Scouting Bryson Scott

Purdue signee Bryson Scott should bring a toughness and ability to score to the Boilermakers lineup next year.

Background: Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Northrop guard Bryson Scott picked the Purdue Boilermakers very early on in the recruiting process. The 6-foot-1 combo guard developed into one of the best players in the Hoosier State. Here is a look at what he will bring to the Boilermakers on the court during his career.

On Offense: Scott made his name early on during his high school career because of his ability to put the ball in the basket. At about 6-foot-1, maybe on a great day 6-foot-2, Scott doesn't have a defined position on the offensive end, but he just knows how to be productive.

The best thing that Scott does is attack the rim. He doesn't have elite quickness to beat guys off the dribble, but he is extremely strong and also is capable of going right or left so he keeps guys off balance.

Once Scott gets into the lane, he uses his strength and scoring moxie to make things happen. Some guys just have that natural ability to score, and Scott does. He puts the ball in the basket when in the mid-range, and also is athletic enough to finish over taller players as he gets closer to the basket.

As an outside shooter Scott is a bit overrated by some. He has the ability to clearly knock down shots, but he isn't a consistent shooter from deep. Some of that is because Scott often takes bad shots from deep as opposed to making sure his feet are set and he gets a clean look, but it is in his DNA to score, and Scott has never been shy.

Shot selection, especially from deep will be an area that Scott will have to improve, and likely will, in college, but at the moment it is one of the factors keeping him from being a high level shooter from the perimeter.

In terms of his ability to handle the ball and run a team, Scott can struggle in that mode. While he tends to play best when he has the basketball, Scott isn't someone who is adept at getting others involved, and always looks to score first and second, before looking to get others involved third.

Overall his ability to breakdown a defense, score, and the toughness he brings are huge positives, and stuff that will immediately translate. Scott has never struggled on the offensive end, and there is no reason to think he will going forward.

On Defense: While Scott might get a little too much credit from some for his ability to score, he probably doesn't get enough credit from others for what he brings on the defensive end.

Toughness is always the key word to use when describing Scott, and it is no more apparent than on the defensive end. While not super long or super quick, Scott just plays so hard with so much intensity that he can really guard, especially when he is defending the ball.

Scott does an excellent job, even against quicker point guards, of staying front. He does that by applying significant ball pressure and then also does it by making the offensive player uncomfortable. Scott has so much physical strength that he can knock drivers off their path simply with his chest when moving his feet and defending.

Another good thing is Scott is capable of guarding both backcourt spots. While a little undersized when defending some shooting guards, Scott is strong enough and tough enough to be very good when defending taller players. So while Scott might not be the prototype to guard either spot, he has the ability to be very good on the defensive end.

Like most high school players Scott must get better when defending off the ball as he can freelance and a little bit and lose focus allowing his man to score or breaking down with the system, but that is quite typical of most high school players.

Overall: Quite simply there is no reason to think that Scott won't make an impact right away for Purdue. At times the Boilermakers lacked toughness on the defensive end, especially on the perimeter, and that is exactly what Scott does best.

Also while not an elite shooter, he can make shots, and his ability to simply put the ball in the basket is something that Purdue definitely needs considering the struggles this team had at times during the 2012-13 season.

While he might never be a superstar, he is the perfect Purdue player for Matt Painter. His toughness, high motor, and disdain for losing should all fit in well with the culture at Purdue, and that usually means a very productive college career.


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