Scott Making Strides

At Northland High School there is a lot to live up to if you play on the post, and Devon Scott is making sure to follow in the footsteps.

The losses were huge for Columbus (OH) Northland High School off of last year's team that was ranked No. 1 in the country most of the season. Losing both Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon was significant, but the emergence of Devon Scott has kept the Vikings near the top of the rankings within the state.

At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Scott has always had the potential to be an impact guy. However up until this season the 2012 prospect hadn't been able to put it together. Scott is now averaging nearly a double-double every game, and has made people take notice.

"It's been a blessing more than anything to be in my position to pick up the pieces from last year," said Scott. "I have put in a lot of work in the weight room and with my skill training. I did a lot of work with my AAU team and I was prepared to step into Jared's shoes."

According to Scott the challenge of replacing Sullinger and Weatherspoon was never something that bothered him, in fact it is something that he thrives on.

"I am someone who likes a challenge," explained Scott. "It has been more fun than anything. I am trying to do my part which means getting rebounds, scoring, and playing defense. Jared and J.D. did so many things, just being in their shoes has exposed me to a lot of pressure situations. Teams are coming after us at all times, but I am up for the challenge."

Schools such as James Madison, Cleveland State, Akron, Kent, Miami-OH, Gardner Webb, Indiana State, and Georgia Southern offered Scott coming into the year, and now many others are taking a close look.

"I've been to Ohio State about four or five times," explained Scott. "UCLA was out here Friday. Cincinnati is recruiting me, West Virginia, Dayton, and I have 12 offers right now from mid-major schools. Right now I am keep my options wide open."

For now those high-major schools are just evaluating, but they are no doubt keeping a close eye on his development.

"Basically they just tell me to continue to work hard and to keep on advancing," said Scott. "By next year when I am making my decision I should be able to choose where I want to go, not where I have to go. Some people decide based on where they have to go, I will be able to choose where I want to go."

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