Rice Sophomore Worth Watching This Season

Rice head coach Maurice Hicks has plenty of players to choose from when trying to win a basketball game for the talent rich Raiders program. The list is long -- Kemba Walker, Lamont Jones, Chris Fouch, Randy Battle, ...

Rice has a young basketball team too. So you can expect Hicks' team to only get better over the next couple of years. And Hicks is certainly counting on sophomore Durand Scott to be a big factor in Rice's future.

Scott, a long-armed 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard/small forward, appears to have some major upside in his game and physically. In other words, he could probably put on another 25 pounds and be a very effective player.

While Scott didn't compile as much playing time as Walker and Jones, when given an opportunity, the scouts and coaches in the stands came away impressed with his abilities.

Since he is a member of the 2009 class, Scott will have to work very hard to earn playing time. But it only helps in practices that Scott gets to battle players like Walker and Jones, etc.

The area schools are already showing early interest -- St. John's, Seton Hall, and Rutgers. But the next year should be the first step in Scott making some serious noise. He's worth keeping an eye on. He has two and a half more years to work on his game. It should be interesting to see how his game progresses over the next two seasons.

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