The famed Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois has seen some of The Windy City's best hoopers come and go over the years. From the likes of Jabari Parker, Derrick Rose, to Nick Anderson and Ben Wilson, whose life was tragically cut short in the mid-1980s, the school has gained a steady, sizable reputation for its rich history on the hardwood.
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The 2016 recruiting class features a few highly-ranked names from Simeon Academy. Zach Norvell and Ben Coupet, to be specific, are the No. 2 and No. 7 recruits in the state of Illinois and they too will look to follow in the footsteps of some of the best to ever do it in The Windy City. The 2015 class meanwhile isn't alone either. D.J. Williams and Ed Morrow are both entering the realm of college hoops, set to attend Illinois and Nebraska respectively. Also in the mix is Iowa commit Isaiah Moss, as well as the player we're profiling today: DePaul's Frederick Scott.
Not to be confused with Frederick Scott Archer, the inventor of the photographic collodion process, Frederick Scott is originally a native of the town of Munster, Indiana, a northwest Indiana community that might as well be a suburb of Chicago as it's located within 30 miles of The Loop. The town is also the home of comedian Jim Gaffigan, and if Scott is as good at basketball as Gaffigan is at jokes, well, needless to say DePaul will have hauled in a good one.
Scott had the opportunity to showcase himself this past spring in The Lone Star State. Whilst playing in the adidas Gauntlet Series in Dallas, the 6-foot-7 forward performed marvelously. Scott amassed averages of 19.6 points and 9.4 rebounds - nearly a double-double - in the Gauntlet Series against some of the best prep players in America.
Transitioning that production from prep play to the college game is easier said, but it's evident that Scott has the type of talent that could help vault DePaul up from the cellar of the Big East and turn it into a formidable in the conference. Reaching that potential is the next goal for the newest Blue Demon who will be hitting the floor this November.