagging an 4 steals nightly.

Entering his freshmen season with the Villanova Wildcats, it didn’t take Reynolds to long to adjust and went onto to be named the 2006-2007 Big East Rookie of the Year. As just a sophomore, Reynolds led the Wildcats in scoring totaling 15.9 points per game, helping make the push to a Sweet 16 berth. During his first year as an upperclassman, Reynolds took his team to even greater heights come time for the big dance. In the Elite Eight matchup against the Pittsburgh Panthers, Reynolds known for his clutch performances drilled a game-winning bucket with 0.5 seconds remaining, which led ‘Nova to the 2009 Final Four in Detroit. As a senior, Reynolds helped his team to a 25-8 overall record, but unfortunately made an early exit as the #2 seed in the tournament. The disappointing loss to St. Mary’s in the second round not only put his dreams of winning an NCAA Championship to rest, but also held him short of becoming the Villanova’s program all-time leading scorer. Reynolds was just 21 points shy of the feat trailing only former NBA guard Kerry Kittles. But make no mistake, Reynolds received the well-deserved recognition he deserved as a senior being named to the 2010 AP All-American 1st team becoming only the fourth player in school history to do so.

After one heck of a career at Villanova, Reynolds was set on entering the 2010 NBA Draft and that’s where his story becomes even more spectacular. Reynolds, an AP All-American, surprisingly went undrafted on draft night. But please, don’t begin to feel sorry for the talented youngster; if anything this is a blessing in disguise. Though Reynolds made many of his accomplishment look easy during his high school and college days, this next step will be a bit more challenging to overcome. He’s an undersized NBA guard who many scouts question whether he’s got the capabilities to be an NBA floor general.

Reynolds entered NBA Las Vegas Summer League camp with a chip on his shoulder, out to prove the critics wrong as a member of the Phoenix Suns. In just three games (due to injury) Reynolds had some highs and some lows, yet showed enough upside that the Suns immediately offered him a training camp invite. His summer league line: 10.3 ppg on 47% field goals, 44% behind the arc, and was a perfect 100% from the charity stripe, to go along with 4.7 assists per game. In each of his three summer league games, Reynolds built upon each performance and by the his third and final game against the D-League Select team he scored 16 points and added 3 assists in limited minutes.

Best Be Sure He's Keepin' His Head High

A variety of NBA teams have extended training camp invites to Reynolds and he’s yet to make his decision. But I’ll be willing to bet, Reynolds’s story as an undrafted NBA rookie hasn’t quite ended yet in the Valley of the Sun. If and when Reynolds accepts the Suns training camp spot, I expect Reynolds to continue to grow as an NBA professional and will rise like a Phoenix as one of the most underrated NBA rookies next season. He’s in a great situation as member of the Phoenix Suns, not only can he learn from one of the best point guards the game has ever seen in Steve Nash, but his offensive game can flourish in the Suns style of play.

With the departure of Taylor Griffin (waived) this past week, I fully expect to see Scottie Reynolds a Phoenix Sun next season. From what I’ve been hearing the Phoenix Suns are very high on him and at this point I see it nearly a no-brainer that he makes the final roster. He’d most likely spend much of the year traveling back and forth between D-League and call-ups, but with Nash’s aching back always in question, you never know when he may be called upon. But if his time comes and his number is called, Scottie Reynolds will be ready to step up to the challenge that awaits as he has all his life. Making transitions look easy is something Scottie Reynolds has done his entire life, so why shall it stop now?

After all, NBA teams allowing him to go undrafted only fuels his fire. If there is one kid, one story to watch this season it may in fact be Scottie Reynolds. If there is to be another Wesley Matthews type scenario be in store this season, look no further.