Written by Vinny Messana, email@example.com Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:42
Every basketball player has a niche, or a reason they are on the team, but the measure of a truly valuable player is their versatility. The more that a player can bring to the table, the more of an impact they will have on the team. An easy way to quantify that is through double-doubles. DeAndra Scott, senior forward at Old Westbury, has made her impact felt in the Skyline Conference through the consistency of her double-doubles.
Scott was recently named Player of the Week for the Skyline Conference, but really made a name for herself last season when she collected a bevy of accolades, including Skyline Conference Player of the Year and All-ECAC Metro Region First Team. She averaged 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. It is no small accomplishment to average a double-double for a season, something only a handful of NBA players can do. Scott followed that up with a tremendous 2013-’14 season in which she is averaging 22 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The ever humble athlete is not satisfied with individual accomplishments.
“I feel that those awards come with hard work,” said the St. Albans native. “My goal was to play in the championship and I haven’t been able to do that,” she added. The Skyline Conference is a strong league that is currently led by Farmingdale State and Mt. St. Vincent College. The Panthers are out of contention for the conference, much to the chagrin of Scott.
Early in the season, it appeared they would have a chance to enter the postseason as one of the lower seeds, but their season hit a snag on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they were defeated by St. Joseph’s in overtime. They were unable to right the ship and lost their next five contests. This effectively put their season to a premature end.
Nevertheless, Scott has put together a terrific career for the Panthers and is sad to see her time come to an end.
“I’m going to miss everything about college basketball,” she said. “The team, the bus rides, the practices and the atmosphere,” she concluded. She noted that she has improved her game significantly during her career as well. “In high school I was a good player, but you can see the difference now,” she said. She went on to add that, “as a freshman I was coming off the bench and I worked my way up.”
Look no further than the stats. Numbers never lie, and it tells the tale of a player that embraced her increasing role and became not only the premier scorer on the team, but a dominating presence in the low-post. Her point-rebound numbers improved from 8-6 as a freshman in 2010-11, to 11-8, to 18-10 and now 22-11. She is also playing 34.7 minutes per game. Those numbers are similar to superstar NBA forwards DeMarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Four years later and Scott is about to play out the final few games with the program. Now she is moving her sights to post-graduation life, which does not involve basketball. Scott is looking to attend grad school, but it is still in the early stages of determining her decision. She is majoring in media and communications at Old Westbury but will be pursuing a career in marketing.
Life will go on for the Panthers — players graduate every season — but it will be difficult to replace a productive player like Scott who is leading the team in points by a margin of 221, and rebounds by a margin of 148. After all, players that average double-doubles do not grow on trees nor do leaders who inspire their teammates.