BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Senior Josh Scott doesn’t wow people with high flying dunks or eye popping numbers on the court for the CU Buffaloes, but what he has done is put together one of the most consistent careers in Buffs basketball history.
Only eight Buffaloes players have ever scored more points, only four have more rebounds and only two have more blocked shots than Scott, who is a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. That award is given annually to the best big man in the country.
“I’ve had a great time. I’ve had a great ride,” the 6-foot-10 senior told CBS4. “It’s kind of bittersweet, thinking that I’m not going to live here. I’m not going to be around my guys. It’s kind of like I find myself not wanting to think about it sometimes because I get sentimental about it. But you know, you’ve got to move on to the next part of life at some point, right?”
The clock hasn’t struck midnight yet on the college career of the calm and quiet big man. Scott still has the challenge ahead of trying to lead his team to a possible NCAA tournament bid.
“A lot of times people mistake my calm demeanor as me not leading or something, but I’ve just found that different guys respond in different ways, whether it be yelling or just advising what they should do,” he said. “It has been an adjustment, being a little more vocal, but I think overall I’ve done a good job so far.”
Throughout his career, Scott has left an indelible mark on the Buffs basketball program. He has ranked in the Top 10 in points, rebounds, blocks and double doubles.
“Last year before I got hurt I was kind of discussing with Coach Boyle about legacies, and it’s really … important to me to know that I know that I left a legacy here at CU,” he said.
Coach Tad Boyle has coached Scott for his whole college career.
“This is my sixth year at CU, so I know a lot about the history of basketball here,” Boyle said. “Josh Scott is going to leave as one of the all-time greats, bottom line.”
Some media writers have described Scott’s game as being like that of San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan.
“I don’t get why in the game of basketball people compare players to each other, but I will say this: It’s a knock for Tim Duncan because I’m definitely not Tim Duncan’s status. But it’s a compliment. (He’s) the greatest power forward to play the game. I don’t really care what people think of my game. I’m just out there trying to get stuff done.”
After being swept by USC and UCLA, Scott and the Buffs currently on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They are back home this week against Arizona and Arizona State, and wins against the Wildcats and Sun Devils would go along way towards getting the Buffs back safely in the Big Dance.