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Bronx Standout Athlete Gets A Chance To Play In NBA Summer League

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It's a dream come true for a standout athlete from the Bronx, who also happens to be the brother of NY1's own Queens borough reporter, Ruschell Boone. Durand Scott has dribbled his way to summer league with the San Antonio Spurs, and as Bronx borough reporter Erin Clarke reports, he could be on his way to a professional career.

Durand Scott wasn't waiting at Barclays Center or biting his nails in front of the TV to hear if his name was called during the NBA Draft.

"I didn't want to be a part of watching it or see my name called or not called," Scott says.

In fact, it wasn't. But Scott, the defensive player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, did get a phone call inviting him to play summer league for the San Antonio Spurs. It is sort of a training camp or tryout, where the scouts and coaches will watch the Bronx player play against NBA rookies and decide if he is a good fit.

"I just know that's the route I have to take and I have to make the best of my opportunity," says Scott.

The summer league begins soon, so Scott has to be on his A-game. He is taking no days off, training consistently.

"At least maybe, uh, three hours a day. I want to say at least five to six times a week," he says.

It's no problem, for this athlete, as he's been at it since he was 9 years old.

It all started in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, where Scott spent hours playing ball at a playground just a couple of blocks away from home. Those hours seemed to have paid off.

"There were other people smoking and playing other kinds of games, gambling and stuff like that, but Durand was always under the net shooting his way," says Faithlyn Scott, Durand's mother.

Scott's mother encouraged sports to steer her son away from trouble. Local basketball coaches noticed him right away .

"The minute Durand walked in, the guy was, 'This is the kid I want,'" says Faithlyn Scott.

Durand Scott says he was not very good at first, and there were some rough times growing up. He lost his father at 15.

"It was very hard at nights to hear him crying in the room," Faithlyn Scott says.

But with the guidance of high school and college coaches and support from family and the community, Scott excelled and has made it this far.

"It's just another opportunity to go out there and do the thing you love," he says.

Now Durand Scott aims for a permanent spot in the NBA, accomplishing a dream for him and one for his late father.

"His last words were, 'I hope he makes it to the NBA,'" Faithlyn Scott says.

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