“I would like to thank Coach Price and his staff for giving me the opportunity to play for Charlotte this year. I would also like to thank the fans here in Charlotte for supporting us night in and night out. This was the start of something very special this year. I enjoyed growing with this team and gaining a second family. The experiences I had this past year will never be forgotten. I want to thank everyone who invested their time and efforts into not only my basketball career but me as a person during my time here. This has not been an easy decision for me whatsoever. At this point in time, my family and I think it would be best for me to leave Charlotte and pursue an opportunity closer to home at the University of Tulsa. Excited to be a part of the Tulsa basketball family and ready for what the future holds. Thank you and God bless.”
This is the statement released by Charlotte’s freshman guard Curran Scott as he decides to head back to his home state of Oklahoma to play the remainder of his collegiate career.
Scott, one of many Edmond Memorial standouts averaged 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists during his freshman year at Charlotte and shot an impressive 43 percent from three point range. Look for him to only improve while he’s at Tulsa. The support he will receive from family and friends just 90 miles away will go a long way, and trust me…he has a huge fan base in the Edmond area, that doesn’t mind traveling. He just wants to be closer to home which is understandable enough.
High school coach Shane Cowherd tweets:
I’m excited that @Curran_Scott10 will be moving back closer to home to play at Tulsa! Tulsa just got a little better! Hard worker. #ECHO
— Shane Cowherd (@CoachSCowherd) April 5, 2016
With the University of Tulsa losing nine players to graduation, head coach Frank Haith looks to rebuild and bring in a competitive group of athletes. Look for Scott to essentially take the place of senior guard, James Woodard (who also went to Edmond Memorial). Woodard averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in his senior season and shot a tad over 35 percent from three point range.
In comparison with Woodard, Scott has awhile to reach Woodard’s level of play with the American Conference being a little tougher than Conference USA, but assuming Scott continues to progress, this is a decent comparison. Woodard is a better rebounder than Scott, but Scott has become a better shooter. Tulsa will take a hit, losing more than half of their team but picking up Curran Scott for the next three years sure is a positive step forward.
A little tougher? The American Athletic is quite a bit tougher than C-USA. The AAC was a 4-bid league this year and is home to a recent national champ (UConn). UConn, Cincy, SMU, Houston, Temple, Tulsa, Memphis, etc. That’s a tough hoops league.
Either way it’s tougher than C-USA. It is considerably tougher though. Should’ve used that word.