IPFW head men’s basketball coach Jon Coffman has announced that former Purdue University and Fort Wayne Northrop guard Bryson Scott has signed to play with the Mastodons starting in the 2016-17 season.
"We are ecstatic about Bryson’s commitment to join our program and return to his hometown of Fort Wayne," said Coffman. "This is a special situation for both Bryson and IPFW. Bryson has scored a ton of points and won a lot of games in Fort Wayne, including scoring over 2,000 points and winning three conference championships at Northrop. It is exciting to have Bryson in our program, and I am looking forward to watching him work hard every day to help win games for IPFW and the city of Fort Wayne."
Scott spent two seasons at Purdue, playing in 57 games, starting three times, as Purdue was undefeated when he was in the starting lineup. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game, and played an average of 10.7 minutes per contest.
As a sophomore he reached double-figure point totals four times, including 11 points against Indiana on January 28. He scored 13 points against Gardner-Webb on December 22, two days after scoring 11 points against Notre Dame. Scott also had a double-figure scoring game on December 13 against Vanderbilt. He grabbed a season-high six rebounds in the January meeting against the Hoosiers, while dishing out four assists against North Florida and Arkansas State. Scott also added a trio of steals and eight points against Grambling on November 20.
Scott was the first Boilermaker in program history to earn two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in a season, as he averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his first season with the Boilermakers. He played in 32 games during his inaugural season, starting twice, and leading the team with 30 steals. He scored in double figures 10 times, and scored a career-high 18 points against Oklahoma State on November 28, where he hit 5-of-15 shots from the field, and 2-of-2 from long range. He also scored 16 points against Siena on November 24 and added 16 points against Eastern Michigan on December 7. He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at Nebraska on February 23 for his only career double-double, while grabbing four steals against Eastern Illinois on November 20.
A four-star recruit out of Northrop High School, he was ranked 75th on the Rivals 150, and was named one of the top 10 perimeter defenders in the country by Rivals.com. He finished fourth in the voting for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2013, when he averaged 23.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. He helped lead Northrop to three consecutive Summit Athletic Conference Championships, in addition to earning a sectional title.
He was named Second Team Associated Press All-State in each of his last two seasons with the Bruins, and he sits 33rd on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,042 points.
Due to NCAA transfer eligibility rules, Scott will miss the 2015-16 season, and have two seasons with the Mastodons remaining starting for the 2016-17 season.