- 3.1 points per game
- 3.6 rebounds
- 0.9 assists
Incremental progress is not something that really moves units, pushes page views or puts butts in the seats. But its what good athletes do during their time in college, especially if they are going to be around for a while. Tre Scott did just that in his sophomore campaign, building on his work as a redshirt freshman and continuing his role as a key contributor off the bench.
As a backup, Scott was responsible for playing solid defense, working the glass and making shots when he got a chance, which was pretty rare. While he took leaps forward in other areas, he only had a usage percentage of 13.3, a drop of more than four points from his freshman year. That is why he only averaged 3.1 points per game, which matched his average from the year prior. His player efficiency rating also took a dip and he blocked fewer shots, but that doesn’t mean he was worse. In fact, with career-bests in offensive rating (119.7), defensive rating (86.89) and win shares (2.2), it was clear that he was better than the prior season.
It started with his playing time, which increased by two minutes, as he averaged 12.5 minutes per game following a 10.5 average in 2016-17. He played in all 36 games and was used exclusively as a reserve. In that time, he became a more efficient scorer, even if the volume was not increased all that much. He made 55.4 percent of his field goal tries, which was good for a true shooting percentage of 57.1. While his foul shooting wasn’t stellar, he nearly doubled his free throw attempt rate. Additionally, he worked harder on the boards, with a 16.2 percent rebound rate and a career-high 3.6 boards per game.
Perhaps the most surprising development was Scott’s improved court vision and distribution prowess, as he had nearly one assist per game and an assist percentage of 12.6. While he’s not going to start running the point anytime soon, having that ability to move the ball is always valuable for any player.
The Best of the Best
Nov. 13, 2017 vs. Western Carolina
Scott came off the bench and made all of his field goal attempts to finish with six points, as well as six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. That’s a productive 18 minutes.
Nov. 27, 2017 vs. Alabama State
In only 15 minutes, Scott produced five points and seven rebounds. He would add the same number of boards in UC’s next game.
Dec. 19, 2017 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
While he only made 1-of-3 shots from the floor, he sank 4-of-6 at the free throw line and also tallied five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a total of six points.
Jan. 20, 2018 vs. East Carolina
A five point and seven rebound afternoon was just fine.
Feb. 22, 2018 vs. UConn
Despite an off day shooting free throws (1-for-4), Scott was excellent against the Huskies, racking up nine points and as many rebounds.
March 1, 2018 at Tulane
For the first and only time of the season, Scott reached double figures in points, netting 10 to go with six rebounds in 17 minutes.
For Next Year
Scott is going to be in the starting lineup next year, or at least he will be on the short list of players Mick Cronin will choose from. Even if he doesn’t become an every game starter, there’s no doubt that his workload will increase substantially. With more playing time, Scott needs to really just continue on his path of progression. That includes providing strong defense and improving on his rim protection, which are all things he has excelled in before. It also wouldn’t hurt if he became a bit more assertive and effective on offense, but he doesn’t need to be a 15-points-per-game guy to be an important contributor.