And then there were three. New York (N.Y.) Rice guard Durand Scott has trimmed his list down to a trio of suitors and would like to have a decision in the near future.
Scott said he will eventually commit to Connecticut, Miami or Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4 guard has visited all three programs and is now weighing all of his options out.
All three schools, Scott says, posses a number of things that have sparked his interest. The top 50 prospect said he can see himself at any of the programs. Now it is just a matter of finding the one.
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Pittsburgh has a connection to his hometown and that was clearly evident, he says, when he was there on his visit recently.
"They are New York guys. They recruit New York really well and I like the way the play. They made me feel like I am at home when I was out there. I can pretty much relate to all of the guys there. There are no negatives there," Scott said.
After making a trip to Coral Gables two weekends ago, Scott said he liked everything he saw with the Miami program.
"Miami is going to be Miami," he said. "I like their cool weather. Everything there is great, basketball wise and academic wise. I love them. They've sparked my interest. They also made me feel welcome. They have [Malcolm Grant] who is there also. It's not like I'm going to be meeting a bunch of people that I don't already know. I'm familiar with some people there."
Connecticut, no strangers to Rice High School over the years, is a major player, too. With Kemba Walker, a former Rice guard, now a freshman for the Huskies, Scott said he sees a lot of positives with the school.
"It's close to home. You can't beat that when a school that you like is close to home," Scott said. "I've been to there the most out of all of the schools recruiting me. I can relate to everything and everyone there. It's like going around the corner to my friend's house. Kemba is a great friend of mine and he's told me a lot about their program.
"He won't affect my decision about where I go to school but it will come into play on the court because I know he is someone that I can trust and he is someone that I like playing with. There are no negatives about me playing with Kemba."
Scott said his main concern is the health of his ankle. He suffered a high ankle sprain over the weekend at a charity basketball game. Scott told Rivals.com on Monday that he will have an MRI on Tuesday to look for any further damage.
"Whenever I'm ready to make my decision, that's when I'm going to make it. Just because the signing period is coming up, that doesn't mean I'm going make my decision now. I'll let the coaches know. The signing period doesn't really matter to me."
At this point, Scott said all three schools are at the same spot on his list. Now it is a matter of finding just the one.