We recently witnessed some of the best on-court performances by rookie Austin Reaves and power forward Rui Hachimura in the 2023 NBA playoffs.
Both these players, especially Austin, performed exceptionally well this season. He scored a career-high 35 points in a 111-105 win against the Magic on March 19, 2023.
However, the Lakers got swept in the conference finals by the Nuggets.
During their playoff run, the rookie got sweet revenge on his former teammate, Patrick Beverly, on 29 March 2023, dropping a ‘too small’ gesture during the Laker’s victory over the Bulls.
By this time, we all know he is stellar on the court but how about off the court?
Well, to kill your curiosity, he is dating his high school sweetheart Jenna Barber.
However, recently a rumor emerged on Reaves dating pop star Taylor Swift.
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|December 20, 2000
|23 Years Old
|Newark, Arkansas, United States
|Newark, Arkansas, United States
|Jordan Barber Wheeler (Twin Sister)
|University of Arkansas, Arkansas Community College, Cedar Ridge High School
|5 ft 7 in/1.73 m/173 cm
|Facebook, Instagram (Private)
Early Life & Education
The Lakers rookie Austin Reaves’ girlfriend Jenna H. Barber was born on December 20, 2000, in Newark, Arkansas, United States, to her parents Sandra and Brian Barber.
The 23 year old grew up with her twin sister Jordan Barber Wheeler who got married in 2022 and lives with her husband, Keaton Wheeler, in Newark.
After completing elementary schooling at a local school, Jenna attended Cedar Ridge High School and then went on to attend Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
She graduated high school in May 2019 and college in December 2022.
How It All Started?
Austin Reaves, aka “AR-15,” and Jenna Barber met at Cedar Ridge High School and began dating shortly after.
On October 27, 2015, Barber posted a picture featuring Austin & tagged him on the occasion of their first anniversary, which is evident that the couple began dating in 2014 when they were high school students.
Fast forward to 2023, and the couple seems to be head over heels for one another.
According to Jenna’s Facebook profile, she still lives in Newark but often travels to LA to watch her love hoop.
Austin Reaves And Taylor Swift Dating Rumor Goes Viral After Spotted In A Bar
Following her breakup, Taylor Swift was reportedly seen in an Arkansas Bar this weekend with star Laker basketball player Austin Reaves.
The rumors appear to have started after a Twitter page, Hoops, tweeted about the two being spotted in a bar.
It could be just speculation, but get this, Taylor just broke up with her boyfriend, Matty Healy.
However, without official confirmation from either of them, based on the bland internet, no one has the right to bring someone’s business to the street.
About Austin Reaves
Professional basketball player Austin Reaves was born on May 29, 1998, in Newark, Arkansas, to Nicole Wilkett and Brian Reaves, both of whom played basketball at Arkansas State.
Austin grew up with his brother Spencer Reaves who played college basketball for North Greenville and Central Missouri.
Austin went to Cedar Ridge High School, where he won back-to-back Class 2A state titles in his first two years.
After high school, he played college basketball for the Wichita State Shockers and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Reaves declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, forgoing remaining college eligibility but went undrafted and signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 3, 2021.
On September 27, his contract was converted to the standard one. Austin made his NBA debut against the Suns on October 22 in a 115-105 loss.
He scored a career-high 35 points on March 19, 2023, in a 111-105 win against the Magic, in which he scored the final 10 points for the Lakers.
The Lakers got a big surprise on 26 March 2023 Sunday afternoon as LeBron James made his return to the court much sooner than expected. Unfortunately, the Lakers lost the match to the Bulls 118-108.
During the game, Bulls’ point guard Patrick Beverly did what he does best and started trolling King James, a bold move that did not pan out well for him in a match with the same team three days later.
They met at United Center on March 30, and as the Lakers were capping off their bounce-back victory, Austin Reaves scored over Beverly and returned the message to the former Laker, dropping the “too small” gesture.
Jenna Barber’s Facebook profile says that she has been working at NewarkRX, a pharmaceutical company, since August 2019, so she might be making enough to live a decent life.
Since not much is known about her salaries and other professional endeavors, it is hard to pinpoint her net worth and salary.
Reaves, so far, has made around $2.88 million from NBA salaries and incentives, so we are assuming he is worth somewhere between $500k to $1 million.
The 25 year old signed a proper contract with the Lakers on September 27, 2021, worth $2.49 million.
For the 2022-23 season, his salary is $1.56 million.
With the conclusion of this season, he will become a restricted free agent.
- Austin Reaves’s grandmother is German.
- Along with US passport, he also obtained a German passport in 2022.
- After his sophomore season, Austin transferred to the University of Oklahoma and sat out the following season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
What did LeBron James say after Austin Reaves’ “too small” gesture to Pat Bev?
When asked about Reaves’ “too small” gesture to Pat Bev, King James smiled and said, “That AR always got my back. Always. Even though he loved Kobe back in the day more than me. I forgive him.”
How tall is Austin Reaves?
The Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves stands 1.96 meters tall and weighs around 197 lbs.