TERRE HAUTE —
When Fort Wayne’s Brenton Scott joins the Indiana State men’s basketball fold next season, he will push the Sycamores’ roster to a number it’s rarely reached in recent times.
Scott, who signed his National Letter of Intent on the first day of the early basketball signing period Wednesday, will be the seventh Indiana native on ISU’s roster-to-be for the 2013-14 season.
That means the Sycamores will have as many in-state players as they will out-of-state players. The last time ISU had seven in-state players suit up was the 2006-07 season, Royce Waltman’s last, and that number included walk-ons Adam Lottino and Torrian Bluitt. Prior to that, you have to go back to the 1998-99 season for a group of seven in-state Sycamores.
ISU coach Greg Lansing is pleased the in-state pipeline is flowing.
“We got Khristian [Smith] out of Indianapolis. We’ve got Brenton out of Fort Wayne. We’re in southern Indiana, we’re in northern Indiana. The Indiana State name and product and the pride that we have in our school, not just athletics, but the school. It’s a good sell across the state,” Lansing said.
Per NCAA rules, Wednesday marked the first time Lansing could speak publicly about Scott, who averaged 16.3 points for 22-4 Fort Wayne Northrop last season.
Lansing said that ISU’s commitment to get more in-state players is something that Scott took notice of.
“Brenton knew all of that. On his first visit, he locked in on us and it didn’t take him too long to commit,” Lansing said.
Scott committed to the Sycamores in March and has another season to go with the Bruins. His twin brother, Bryson, signed with Purdue.
“We’re awfully excited about Brenton. He’s a great kid from a great family. He’s got the right stuff and he wants to be a good player. He’s all about basketball and he’s all about playing hard. He’s a tough competitor. And our staff holds that in pretty high regard. We feel fortunate to get him,” Lansing said.
Brenton Scott has primarily been a point guard with the Bruins, but could have a more versatile role with ISU.
“Brenton’s a tough competitor. He can handle the ball, he can make shots and he can guard at the other end. He knows we have everyone coming back, but he also knows he can help us. He can come in right away and help what’s hopefully a pretty good team,” Lansing said.
Scott is the first player to sign with the Sycamores from northeast Indiana since Decatur native Adam Arnold was recruited in 2005. Scott is the first Fort Wayne-based player to play for ISU since Harding’s Jason Edwards suited up for the Sycamores in the early 1990s.
Scott took up the only available scholarship ISU has to give for the 2013-14 season.