Brenton and Bryson Scott have a wealth of childhood memories of playing sports together.
From preschool to Upward League to playing at Maple Creek Middle School, the twins never faced off against each other in game competition. Sure, the two would play pick-up and one-on-one against one another, but never, not even in other sports, such as football or baseball, would the two be separated.
The duo showcased their talents as one with the AAU team Spiece Indy Heat from fourth grade to their senior year of high school. They will go down in Northrop boys basketball history as the top two scorers in the program's 41-year history.
“Our grandparents started off and put us in all different sports, not just basketball,” Bryson said. “We played baseball, football and even track. But we were always together.”
The family plan was expected to carry the Scott boys through college, where they would play basketball beside one another in a backcourt at a prestigious program.
Then came the summer of 2010.
The twins were attending a camp at Purdue, showcasing their talents for coach Matt Painter in an attempt to gain recognition and, if lucky, earn a scholarship offer from the Boilermakers.
“Coach Painter called us into his office and sat us down,” Brenton recalled. “He told us both that we were very good players, but that he was only going to offer a scholarship to Bryson.”
Brenton was floored.
“It kind of hurt my feelings,” Brenton said.
The Scotts had a decision to make. This was a big-time Big Ten program offering one of them a scholarship. They had never considered playing in different places in college, but could Bryson turn down the offer?
“When I got the offer from Purdue, I knew it was not going to work out, us staying together,” Bryson said. “It was tough.”
The two had gotten offers from a few schools – Ohio University and IPFW – to stay together at the next level. But MAC and Summit League programs do not have the allure of Purdue.
Bryson committed to the Boilermakers in November 2010, leaving his brother looking for a collegiate home.
It came in March 2012.
“I had offers from Missouri State and Wright State, and in the late summer (of 2011) Indiana State offered me,” Brenton said. “It was not a big-time school like Indiana or Purdue, but I went down for a game and loved the way they play.”
Brenton committed on March 13 and credited the meeting with Painter as inspiration.
“I used (not getting a scholarship offer from Purdue) as motivation,” Brenton said. “I kept trying to get better and better every chance I got.”
The two have pushed themselves and their teammates to get better each season at Northrop, culminating in a senior campaign that has seen the Bruins capture their third SAC Tournament championship and third sectional title in the last four years.
The Scott boys have their eyes on more, while trying not to look too far ahead.
“When we are at home, we try and talk about what is going to happen after that last game,” Bryson said. “We try to keep a positive outlook on it. We don't want it to end. We want a state championship before we have to go our separate ways.”
The duo has combined to score 3,530 points at Northrop over four seasons. Currently at 2,015 career points, Bryson is Northrop's all-time leading scorer. Brenton sits at 1,515 points entering Saturday's Marion Regional semifinal game against New Haven.
Bryson is second all-time in Allen County to Deshaun Thomas (3,018) in career points.
It is a legacy that will stand for awhile.
“Win or lose this season, me and Bryson have accomplished a lot together,” Brenton said.
So many times, Bryson and Brenton have locked eyes in an empty gym or in a park on an asphalt court, one on offense, one on defense. But never has it come in a real game with real implications.
That time may come in a few years. According to Brenton, Purdue and Indiana State have spoken about a home-and-home series beginning in 2014, pitting Boilermaker Scott and Sycamore Scott against each other for the first time.
Both of them would relish the opportunity.
“We feel like we know what each other can do on the court, but there are still times where he surprises me with what he can do,” Brenton said. “I'm sure he feels that too sometimes.”
The twins hope they have a few more weeks to make everlasting memories together.
“We embrace what we have done and appreciate it,” Bryson said. “There are feelings that will definitely be there when it ends; we just want to keep going as long as we can.”