Saying Goodbye to an East Star

By Max Brown

On Aug. 10, just before the start of East High School’s 2020-21 school year, East’s star forward Langston Reynolds publicly announced via Instagram that he would continue his high school basketball career at Colorado Prep Academy (CPA), instead of playing his junior and senior seasons with the Angels. 

In only his third year of competitive basketball, Reynolds burst onto the scene for the Angels scoring an average of 11 points in his sophomore season. Ranked as the number one player in Colorado for the class of 2022, Reynolds has received college interest from across the state and an offer from San Diego State on Aug. 24, the alma mater of NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard. As for around the state of Colorado, Langston has made headlines for showing off his vertical jump on multiple occasions by throwing down dunks in many of the Prep League matchups. He also held his own when facing T.J. Bamba, the six-foot-five combo guard from Lincoln committed to Washington State. Reynolds recorded two blocks, one of which was on a breakaway dunk attempt when he denied Bamba at the rim

When Langston committed to CPA, it didn’t come as a surprise to most. Colorado isn’t well known for its basketball recruiting status, and CPA looks to play a non-CHSAA affiliated schedule, touring the country looking to play some of the best highschool competition. When asked about how he felt about Reynolds leaving to play for another school this winter, senior forward for the Angels Sander Squibb commented, “I’m not disappointed that he left. He’s a great player and this is a big step up for a guy like him… I’m sad that I lost a friend.” 

Despite the loss of arguably the best forward in the state, Squibb sees no stopping the Angles in the 2021 season, “I think we’ll be able to fill in the gaps this year. Guys who play similar positions are just going to have to stand up.”

Notable returnees for the 2021 season are point Guard Quis Davis who averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.7 assists. He will be assisted by University of Denver commit Boston Stanton who averaged 5.6 points per game. The Angels look to redeem themselves this year after a disappointing loss in the early rounds of the state playoffs to cross-town rival George Washington.