Banged Up, Scott Forged Ahead With Style

Reporter Mike Sullivan has the story on Durand Scott's summer in Disney World ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- Durand Scott walked around inside the Milk House before the Super Showcase semifinal with bags of ice on his shins. He had suffered some blows in the quarterfinal matchup against the Arkansas Wings.

When asked if he was okay, he smiled, and stated: "I'm fine. I'm ready to go."

Scott was needed to have a big performance against the tournament's favorite -- Athletes First from Oklahoma. Athletes First features three of the top players in the 2009 class and a couple of McDonald's All American candidates too.

But Durand was simply terrific on both ends of the court. Scott registered 23 points, including three three-pointers.

Scott also did a nice job in helping out his backcourt mates beat zone pressure and traps. His size and strength helped him land double figures in rebounds too, giving him end to end opportunities on a few occasions.

Late in the game, Scott showed his ballhandling skills with a swift crossover, causing a terrific defender in Terrence Boyd of Athletes First to first stagger the wrong way and then fall on his back.

The move ignited a roar from the gym. On the way up the court after the move, all Boyd could do was flash a sheepish smile while Scott had a stern look on his face. The reason? His team was losing. The individual move meant nothing to him. While the Gauchos fell late on some charity free throws, Scott's effort was noticed by the many college coaches in attendance trying to recruit him.

"I don't have a set list," he said. "I'm just trying to help the team win games. When I get back I'll think about that."

But, judging by the seats filled in the NCAA coaches section inside the Milk House, there is a long line of programs that would love to ink Scott's signature this Fall.

Scott, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard out of the class of 2009 from Rice High School in New York, N.Y., is a confident player who does so many positive things on the court to help his team win.

He has taken some unofficial visits -- Connecticut, St. John's, Miami, Xavier, and Memphis. And he has interest in Seton Hall, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

"I don't want to shut anyone out, everyone has an equal shot," said Scott, who saw the many programs watching him down here on the grounds of Disney World.

"I'll think about it more next month," he concluded.

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