Durand Scott is always up for a challenge. When asked his thoughts about facing the best talent across the country in this Friday's ESPN Rise's Boost Mobile Elite 24 game held at Rucker Park (8 p.m.), he was low key.
"I've seen everyone play already," Scott said. "So I'm just looking to have a great time and have some fun. I am looking to make a few friends too."
Scott, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard out of the class of 2009 from Rice High School in New York, N.Y., competed this past summer again for the New York Gauchos, one of the country's best AAU programs.
Scott was terrific over the summer, demonstrating that he can be an impact player on both ends of the court.
It's because of these skills that the rising senior is one of 24 players selected for a game to be televised nationally by ESPNU. "It's exciting to be selected," he said. "It's an honor. I just want to go out there and have a good time."
Scott can play several positions so he should thrive in a game like this. He has the ability to feed a teammate for an easy basket or break up a pass defending. He has range on his jumper and can finish strong near the rim.
It's because of the above reasons why so many programs are recruiting him hard. "I don't have a favorite," he said. "Right now I'm just focusing on being the best basketball player I can be. I'm in the gym now, working on all parts of my game."
The Mobile Elite game is a grand opportunity for Scott to show why he deserves to have serious consideration for all the major all star games and honors.
"I really don't think about rankings or awards," he said. "I'm just concentrating on trying to make myself better."