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Shavar Reynolds, Jr.

School

Seton Hall University

Position
Guard
Major
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Classroom

Reynolds, Jr. has been a model student in the classroom at Seton Hall, holding a grade-point average above 3.5. Reynolds, Jr. has been recognized as a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic team three times, and was a 2020 selection to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.

Character

Reynolds, Jr. is as high character as they come. The son of a U.S. Naval Chief, Reynolds, Jr. has an incredible work ethic and has spent his life building to become the man he is today.

After not receiving a Div. I scholarship offer, Reynolds, Jr. tried out to be a walk-on at Seton Hall and earned a roster spot and was awarded a scholarship after a successful freshman season. Rather than be satisfied, Reynolds, Jr. continued to work hard and developed into a sixth man in his junior season and then into Seton Hall’s starting point guard this year.

In addition, Reynolds, Jr. has become one of the team’s most vocal leaders, both on and off the court, helping his teammates get better and helping them find their voice during these difficult times.

Community

Reynolds, Jr. has been a part of Seton Hall-wide community events, including making food baskets for the Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry in Newark, N.J., and also speaking to kids who are aspiring journalists as part of the Write On Sports camp.

Reynolds, Jr. enjoys using his platform to share his story of overcoming his lack of Div. I scholarship offers to become a starting point guard in the BIG EAST. When his basketball career is over, Reynolds, Jr. wants to mentor the youth, telling the Asbury Park Press in a feature story: “My story is bigger than me. It’s that you can achieve whatever you want. You just have to believe in yourself and you have to work for it.”

Competition

In his first three years, Reynolds, Jr. has been a valued contributor to a Pirates team that has three 20-win seasons and top-three finishes in the BIG EAST, alongside two NCAA Tournament appearances with a third one canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reynolds, Jr. is a stout defender and was outstanding in defending some of the BIG EAST’s top performers in 2019-20, including Senior CLASS Award winner Markus Howard.

Now in his senior season, Reynolds, Jr. has developed into a strong all-around point guard. Through 13 games, Reynolds, Jr. ranks in the top five in the BIG EAST in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, three-point shooting, free throw shooting and steals.