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Senior dedicates time to basketball, improves skills

Senior year, for almost every athlete, is the year to truly impress those around you. For Senior, Brian Scott, that is exactly what he has done.This is Scott’s first year at FC. He previously played his freshman and sophomore years at Clovis East and spent his junior year on Clovis Online, playing for a club team.

Scott began his basketball career at a very young age at a local YMCA. He explained how he got involved in basketball and who influenced him.

“The first time I played basketball was probably in the first or second grade,” Scott said. “I played at the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). I got to play with the fifth and sixth graders which was pretty cool. My dad was the coach of the team so he obviously got me involved.”

Having grown up playing basketball, Scott has had many great in-game moments. Scott explained what his greatest highlight moment of his career was.

“We had a game at Clovis East that was televised,” Scott said. “At halftime they were talking about the top players. They mentioned my name with all my highlights as a sophomore which was awesome.”

While there has been plenty of good moments for Scott in his career, he has also had his fair share of bad moments. Scott shared his worst basketball memory of his career.

“The worst moment I’ve had was probably a few years ago,” Scott said. “We were the league champions and going undefeated. Our very last game of that season, I missed a two-point shot that would have won us the game. When I missed a half court shot against Tranquillity was another bad memory.”

Many people have been very supportive of Scott pursuing a career in basketball. Among these supporters is Scott’s mother.

“Ever since Brian was born, his father put a ball in his hands,” Scott’s mother said. “He used to play at the YMCA and wherever he went he would always have a ball with him. I am hoping that Brian uses whatever gift the Lord has blessed him with, whether it is basketball or somthing else, to go out and spread the news about the Lord. If he pursues a career beyong high school, I pray that he can use it as a ministry.”

As one of the key leaders of the basketball team, Scott has developed a few goals he has hoped to accomplish with his team and for himself. Scott explained what his hopes are this season.

“My goal for the team this year is to make it to Valley ,” Scott said. “We have a really good shot. I am also hoping to get a City-County selection.”

This being his last year in high school, Scott has had to decide whether or not he will continue his career. Scott shared his plans for college.

“I’m planning on continuing my basketball career,” Scott said. “I am hoping to walk on to GCU’s (Grand Canyon University) basketball team. They are in division one so that would be a great honor.”

Brian has grown up playing with many people, but one person who has always been there with him is his cousin, Senior N’gai Jones, who also plays at FC. Jones talked about what it has been like growing playing alongside his cousin.

“It has been great getting to play basketball with Brian,” Jones said. “After so many years playing together, we have really developed a strong chemistry. Our playing styles really work well together.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @NhojNamood. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

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