FORT WAYNE — Even USA Today took note of the Scotts’ separation.
A recent article in the national newspaper noted that Northrop senior twins Bryson and Brenton Scott will be headed to play on separate teams after their high school careers – Bryson to Purdue and Brenton to Indiana State.
“It was pretty exciting to see me and Bryson’s names in USA Today,” Brenton said Thursday at Spiece Fieldhouse during the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championships. “It was shocking and a new feeling for me.”
The story appeared shortly after the two played – together – for the Indy Spiece Heat AAU team in the Nike Peach Jam tournament in South Carolina.
“When I saw it, it made me feel good,” Bryson said. “That tournament I didn’t play so well in, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. But it was a good feeling when I read it.”
The two seniors will go their separate ways after one final season with the Bruins.
“It’s going to be different,” Bryson said. “I have never played against him, except maybe at a couple of camps. He’s an attacker, and when we play each other it’s going to be war.”
There’s a chance the two could square off in college as Purdue and Indiana State are frequent opponents.
“I am excited to go my own way and see where my game can take me,” Brenton said. “I am excited to watch him at Purdue and play against him.”
The 6-foot-2 Bryson, who averaged 25.3 points last year for the SAC tournament champion Bruins, has been the more heralded of the identical twins and committed to Purdue as a sophomore. Brenton, 6-foot, picked Indiana State among his six offers after averaging 16.3 points as a junior.
“I kind of overshadow him a little bit, so when he gets by himself, he is going to take over,” Bryson said. “I am excited to see what he can do.
“I told him to take his time because I didn’t want him to rush into anything. He wanted to rush into his recruitment early. I didn’t want him to just pick a college. He picked Indiana State, and I feel like it is good for him.”
There was talk of the two playing together in college, but because they play the same position at point guard, it was almost impossible.
“That’s how college coaches looked at it, and that’s how Purdue looked at it when I got offered by them,” Bryson said. “They didn’t want us to compete for the same position because we are brothers and little things like that made our college recruitment a little different.”
There’s one thing left, though, for the two to accomplish as high school teammates, and that’s to capture a Class 4A state championship with Northrop.
“I just want to have a spectacular senior season, do it all and have fun and try to lead my team to a state championship,” Brenton said.