A basketball player from Maryland appeared on The Athletic’s 2022 NBA Draft Prospects Rankings. But they weren’t the ones you might guess – bruises 6-11 center Qudus Wahab, or starting playmaker Eric Ayala, last year’s leading scorer who entered and then retired from this year’s draft. It was Dona scott.
Scott landed at No.47 on Sam Vecenie’s list of recognizable players for next year, the only Maryland player on the list. The 6-foot-7-inch junior flew somewhat under the radar after placing third on the team in scorers (11 PPG), first in rebounds (5.9 RPG). shooting a good 48.8 percent from the floor and posting the fifth-best 3-point single-season percentage (438 percent) in school history last season. With Aaron Wiggins gone, Scott will have a chance to increase those numbers and establish himself as a professional prospect.
Questions on Scott will be related to conditioning and defense. He’s a bit beefy at times and had his share of defensive shortcomings last season, although some of them could be attributed to the load he carried, often keeping opposing crosses at 6-7. He’s quite long, with a 6-9 wingspan and an 8-7 standing reach that are virtually identical to Aaron Wiggins’ measurements. He also placed fifth in the Big Ten in live shooting percentage, ninth in offensive rating, eighth in spin percentage and eighth in defensive rebounds while from 27 of Maryland’s 31 games.
Still, he was mostly overshadowed by Wiggins and Ayala. And he could start this season in the shadow of Ayala and Wahab, despite being perhaps Maryland’s best player. He is clearly the toughest and most versatile player in the Terps.
“Donta is just like a pit bull”, former Maryland guard Darryl Morsell said last season. âIf I go down an alley, I want Donta with me, because I know he’s going to fight for me, he’s going to give it his all. Thus, he wears the same behavior and the same state of mind in the field. He just plays to win.
The No.145 player in the 2019 class, Scott is expected to end his career as one of the most underrated players in this class. This isn’t the first time Vecenie has presented Scott as an NBA prospect. In March, he ranked him No.78 prospect for the 2021 draft, which, of course, he did not participate in. He was two places ahead of Wiggins, who was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in last week’s draft. It was the fourth year in a row that a Maryland player was drafted, after Jalen Smith, Bruno Fernando and Kevin huerter.