CU Buffs basketball alum Josh Scott tests NBA waters with Nuggets workout

Former Colorado basketball big man Josh Scott hopes to show NBA teams that he has the athleticism to play in the league.
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Former Colorado basketball big man Josh Scott hopes to show NBA teams that he has the athleticism to play in the league.

DENVER — For the past four years, Colorado basketball’s Josh Scott has been working hard to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA and has improved every year. On Friday, he got one step closer to achieving that dream as he worked out for the Denver Nuggets.

“It went well. My stop back in Denver is kind of surreal, but I have a lot more work to do,” Scott said. “I wish I would have made a lot more shots, but I think that’s everybody. But in terms of just the work and the process, I put in the work, so it’s just about showing it now.”

Now three workouts in, the 6-foot-10 Scott said the feedback he’s received from the various teams he’s visited has been fairly positive.

“I shoot it better than they thought, they’re a little worried about my athleticism, but my answer to that is it got me through high school, got me through college pretty well,” he noted. “But other than that, they like how I compete, how I go for loose balls, how I rebound. So it’s just about continuing to do what I do and we’ll see what happens.”

Scott said that as the draft fast approaches, his focus has shifted to showing the teams he’s worked out for that he can shoot the ball well as a big man, which he thinks he wasn’t known for at Colorado, despite shooting 53 percent and averaging 16.3 points last season.

Scott focused his energy on the other end of the court throughout his time at CU, where he averaged 8.8 rebounds and blocked 52 shots during his senior season.

“Coach (Tad) Boyle and his staff really instilled in me that you’ve got to contribute when you’re not scoring,” Scott said. “Sometimes, you might not be in the opportunity to showcase your offense. Acknowledge my defense, acknowledge rebounding, that’s the thing that I always pride myself on and continue to pride myself on when I’m on the court.”

During the two days leading up to Friday’s workout at the Pepsi Center, Scott also paid a visit to the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers to showcase his talent for them.

Next week, he’s headed to Dallas and Los Angeles to work out for the Mavericks and Clippers.

“I really like the process. It’s exciting traveling. Getting to do these workouts has been a blast so far, so I’m just going to keep going through this month like the same way I started it,” Scott said.

And if the Nuggets decide to add Scott to their roster, he’ll achieve his quintessential NBA dream.

“I obviously love Colorado and I love Denver, that’s no secret,” Scott said. “I’m just going to come in and wherever they need me, I’m going to do. Only they can say that, I don’t really know. That’s up to smarter, wiser minds than me to figure out where I fit in. But I think I can really help this team win games.”