The numbers have been climbing for Bryson Scott since his freshman season at Northrop, and they have ascended into rarified air in the annals of Fort Wayne boys basketball.
With four more points, the Bruins’ senior guard and Purdue recruit will take over second place all time in the city scoring record book.
He sits at 1,820 career points, three behind former Elmhurst standout James Hardy. First place is nowhere in sight since former Bishop Luers star and current Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas netted 3,018.
It is a good feeling, said Scott, one of the leading candidates for the 2013 Mr. Basketball award. It is an honor to say I got second place. I am sure my friend JB (Luers junior James Blackmon Jr.) will come along and get it from me. I am proud of what I have done.
It hasn’t really kicked in yet, but once the season is over I am going to look back and see I accomplished something good. There have been a lot of good players that have come through Fort Wayne. I’m happy I am one of the better players who have come through Fort Wayne.
The 6-foot-2 Scott, who is averaging 22.3 points with 420 points this year, had 630 points (25.3 average) last year, 410 (19.4) as a sophomore and 360 (18.0) as a freshman.
While Thomas’ record isn’t within reach, the 2,000-point plateau is, with only 180 more to go. With five games remaining in the regular season and one guaranteed game in the sectional, Scott would have to average 30 points per game over his last six games to reach 2,000. Last year, Northrop lost in the regional semifinals, which meant four postseason games.
If the Bruins duplicate that, nine more games would mean Scott would have to average only 20 points each game.
Coming into this season, 41 players in state history have gone over the 2,000-point mark. Thomas is the only player from Fort Wayne to accomplish the feat.
Not really, to be honest with you, Scott said of ever thinking about flirting with 2,000. My first year I had a pretty good season, so coach Coolman pushed me to be more of a scorer and try to improve on my scoring. I never thought I would be close to 2,000 points or anything like that. I have been fortunate enough to be getting close to that milestone.
It’s a milestone Scott would like to see happen, but not at the sacrifice for the team’s quest for a SAC regular-season conference championship, something Scott has never done. Northrop has a chance tonight against Concordia. A win by the three-time SAC tournament champion Bruins (5-1 in the SAC) against the Cadets (4-2) wraps up the league title.
To me, it is real important but I am not going to put it before anything else, he said. It is something I have to achieve, but it is not something I’m going to put before a conference championship.