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Wisconsin Basketball Lands Commitment From Wyoming Transfer Noah Reynolds



Wisconsin Basketball commit Noah Reynolds
Jan 17, 2023; Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; Wyoming Cowboys guard Noah Reynolds (21) gestures in the first half against the Air Force Falcons at Clune Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Madison, Wis. — The Wisconsin basketball program received its first offseason commitment from transfer guard Noah Reynolds on Wednesday evening. The pledge comes just one week after he visited Madison.

A Peoria, Illinois native, Reynolds spent his first two years in college at Wyoming. He averaged 8.1 points and 1.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc in 42 career games with the Cowboys.

Reynolds is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, lefty combo guard. He is a terrific pick & roll ball handler and very good at finishing around the rim (70th percentile in the country in both areas, per Synergy). This past season he averaged 14.5 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 48.1% shooting from the field in 25 minutes per game.

“Noah is a guy that doesn’t come from much,” Wyoming coach Jeff Linder said. “He’s had to earn everything he’s gotten. Those are the types of guys I can coach. Those guys have a chip on their shoulder, they’ve got some fight in them, and they love to play.”

The Notre Dame High School standout only appeared in 19 games for the Pokes in 2022-23 because he was shut down for health reasons in February after suffering his third concussion in six months during a loss at San Jose State.

Reynolds started 10 of the 42 games he appeared in for the Cowboys during his career and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

What Noah Reynolds Brings to the Wisconsin Badgers

Noah Reynolds’ game is almost perfectly hand-crafted for how modern basketball operates + how Greg Gard prefers to run his offensive system.

And by that, I mean 48.6% of his shot attempts came at the rim, per HoopMath, which would have only been second to Tyler Wahl last season. More importantly, Reynolds averaged 1.24 points per possession when finishing at the cup, which ranked in the 70th percentile in college basketball. 

Additionally, 33.8% of the sophomore guard’s shots came from beyond the arc, where he averaged 0.95 points per possession, placing him in the 56th percentile despite having 3.8 attempts per game on a ridiculous 32.6 USG%. In short, those are solid numbers for a massive role increase on a team that required him to take a lot of shots. 

The 6-foot-3 guard had 218 shot attempts last season, and 199 of them either came from attacking the rim or taking a jumper (73 of his 99 attempts were 3’s). 

One downside is that he finished the season with more turnovers (51) than assists (39), which needs to improve. That said, his assist rate went up from freshman to sophomore year, and his turnover rate dipped slightly, which shows growth and maturity from one year to the next. 

Why Noah Reynolds Addition to the Wisconsin Basketball Program Makes Sense

I love the addition of Noah Reynolds to the Wisconsin basketball program, and he fills multiple voids that Greg Gard and the Badgers needed to fill this offseason. 

Reynolds gives UW a scoring guard with size and playmaking ability to spell Hepburn and the other guards without sacrificing offense. He is also a solid shooter, excels slashing and playing out the pick & roll, and, more importantly, is a proven scorer that should see his efficiency numbers rise with a lesser role. 

For reference, Reynolds finished with a 2.4 PRPG, per Barttorvik, which would have been the third-highest on the Badgers this past season.

Wisconsin gets an experienced scoring option off the bench (presumably) and some much-needed depth, which plagued the Badgers this past season.

Tip of the cap to coach Gard for acquiring Noah Reynolds; he’s undoubtedly an asset. 

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