Monday, May 9, 2011

Carleton Scott Forgoing Final Year of Eligibility at ND for shot at NBA

After nearly exhausting the new deadline for NBA draft declaration - 11:59pm EST deadline this Sunday, May 8 - Carleton Scott announced he will not exhaust his remaining collegiate eligibility and will keep his name in the NBA draft.

Scott, a 6-8 forward from San Antonio, TX, played three seasons for head coach Mike Brey. As a starter in the 2010-2011 season he finished third on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game, led in rebounds with 7.4 per game and contributed 1.9 blocked shots per game.

In 84 career appearances (38 starts) he recorded 97 blocked shots, good for seventh in Irish history.

Feedback from workouts in New Jersey this weekend helped sway Scott's decision. Though his outing did not garner much negative feedback it was also not full of positive endorsements. According to Mike Brey, both the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat have shown interest in Scott.

It's not clear whether or not Scott will be drafted or if he'll have to go the harder route through undrafted, team tryouts. My guess is it will be the latter rather than the former, though I would gladly be proven wrong because Scott has tremendous potential. He just needs to grow into his body and become more of a consistent offensive threat.

If professional basketball does not work out for Scott he at least has his education to fall back on. This May he will graduate from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with a degree in History and Computer Applications.

Best of luck to Scott as he pursues his dream of becoming an NBA player.

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