Brenton Scott's daily regimen is simple and to the point: Work hard.
Working hard gave Scott the ability to score 1,537 career points, ranking second in Northrop High School history, and he set the school record for most three- pointers (219). He won other honors including first Team All-SAC three straight years, and brought three straight SAC tournament titles and three straight 4A sectional titles.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound guard has signed to play for Indiana State University.
Scott's season came to an end after a 65-60 loss to New Haven in the semifinal game of the Class 4A Marion Regional.
Now in the off-season, Scott prepares to join the Sycamores in June. In order to stay in basketball shape, he goes back to what has worked during the last four years at Northrop.
His usual schedule is: Monday – work hard, Tuesday – work hard, Wednesday – repeat. You get the picture.
“I put up shots every day; I do a lot of basketball handling drills,” Scott said. “In the weight room, Coach (Barak Coolman) has us working on all parts of our body. I concentrate more on legs. You want to be able to jump with the bigger guys, run with quicker guards, and just be able to play at a different level with the other guys.”
Scott will soon enter the Missouri Valley Conference, a tough conference featuring Wichita State, which reached the 2013 NCAA Final Four, and Creighton, which won the conference tournament for a second consecutive year. The Creighton Blue Jays hold star power in Doug McDermott, who is returning for his senior year.
“Every day you want to become better as a basketball player. If you're not, you're going to get worse,” Scott said. “You want to stay on top of your game. You don't know who's working hard. Playing against D-I players next year really does motivate me. It makes me want to push myself every day.”
Athletes also need to watch what to eat as well, something that is not new to Scott.
“Sometimes you forget,” Scott said. “Usually you want to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and protein so your body can recover faster.”
Scott also puts academics high on his list of priorities: “You've got to be on top of your grades. It takes a lot out of your free time.”
Brenton's twin brother, Bryson, who has signed to play basketball at Purdue, works alongside him. They push each other to reach the same goal.
“We try to push each other every day,” Brenton said. “We both feel like we need to make a big impact on our teams next year.”