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Wednesday / January 16.
  • Durand Scott Cuts List to 5, Sets Visits (Updated)

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    Durand Scott, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Rice High School in Manhattan, has cut his list to five schools, and it’s not the list incorrectly circulating on the Internet.

    “As of now, my top five are Pitt, Miami, Tennessee, UConn and UCLA,” Scott wrote Monday morning in a text message. He eliminated Virginia and Xavier.

    In the meantime, Scott will take an official visit this weekend to UConn. Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun and assistant Andre LaFleur came to Rice two weeks ago and put the fullcourt press on him.

    “That was the plan,” he said of an official visit to Storrs this weekend. “I have to talk about it some more. We gotta make sure it’s a definite.”

    Scott will also visit UCLA, Tennessee and Miami, in that order.

    “He’s going to take all five visits,” said Dwayne Mitchell, the Gauchos director. “He’s supposed to go to UCLA on Oct. 10. Then he’s supposed to go to Tennessee the weekend of the 17th and Miami the weekend of the 24th.”

    Scott added that could take an unofficial to Memphis.

    “I might take an unofficial there,” he said.

    Scott spent this past weekend at Pitt, where he joined Pitt commits Dante Taylor of National Christian and Lamar Patterson of St. Benedict’s. During the Iowa-Pitt football game, the basketball team was honored with its rings for winning the Big East Tournament.

    “It went really well,” he said. “I had fun out there. I met the coaching staff. I know a couple guys out there, Travon Woodall and Ashton Gibbs and Levance Fields, so I felt very comfortable. I felt right at home.”

    Scott said he hopes to decide “before my season starts” in November.

    Mitchell told him he could wait until the spring if he hasn’t made up his mind.

    “I told him, ‘You don’t have to sign in November,'” Mitchell said. “You can sign late.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.