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Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott (San Antonio, Texas) has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and will remain in this year’s National Basketball Association draft, according to Notre Dame's media relations office.
Scott, who played three seasons (2008-11) with the Irish, had one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out his freshman season in 2007-08. He will graduate this month from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history and computer applications.
Scott was Notre Dame's third-leading scorer this past season with a career-high 11.2 points per game and topped the squad with a personal-best 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots. He started 29 of the 30 contests he played in and reached double figures in 20 contests, grabbed 10-plus rebounds in 11 contests and registered seven double-doubles.
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Well, that's surprising.. But I think it's different when your foregoing a 5th yr vs 4th yr senior. He's graduating, so congratulations on that.
His game is unrefined in important areas. Most notably dribbling with on ball pressure. Wish him the best.
Lou, who realistically will fill his spot? I think this is a very big loss to next year's team.
This is really a huge loss because his 73-inch wing span and excellent leaping ability made him so valuable both down low and in the perimeter. He is the Syracuse type of "length player" that gives ND so many problems. The Irish don't get many like him, so to be without him is a significant setback. You saw how much more vulnerable they were in the two road games where he was sidelined and the Irish were blown out by Marquette and St. John's.
I don't think anyone really "takes" his spot. Joey Brooks doesn't have his offensive skills, height or rebounding acumen. Freshman Eric Katenda has a similar frame at 6-9, 215, but he might be a bit raw, and Mike Brey usually has only a 7-man rotation that prefers older guys. Jack Cooley does not have Scott's athletic ability. Still, Cooley will be an extremely crucial figure who cannot just take a serviceable role next year. He was able to go balls-out this year because he knew he wasn't going to play more than 8-12 minutes per contest, and he could easily expend two, three or four fouls in the process.
Next year, his stamina and production will be extremely essential, as will be his smarts in not committing senseless fouls. If he can provide a quality 25 minutes or at least seven boards per game the way Scott did, that would be an important step. Right now, though, without Scott, this does not have the look of an NCAA Tournament team. If they do make it, hey, Mike Brey might be BE Coach of the Year for the fourth time in six years.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 5/8/2011 at 9:20 PM
Good points on Cooley. He needs to take the next step..
It'll be interesting who plays minutes in the #4-pf slot. Cooley's got the center spot, but the remaining post players are inexperienced with Knight, Broghammer, Katenda. Dragicevich is listed as a guard at 6'8". Grant is a 6'5" 2 guard/swing player. Nobody on the current roster seems like a true 4. Katenda seems to have the build, but who knows with a Freshman.
With Hansbrough, Nash, and now Scott gone, this team will look much different next year. Those 3 made them difficult to guard offensively with their skill sets and improved ND's defense to a more respectable level.
First time POTW for 4/18/2011-4/24/2011.
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