Today's player is one of the most polarizing players on the roster. There is no question he has heart, but if he can match that heart with consistency we will have a special player.
Bryson Scott - So.
Ft. Wayne, IN (Northrop HS)
6'1", 206 pounds
2014-15 Projection: potential starter
In high school Bryson Scott scored a ton of points. He finished his career 36th in Indiana history with 2,042, tied with Logansport's Caleb Springer. Only 45 players in the lengthy history of Indiana High School basketball have reached the lofty 2,000 point plateau, so you cannot underestimate his feat. Some pretty solid Big Ten players have reached that level of late such as Deshaun Thomas, James Blackmon Jr., and Eric Gordon.
Unfortunately, Bryson's tenacity at driving to the basket with his head lowered does not work as well at the next level. He is slightly undersized to be a two guard, but he figures to be more of a combo guard this season and pick up the scoring load left by Terone Johnson. I saw Bryson play a few times in high school and now through a full season and there is no question of his work ethic. He carries and intensity about him that is definitely the right Boilermaker attitude.
What Bryson needs is consistency. He needs to use that tenacity to work on his jumper and be a defensive stalwart. If he picks up those two areas we have a very special player. This could be a breakout year for Bryson. He knows he has to do more and he has learned some lessons, sometimes painfully, from last season. He averaged nearly a steal per game in 2013-14, but shot only 35.9% from the field. That has to improve by a lot. In fact, he shot better from three point range (38.5% on 5 of 13) than he did from two.
He is still young though. If he applies a lot of what he is learning he will be an excellent player.