Gio Reyes is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-10, 145-pound Reyes, who attends Wharton High School, is a dynamic player that works as a point guard and shooting guard for the Tampa BayHawks.
Reyes has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as being a three-time middle school MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.
Reyes is humbled by the opportunity to compete against the best of the best and showcase his skills.
“The recognition of those awards to me means that I have taken basketball very seriously and honor the game and the game honors me with the awards I earned,” Reyes said. “Being able to compete in events against the top competition allows me to better my game and show that I can play with the best players.”
No matter the opponent, every game Reyes is determined to give it his all.
Reyes is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Reyes steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to lead and help my teammates score the ball so we can win,” Reyes said. “I’m a pass first player but I take my shots when I’m open.”
Reyes has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the hardwood. Reyes tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love the competitive edge and that finishing touch of a win,” Reyes said.
Reyes has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life.
“Playing has taught me that life can be hard but if you get through it then the sky is the limit,” Reyes said.
Reyes shares his favorite memory of playing basketball.
“My favorite memory of playing was winning district championship at home and being able to cut the net off the rim,” Reyes said.
Byron Batchelor is in his first year coaching Reyes with the Tampa BayHawks.
Batchelor explains the best parts of Reyes’ game.
“As a point guard, Gio is lighting quick and gets to the bucket. As a shooting guard, Gio is a knockdown shooter and can create his own shot. Gio is also a solid defender especially playing the passing lanes,” Batchelor said. “I love Gio’s aggressiveness and ability to score from all 3 levels.”
Reyes takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Reyes makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by not only playing and working hard on the court but off the court too,” Reyes said. “The best advice I’ve given would be to never give up because God has a way of showing you the light to your dreams.”
Batchelor adds that Reyes is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“Gio is going to play 100 percent every game,” Batchelor said. “He’s a tough competitor and good teammate.”
Reyes is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned that being able to push through hard work and hard times allows you to accomplish anything especially with support,” Reyes said. “The best advice a coach has given me would be that staying humble and honest to myself will only make me the best I can be.”
Batchelor is an advocate of Reyes’ capabilities.
“Seems like whenever we go through scoring droughts Gio will just take over offensively and get buckets or create for teammates,” Batchelor said.
In addition to his playmaking skills, Reyes also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Reyes has excellent basketball awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Gio is a little undersized but he understands angles and stabilizing defenders’ size,” Reyes said.
Reyes is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Gio has improved over the years,” Reyes said. “Gio is one of the most dynamic guards in Hillsborough County.”
Batchelor explains why he compares Reyes to this NBA player.
“I would say D.J. Augustine. Quick, shifty guard who can score from all 3 levels,” Batchelor said. “They bring a lot of electricity to team, a lot of good energy.”
Reyes patterns his mentality after this rising perimeter star.
“I look up to Trae Young because we both can shoot and are fast and crafty and make our teammates better,” Reyes said.
Reyes lists English as his favorite subject in school.
“I love learning about the English culture and how it differentiates in certain times of life,” Reyes said.
Reyes is striving for greatness in all that he does.
“My goals on the court are to play at the highest level possible which is college and possibly pro,” Reyes said. “Off the court I want to become educated and pursue a career in sports business and management.”
Batchelor believes the sky is the limit as long as Reyes continues to stay hungry.
“Gio has several college basketball teams interested. Gio will definitely play college ball,” Batchelor said. “I think Gio will be a good scorer on the next level.”
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