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12 Days To Purdue Basketball: Bryson Scott

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Purdue has a tenacious new guard that will be the bane of Big Ten teams for his hustle.

Are you looking for a tenacious guard that is not going to take shit from anyone? Do you want a freshman that is going to come in and immediately push everyone around him to get better? Do you want a player that plays with controlled fury and finished his high school career with over 2,000 points as one of the top scorers in state history?

If yes, meet today's player.

Bryson Scott - Fr.

Fort Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)

6'1", 201 pounds

Guard

2013-14 Projection: Key bench contributor

I saw Bryson play in person twice last year. I saw him take on my Kokomo Wildkats at Memorial Gym, where he scored 26 points in an overtime loss. He played against a potential Indiana All-Star in Taylor Persons (who will not make the All-Star team after tearing his ACL in football a few weeks ago). Later I saw him in the regional where he took on Notre Dame commit V.J. Beachem and New Haven. New Haven ended his HS career with a 65-60 loss where Bryson regularly took it directly at 7-footer Steve McElevene.

Bryson is a fearless player. He playes bigger than his size and is not afraid to drive the lane for his points and get to the foul line. He has an effective jumpshot, but where he will really contribute at Purdue is his defensive intensity. While I don't think he is going to be a shutdown guy like Chris Kramer, his tenacity is similar to the former Secretary of Defense. Bryson is the type of kid that absolutely take an elbow to the face and come back out minutes later.

I expect Bryson to provide some solid backup minutes at the point this year for Ronnie Johnson. Where he will contribute most is bringing back an intensity on the floor that Purdue lacked for much of last season. Bryson is going to push guys that he feels are slacking off. He would not get along well with guys like Kelsey Barlow, who were known to slack off at times. He's going to push everyone he can to give maximum effort, which is never a bad thing.