CANMORE, Alta. — With all of the talent that the Rider Broncs have assembled, the future appears to be rather bright in Lawrenceville, NJ.
For starters, there’s star sophomore Stevie Jordan, who seems to flirt with a triple-double whenever the Broncs have a game. Then, there’s sophomore big man Tyere Marshall, who is anchoring the front court.
Add in Rider’s trio of talented freshmen this season, and it’s easy to see why this is a team on the rise. There’s Dimencio Vaughn, who has played well in just three games this season. You’ve got Jordan Allen, who is the team’s leading scorer, averaging a shade under 18 points per game. Lastly, you’ve got forward Frederick Scott, who had himself a solid week for the Broncs, who sit at 5-1 on the season after a perfect 3-0 week.
The 6’8” freshman was looking to help the Broncs build off a win last week over the Hartford Hawks. With three games this past week, Rider had three winnable games, all of which would add momentum to an already strong start.
Over the week, Rider would go onto win all three games, while Scott posted the second double-double of his young career, and added his first 20+ point game the next night out.
For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw him almost average a double-double, forward Frederick Scott has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!
Rider entered the week with a 2-1 record, and were coming off a convincing win over Hartford in their last outing. After posting 15 points and 14 rebounds in his debut for Rider on November 10th, Scott was held to a combined 15 points over the Broncs’ next two games.
On Monday against the George Washington Colonials, Scott bounced back in a big way.
Rider went on the road and took down the Colonials inside their own arena, 67-65. Scott posted his second double-double of the season, recording 17 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 6-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from three point range. His 17 points were a season-high for the time being.
He set a new season-high for points the next night out.
After their game with the Colonials, the Broncs were headed to Sin City to take part in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. Up first for the Broncs in the Visitors’ Bracket was a date with a talented UC Irvine Anteaters squad from the Big West.
Scott went 6-for-12 from the floor on Thursday afternoon, recording a new season high with 22 points to help lead Rider to the 90-82 win over the Anteaters. He was also 9-of-13 from the free throw, and he pulled down nine rebounds in the win. The 90 points as a team was a season high for Rider.
That season high for the team also lasted just one game, as they had more in them for the Championship game of the Visitors’ Bracket.
For the second time in six games, the Broncs squared off with the Hampton Pirates. Rider scored a 90-75 win over the Pirates to open the 2017-18 season, behind 15 points and 14 rebounds from Scott.
This time, the teams met inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Once again, Scott went for 15 points, on 7-of-8 shooting, to lead the Broncs to the 94-80 win over Hampton. He was limited to just three rebounds on the day, which is a season-low for the native of Munster, IN.
For the week, Scott averaged an even 18 points per game, adding in 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest. He shot a combined 19-of-34 (55.9%) from the floor while leading Rider to a perfect 3-0 week and a tournament championship to top it all off.
Scott is a 6’8” forward who can battle in the paint and finish at the rim, but who can also step away from the basket and shoot from distance. He brings versatility to a young lineup, which opens things up for others on the offensive end of the floor. He is a key piece of the young nucleus that the Broncs have at their disposal, and with the trajectory that they’re on, they will be contending for a MAAC title in no time.
After a pair of down games to close out the first week of the season, Scott found his groove and was an impact player on both ends for the Broncs. Moving forwards, look for more of the same from Scott as he gets accustomed to life at the Division I level.
For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw Rider extend their winning streak to four and take home the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title in the Visitors’ Bracket, forward Frederick Scott has been named the College Court Report Freshman of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!
– T. Bennett
Nov. 13 – 19, 2017: Dedric Boyd, Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Nov. 10 – 12, 2017: Justin Turner, Bowling Green Falcons
**College Court Report Freshman of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC