This season's Blue Ridge team actually is brimming with Division I prospects, and 6-5 (reclassified) junior swingman Scott Spencer is a standout. For Spencer, the presence of emerging star Mamadi Diakite has proved a vital development, as major college coaches from coast to coast have traveled that way to watch the team workout this fall and been able to put eyes on him as well.
Coast to coast is no exaggeration. Washington traveled to Blue Ridge to take a look, and the Huskies came away so impressed that, according to Spencer, they offered a scholarship.
"Yes, Washington has offered me," Spencer said. "Also, Old Dominion, Hampton, Longwood and Richmond (have offered). I also have (interest from) Radford, Liberty, William & Mary, Texas A&M, UVa and Mt. St. Mary's."
Spencer's primary asset is his feathery three-point shot. He fires up a confident, high-arching shot that looks like it's going to find the net even when he misses, and he projects as something of a specialist for the next level.
In addition to his shot, however, Spencer carries a solid frame at 6-5 and is an explosive leaper off one foot when he gets a running start. Still, he understands that there's more to the game than merely shooting and that he must become more effective creating for himself.
"Most people are recruiting me as a shooting guard," Spencer said. "I'm working on my handle, mainly, just trying to get better dribbling."
He's in no rush to make a decision, given that he only recently began to emerge onto the high-major radar. There likely will be additional offers to come, but what about the Huskies? Would he be willing to travel to Seattle for college?
"Oh, the distance doesn't matter at all. I'm just keeping my options open and want that free ride," he said with a smile.
We'll catch Spencer and his teammates in action during the high school season.