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Reynolds Elected 2018-19 Captain

Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)
Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)

Third On Team In Scoring, Second In Rebounding

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Blake Reynolds has been a significant contributor for the Yale men's basketball team in each of his first three seasons. Now as he prepares for his final year, he will add an extra role. Reynolds was elected captain of the 2018-19 Bulldogs following a team vote at the annual post season banquet on Wednesday night.

"Being elected captain is a huge honor that shows me how much confidence my teammates have in me as both a player and a leader," said Reynolds, a Jackson, Missouri, native who has appeared in 82 games in his career. "I'm excited for the opportunity to lead, and I hope to carry an energy that brings the best out of everyone."

Reynolds has started all but two games over the last two years. This season, he finished 10th in the Ivy League in rebounding (5.5 rpg.) and also averaged 10.7 points, which was third on the team. He scored a career-high 20 points in the win at Cornell on 8-of-11 shooting and reached double figures in scoring 15 times.

Reynolds will have plenty of support in guiding the Bulldogs. Trey Phills, Alex Copeland and Thomas Ryan all will be seniors next year as well.

"I foresee all four seniors to carry large leadership roles on the team, and for all of us to be helpful voices to underclassmen both on and off the court," Reynolds said.

The Bulldogs will return their top five leading scorers next year after winning 16 games and finishing third in the Ivy League. Reynolds knows there is still much to accomplish before the start of the season.

"My goals for myself and the team are to continue improving in the weight room and on the court as individuals so that everyone returns in the fall prepared to put together a championship team."

Yale will head across the globe to Shanghai, China, to kick off the 2018-19 season. The Bulldogs play California in the fourth edition of the Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity