FORT WAYNE – This time there were no tears for Bryson Scott. So let history offer a final, revised photograph to one of the great careers in Fort Wayne boys high school basketball.
On the final day he wore a Northrop uniform, Scott was so emotionally overcome after the Bruins’ regional semifinal loss to New Haven that he had to be helped off the Marion gymnasium floor, where he left with 27 points and 17 rebounds.
Monday, however, Scott’s emotions varied from joy to pride to gratitude, as the 6-foot-2 senior was named the winner of the 2013 Tiffany Gooden Award as the SAC Player of the Year.
The Purdue-bound guard, who led the Bruins to three SAC tournament titles and was a 2013 Mr. Basketball candidate, received the honor at the annual All-SAC and All-Northeast Indiana celebration sponsored by The Journal Gazette and Sport ONE Ortho Northeast. The event was held at the Walb Union on the IPFW campus.
It hit me like a flash – all my four years with coach (Barak) Coolman, all the times I had with players, and all the players I had with me – it hurt my spirit because I wanted to win so bad and wanted to lead my coach to his first regional championship, Scott said, recalling that afternoon in Marion. I had so many aspirations and goals to reach, and I didn’t reach them, and at that moment, my spirit was kind of crushed.
Now I’m happy to be here, working hard, and it’s a blessing to have this award. I’m going to continue to work hard. This type of stuff motivates me to be a better player and try to be the best player I can be at the college level.
Scott, as well as his twin brother, Brenton, was also named to the All-SAC and All-Northeast Indiana teams.
Bryson Scott averaged 23.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Bruins went 19-8 this season. He finished with 2,042 points, second all time behind three-time Gooden Award winner Deshaun Thomas of Bishop Luers.
Bryson Scott is the first Northrop player to receive the award, which initiated in 1994.
Concordia’s Josh Eggold and North Side’s Shabaz Khaliq were named co-SAC Boys Coaches of the Year, and South Side’s Juanita Goodwell was selected as the SAC Girls Coach of the Year.
Goodwell led the Archers to the Class 4A state championship game, where they lost to Bedford-North Lawrence.
What really happened for us is we found ourselves to be fighters, to stay in the game, Goodwell said.
Eggold’s Cadets also were state runners-up in the Class 3A tournament.
It’s so much easier to talk about your kids when you’re a coach than to think about an award like this, Eggold said.
Khaliq led North to the SAC regular season title.
For me, it’s not an individual award because I don’t do it by myself, Khaliq said. I’ve got a great group of guys with me, and I’m happy for our kids because when you win an individual award like that, it showcases what they were able to accomplish because at the end of the day, they were the ones who had to go out and play the game.