"It felt like a dream"

University of Louisville walk-on guard Will Scott scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Cardinals in a 74-64 win over St. Joseph's on Saturday night. Following the game, the sophomore said of his outing, "it felt like a dream!"

University of Louisville walk-on guard Will Scott had the type of outing that any college player would remember in the Cardinals 74-64 win over St. Joseph's on Saturday night at Freedom Hall. The sophomore transfer from Cornell connected on 63 percent of his field goal attempts and poured in a team-high and new career-high 19 points in just 16 minutes of action.

"To be honest, at some point I wanted somebody to pinch me," said Scott. "It felt like a dream. There's no way that I would think this is possible. To be honest their is really only one person on the team that would think this is possible and that's coach. Having a coach that really believes in you and see's something that not even I saw, is just a tribute to how great of a coach he is."

Head coach Rick Pitino has known Scott, a New York City native, since his days coaching with the New York Knicks, where his father, Norman Scott, serves as the NBA franchise's team physician.

"We have great confidence in him," said Pitino. "He comes in at very difficult situations."

"Tonight he gave us a little bit of everything," Pitino continued. "He makes his free throws, he goes to basket and gave us a little rebounding. He's become a better defensive player on the ball. He struggles a little bit off the ball, but he works very hard at that and he's getting better and better."

Against St. Joseph's, the 6'3, 185-pound guard connected on 3 of 5 from beyond the three-point arc, upping his season average to 56 percent from long-distance. He was also perfect on all six of his free throw attempts and collected three rebounds.

"Will's a great shooter," said freshman point guard Edgar Sosa. "He was shooting the ball great in Canada - he shoots the ball great all the time. He's the best shooter on the team and that's the type of player that Will's going to be for the rest of his life. He's going to be a great shooter."

Scott explained his evening as just one of the nights where the ball bounces the right way.

"I think the ball just came to me," said Scott, who also scored nine points in the team's win over Ohio on Friday night. "A lot of those times when I go in there there's no way that I'm getting that ball."

Due in part to his dream of playing major college basketball, Scott chose to transfer after spending his freshman year at Cornell. During his time at the Ivy League school, Scott played in all 27 games as a freshman and proved to be a lethal shooter, connecting on 48 percent of his three-point shots. Prior to the start of the 05-06 season, Rick Pitino offered the opportunity to join the Cardinals a walk-on, something that Scott admitted was a bit surprising.

"I spent like a day and a half laughing," Scott said of his reaction when learning of the news that he'd become a Cardinal. "I was like, 'you have to be kidding me, there's no way I could come here and play.' "

All kidding aside, this kid can play. Just don't pinch him.


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