Q&A: Will Scott

Wednesday morning Will Scott learned that he had been accepted to study at prestigious Oxford University in England.

Then Wednesday night the senior guard went out and scored three points in the University of Louisville's 80-54 win over South Florida. He also received a standing ovation from the Freedom Hall crowd when it was announced that he had been accepted at Oxford.

After the game UofL coach Rick Pitino talked about Scott.

"I think it is tremendous," Pitino said. "I am real proud of Will. He has been a real delight to coach."

Pitino went on to urge the women of Louisville to snap up Scott, who has a cumulative 3.9 grade-point average and will complete his master's in business administration at UofL this summer. He also has earned a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in Chinese from UofL.

Scott will be pursuing a master's degree in Modern Chinese Studies, a program that will prepare him for a possible position in diplomacy or business relations. During the two-year program Scott will spend six months in China. Scott is one of only 15 people in the world accepted into the program at Oxford.

After the win over USF, ITV caught up with Scott, whose PPG (3.0) isn't quite as high as his GPA (3.9) through 12 games this season.

Q: What has today been like for you?

A: "Today's been a surreal kind of day, it's been great. It all started this morning and we got a win today, so hopefully practice will be pretty easy tomorrow."

Q: How did you find out?

A: "They actually sent me the acceptance letter through e-mail because I hadn't heard, I was supposed to hear about 10 days ago, and so I sent them an e-mail making sure it hadn't got lost in the mail and they sent me one right back saying, 'We actually sent it about two weeks ago, it's amazing you sent us the e-mail because here's the acceptance letter you have about a week to reply.' So luckily I sent the e-mail when I did."

Q: How did you feel when you learn you had been accepted?

A: "I was incredibly happily, obviously. It's something I wanted. I knew all along this was the path I wanted to take and I wanted to go to Oxford the most. I was just really happy it turned out well.

"It's a tremendous honor, although I think coach blows it up a little bit, I don't know how many people apply to the program, I think maybe a few hundred, it wasn't that crazy.

"(But) I was really excited. I called my parents, I called my little sister and they were obviously very happy for me."

Q: Who got the first call?

A: "It was to my sister (Kelly), she actually got into med school the other day so she'd kill me if I didn't call her first."

Q: Coach said you were waiting on pins and needles, was that true?

A: "I didn't know. I really thought it was going to be a coin-flip, I've been waiting for about four months now and luckily it came through. "It was great. It was a great feeling this morning, waiting for that amount of time, then having it pay off is tremendous."

Q: What got you into Modern Chinese Studies?

A: "I actually started taking it when I came to Louisville...and I started taking it, it was pretty strange, but I liked it a lot."

Q: What went into applying for Oxford?

A: "I had to have five recommendations and write a 15-page paper."

Q: Where did you get the recommendations from?

A: "I got them from teachers at UofL who have taught me through the years and they were very gracious enough to write me a good recommendation."

Q: Coach said that you've only ever got one non-A in your college career, what class was it?

A: "I think was Dr. Sharp, some marketing class. I think it was Marketing 460 or 350, one of those. Coach makes it seems like I'm a huge dork, but I'm not that much of a dork."

Q: Does coach bring up your academic success a lot of time in practice?

A: "Every day, as soon as I make a mistake in practice he's always, 'You're a smart kid and you do that stupid thing,' or something like that. It's funny, it's all in good fun."

Q: What's the end goal with your schooling?

A: "I want to be a diplomat to China, or something kind of along those lines."

Q: Can you explain what exactly you'll be doing and what you are working toward?

A: "Basically I go to Oxford to two years and the program is kind of geared toward Chinese diplomacy, so if the American government and China ever go to war and you see me bouncing in there, move to Canada or something."

Q: Talk about getting in and hitting a three tonight?

A: "I got some good passes and luckily made one."

Q: What about the standing ovation you got from the crowd?

A: "It was great, it's just a testament to the people here in Louisville, they are amazing...They're great, Louisville, no matter where I go, will always be home."

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