Introducing: Miles Reynolds
Miles Reynolds didn't take the traditional route to Norman.
A combo guard out of Chicago, Reynolds will be a graduate student-athlete at Oklahoma for his final year of college basketball. Coming from Pacific, he will be playing for his third school in four years and his eyes set on reaching on his first NCAA Tournament.
Reynolds began his collegiate career at Saint Louis, where he averaged 8.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds during his sophomore year with the Billikens. A coaching change following his second season prompted Reynolds to explore his options on the transfer market, leading him west to Stockton, Calif., and the University of the Pacific.
The guard was required to sit out his first year in California due to NCAA transfer rules. In his lone season on the court with the Tigers (2017-18), Reynolds averaged 13.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 37.7 percent from the field. His points and assists averages both ranked 11th in the West Coast Conference.
Reynolds scored at least 15 points in over half of Pacific's games, including eight contests with at least 20 points. His aggressive play helped lead the West Coast Conference in made free throws (158) while ranking seventh in free throw percentage (.802).
Following the season, Reynolds had another decision to make. His redshirt season at Pacific enabled him to stay on course academically and earn his undergraduate degree this past spring, allowing him a chance to transfer one last time and be eligible to play immediately.
Reynolds used the opportunity to visit the OU campus, a place that instantly felt like home. He committed to the Sooners while on the visit and signed his scholarship agreement before the day was done.
"The main reason I came to Oklahoma to be a Sooner was to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament," said Reynolds. "Who better to do that with than playing for Lon Kruger, a great coaching staff and a great group of guys."
Kruger was drawn to Reynolds by both his play on the court and his experience with leadership in the locker room.
"He's really an outstanding leader," said Kruger. "A combo guard who can play the point, can play the off. He's very good with the ball, good making plays for others, can score it as well. He's a guy that will impact right away.”
When asked to describe his style of play, Reynold focused not just on his skills, but on the effort and focus he commits to in practice and games.
"I'm the type of player that every possession, I'm going to play as hard as I can and give 100 percent effort," said Reynolds. "I play extremely hard on defense, am aggressive on offense, knock down open shots, live in the lane and make plays for others. Just lead. I'm a natural leader and try to lead by example."
With only one season remaining in his collegiate career, Reynolds knows he's on the clock and desires to bring that effort and focus for each moment of his final year.
"As a grad transfer, I'm kind of in a one-and-done situation, so I don't have much time to waste," said Reynolds. "We've hit the ground running this summer and I'm hoping for a great season. We start practicing in September and I'm really looking forward to that."