Considered by most to have been the top player in the ACC this past season, we had a chance to check out Virginia’s Mike Scott training at Impact Basketball out in Vegas. While he didn’t win the ACC POY award, he showed us why he continues to shock NBA teams in workouts leading up to the Draft. Measured at 6’9 and 241 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, he shot down the rumors that he was going to be too small to play power forward in the league. Sure, he’s not a guy who is going to jump out of the gym and get on SportsCenter’s Top 10 and sure, there are questions about a guy who will be 24 years old before he ever plays an NBA game. However, that doesn’t change the dominance that he showed at UVA and what we saw in Vegas.
A beast in the mid-post, Scott gave a tutorial in the art of the turnaround jumper (his go to move at Virginia). What was even more surprising though was his ability to shoot the ball from the NBA 3-point line after shooting just 20 collegiate 3’s as a senior. We’re not saying he’s going to be the next Ryan Anderson just yet, but Scott shocked us with his effortless range and consistency from beyond the NBA line. Mix in the extreme drive and sense of humility that we got from talking with Scott in our week in Sin City and you see why he’s firmly supplanted himself as a 2nd round pick in Thursday’s Draft.
Mike Scott was selected with 43rd pick in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks and signed a 2-year contract.