Scott Has List of Eight; Plans Visits

Durand Scott took a trip to a Big East school this past weekend and he'll head cross country in a few weeks. The talented wing updated on the latest in his recruitment.

Durand Scott has always received attention from high majors, but this past summer his stock rose and new schools began jumping in the mix. Now, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing is focusing more on the recruiting process and starting to narrow his list.

"I'm down to a couple of schools," the New York (N.Y.) Rice standout said. "I'm trying to get it down to five over time and I'm going to take some more visits."

At this point he's looking at UCLA, Tennessee, Memphis, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Xavier and Miami. Of the schools involved, UCLA and Tennessee are the only schools that he hasn't visited.

His most recent trip was to Louisville this past weekend. Scott, who visited the Cardinals with AAU teammate Doron Lamb, said it was a normal visit that consisted of hanging out with the team and attending a football game.

"It was a regular visit," Scott said. "I played with the team and got introduced to all of the coaches and stuff like that."

Next up for Scott is UCLA. Although he didn't know the exact date for the trip to Westwood (Calif.), he said it'd be in the next three weeks. Following that trip he wants to visit the lone SEC school on his list.

"After UCLA, I'd like to take a visit to Tennessee," Scott said. "Their coach actually called me today and was talking about that. Those are the two schools that I need to take visits too."

Over the summer a number of new schools began getting involved with Scott. Ranked as the 7th best shooting guard in the 2009 class, coaches took notice of his play with the New York Gauchos, despite not playing at full strength.

"I think I did pretty well, even though I got hurt in the middle of the summer and broke my finger," Scott said. "Other than that I think I did pretty well and I picked up some good schools on my list, so I can't complain about the summer."

"Coming into the summer I felt like I had something to prove, but I don't think I took it very serious until I got hurt. When I got hurt, it just made me mad watching other people play. That was not a good feeling, so the first games I came back I took full advantage."

Scott has always been known for his defense, toughness, and ability to penetrate. Now he's added a more consistent jump shot from long range, which makes him one of the better two-guards in the 2009 class.

Despite all the attention, Scott still doesn't seem to be in any hurry to make a decision. At this point, he doesn't claim a leader and is hoping to take a few more visits before coming up with his decision.

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