NYC Guard Looking To Cut List Down Next Month

Reporter Mike Sullivan had an opportunity to interview Durand Scott about his recruiting process ... Scott is playing in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 all star game at Rucker Park tomorrow night ...

Durand Scott's summer is basically over. The 6-foot-5 guard from Rice High School in New York City has been spending his recent time in a gym, perfecting his overall game.

"I really don't work on anything specific," he said. "I try to work on everything and sometimes one part of the game develops more than another at a certain time."

Scott is one of the best players in the 2009 class. He can make an impact on both sides of the ball.

"I really get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing my teammates smile and be successful," he said. "If that means setting them up for a basket, I'll do it. Whatever it takes to make my teammates successful."

The New York Gauchos backcourt player was as good as any guard in the month of July. He helped lead the Gauchos deep in the playoffs at two events held in Disney World. When it was mentioned that the Gauchos got dinged for two questionable blocking calls in one semifinal loss at the Super Showcase, Scott dismissed the excuse.

"We made the turnovers that cost us," he said. "We could have played better."

This is typical Durand Scott. He's a no nonsense player who possesses a gridiron mentality. "I grew up loving the game of football," said the former wide receiver. "I started playing basketball when I was nine years old but I didn't really love the game until I was 13 or 14 years old," he stated. "It was because I was so involved with football." Scott said he loved the individual games of Michael Vick and Randy Moss. But when hoops came into his life, he focused on the style of Tracey McGrady. "They're all great players," he said. "Reaching that level is pretty special."

Durand is trying to land on that level too. He has had plenty of help along the way too. Scott credits a coach by the name of Tommy Swinton. "He spent three years with me and made me the player I am today," he said. "I'm very grateful for having met him."

It's no surprise that because of his hard work that Scott is considered an elite player now. And it's why so many high division one programs are interested in signing him to a letter of intent. The signing may come later than sooner.

"I plan on getting my list of schools down to five," he said. "I hope to do that by the time September comes around and school starts."

He has a relatively short list -- Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Xavier, and Miami.

"I don't have a favorite," he said. "I do plan on taking my five visits before making a decision. Hopefully, I can have a decision by the time I start my basketball season."

Scott added: "I'm just looking for the best place to grow as a basketball player and as a person. I'm looking forward right now to my senior year and I'm going to work as hard as I can before I play college basketball. I want to be prepared as much as possible."

Durand is one of 24 players participating in tomorrow night's Boost Mobile Elite all star game being held at Rucker Park in New York City. The event starts at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.

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