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Gauchos coach Dwayne Mitchell said Durand Scott’s official visit to UConn this weekend went well.
“It went well,” said Mitchell, who was on the visit. “He just liked the tradition of the program. It’s a traditional program. Coach (Jim) Calhoun has a lot of tradition. (Scott) likes the success they’ve had over the years since (Calhoun) has been there.”
Scott, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Rice High School in Manhattan, played pickup and said he enjoyed it.
“Playing with those guys shows me what I need to work on and at the same time, I’m also having a lot of fun,” he told the Journal Inquirer. “It’s a fun experience being around them and I know what I’m looking forward to when I get to the next level.”
Scott’s former Rice teammate, Kemba Walker, is a frosh at UConn, one of several built-in advantages the school may have, along with its proximity.
“Kemba is like a brother to me and that’s forever,” he said. “He’s going to do college a year before me, so he’s definitely a person I can get advance from and bounce ideas off of. But a person should never go to a college just because another person’s there. When you come down to it, it’s your life, not that other person’s life.”
Next up for Scott is a trip to UCLA Oct. 10, followed by Tennessee (Oct. 17) and Miami (Oct. 24). He has already visited Pitt.
“I will be taking all five (visits),” he said.
ANOSIKE TO SIENA
O.D. Anosike has committed to Siena after a weekend official visit.
Anosike, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound senior PF from Staten Island (NY) St Peters, chose that school over Temple, George Mason, Hofstra and Delaware.
“I just thought it was a perfect fit,” Anosike said by phone. “I got along with the coaching staff. They recruited me since April. The players and I got along really well when I was up there. I just liked the campus and everything about it.”
Anosike, the younger sister of Minnesota Lynx and former Tennessee star Nicky Anosike, can play a number of positions at Siena.
“They said I’ll be able to come in and be an impact player, play the three, four and five and challenge for a starting spot when I get there,” he said.
With his decision over, Anosike can now focus on his senior year.
“Now I can just focus on my high school season,” he said.
Here’s an SNY feature on Anosike from February.
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.