Senior Spotlight: Durand Scott
The Canes wrap up their regular season this week with a pair of home games against Georgia Tech (3/6) and Clemson (3/9). With five seniors on the roster, HurricaneSports.com is honoring a different one each day this week leading up to Senior Day on Saturday against Clemson. Today we chat with senior guard Durand Scott.
The Bronx, N.Y.
13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg
What is your favorite memory or moment as a Hurricane?
"This season we are having now, it is one of the biggest moments I have ever had. It has been the most that my team has ever accomplished. It has been one of my greatest moments of being a Hurricane."
What do you think of how your career has turned out?
"I have had no set backs or anything to regret. You have to go through some bumps to get to the point that you want to be. I am at the point I want to be right now and I have to continue to strive for more."
Are you happy with your legacy at Miami?
"Yes, I have had great seasons here. There are great people, students and fans here in Miami. I am very happy. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else."
What do you think of the future for Miami Basketball?
"Hopefully a season like this will help out our recruiting and raise fan interest. I know Coach L can continue to take this program in the right direction."
What do you hope to do in your future?
"I just want to become a better person. Obviously playing in the NBA is everyone's goal, but not very many people make it there."
What do you think of the emergence of the basketball program? Does this feel more like a basketball school now that it did when you got here?
"From our school's history, it will forever be a football school. But we are making some big strides, especially with Coach L here. We just have to hope we keep moving forward in the right direction."
What is your relationship like with the coaches and the rest of the team?
"Our team bond is great, we are like a family. Our motto is doing everything together and that is exactly what we have been doing this year."
What is the highlight of your career?
"Committing to The U was the greatest accomplishment of my career. If I didn't come here, I wouldn't be in the position I am in now, with the team and coaches we have now. I am very happy I chose to come to this school."
What has it been like to help take this program all the way to No. 2 in the rankings?
"It's been great. You just have to be patient. Anything can happen if you put in the work and you are dedicated. Hopefully this is a lesson to athletes to always work hard because this is an experience people can really learn from."
What's your favorite Coach L story?
"One time when we had a photo shoot at the beginning of the year, we took a team photo around the time the Dougie song was popular. I was trying to get him to do the Dougie and I was showing him how to do it, but he didn't really get it so it was funny. There are some pictures on my instagram of him trying to do it, it was very funny and we all enjoyed that moment."
What do you think of the opportunities you've had at Miami?
"It has created a lot of opportunities. I am getting to meet a lot of other people. I have been able to create relationships with people and built connections for possible internships or jobs in the future. As far as places I've gone and things I've seen, there are very few people that get to go to Hawaii. That was a great experience, even though we didn't do that well basketball wise. But we made a huge turn around after that tournament and we might not be in the position that we are in now if that hadn't happened."
What was your recruitment like and how did you decide to attend Miami?
"It was a very difficult decision. There were many other schools that were ranked higher and had a better basketball history and tradition, but I wanted to go somewhere I would be comfortable in. I thought The U was the best place I could go where I would be very focused on basketball so that is why I decided to come. I also definitely wanted to build a basketball tradition and legacy here. The first three years, I really didn't get that opportunity, but this year has been exactly what I envisioned. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Now we can continue to build on our success."
How have you developed under this coaching staff?
"I have developed a lot. I have become a better basketball player, both physically and mentally. Our strength coach has done a great job helping me physically and all our other coaches have done a great job developing me, too."
Beyond basketball, what do you think of your time at Miami?
"It has been a great experience. Freshman year was one of my best years because I got to meet so many new people and there was a lot of excitement and fun on campus."
What was it like to see the students camp out and line up before the Duke game?
"It was great seeing all the fans camping out and lined up to get into our games. They want to see us win just as much as we do. It means a lot for this program and to see how excited the fans are about us and Canes basketball."
What is something you know now that you wish you would have known as a freshman?
"How to be a good defender. I want to become a lockdown defender. That is something I have worked on and definitely made improvements at. I wish I would have known some of those things when I was younger."
Do you think Miami basketball will ever win a National Championship?
"I really do believe this program will win a National Championship, whether it is this year or in the future. You have to believe it to achieve it and we believe we can."
What does being a Miami Hurricane mean to you?
"It means a lot to play for this program, to be able to throw up The U and represent this program in a positive way. Being a Cane means a lot to me."