Courtesy: Wichita State Athletics
WICHITA, Kan. — A high-scoring, high school guard from Newark, Ark. is latest member of Wichita State’s 2016 men’s basketball recruiting class. Head coach Gregg Marshall announced the signing of Austin Reaves to a National Letter of Intent, Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5 Reaves averaged 32.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists, while leading Cedar Ridge High School to a 36-3 record and the Arkansas Class 3A State Championship.
Reaves – a two-time all-state selection in Class 3A – tallied over 2,500 career points. He earned all-conference and all-region honors in each of his four seasons and was part of three state championship squads.
“His scoring numbers stand out, because that’s what he needed to do in order for his high school team to be successful, but we think Austin is the complete package,” Marshall said. “Growing up in a basketball family, he’s already developed a great skillset. He handles the ball well, plays good fundamental defense, and has a knack for getting to the foul line. He’s also a guy who excels at making plays for others.”
A steady diet of double teams failed to slow Reaves in his senior season. He scored a career-high 73 points in a December, triple-overtime win over Forrest City – the eventual Class 5A state champion. His final line in that game: 18-of-26 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range, and 34-of-38 at the line.
Reaves turned heads in January, racking up 56, 49 and 57 points over a three-day stretch against large classification schools to lead Cedar Ridge to the NEA Tournament title. In the championship game, he sparked a comeback from 14-points down by scoring all 33 of Cedar Ridge’s fourth-quarter points.
In March, the Timberwolves reeled off four state tournament wins, all by 15-plus points. Reaves averaged 43.3 points to take home MVP honors.
An underrated prospect whose stock improved significantly over the course of his senior year, Reaves jumped to third on the Arkansas Fab-40 list and is a Rivals 3-Star prospect. He committed to Wichita State in mid-January.
Reaves’ is the son of two former Arkansas State basketball players. His mother, Nicole Wilkett, was an All-Sun Belt Conference forward who averaged 21.3 points per game during her final season, and father, Brian Reaves, still ranks in the top-5 on ASU’s career assists chart.
Reaves joins three fall signees in the 2016 recruiting class: prep school guard, C.J. Keyser (Baltimore, Md./Brewster Academy (N.H.)), junior college point guard Daishon Smith (Jacksonville, Fla./Tallahassee CC), and JUCO forward Darrlyn “Darral” Willis (Madison, Wisc./Pearl River (Miss.) CC).