Feel free to exhale, Villanova fans.
Scottie Reynolds is staying, a source told the Daily News.
The freshman and his coach, Jay Wright, met today but the meeting only reaffirmed Reynolds' gut feeling, namely that he should return for his sophomore season.
The Big East Rookie of the Year, Reynolds had a breakout season for the Wildcats, emerging as an unexpected scoring threat. He averaged 14.8 points per game, second only to Curtis Sumpter, and tossed in a record-breaking 40 at Connecticut last month.
Despite those numbers, few would disagree with Reynolds' decision. In what is expected to be an extremely talented draft pool, the odds of being selected in the first round were slim for the point guard and even the so-called "testing the waters" route has its perils. The NBA only allows underclassmen to visit NBA camps without penalty (as long as they pay for the travel and don't sign with an agent) once during the course of a player's career. Reynolds certainly is wise to save that option for another year.
Villanova is expected to formally announce Reynolds' decision tomorrow.