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Posted On: 01/8/18 5:00 AM
With college options available, Atlantic’s 6-foot-6 post Scott Leonard is splitting his time focusing on his final high school season, and wondering where he might be playing next season.
Local small schools; Simpson, Mount Marty, Briar Cliff and Buena Vista are all options for him, and he’s got it narrowed down to those four.
“Buena Vista is probably the most serious right now, they’re hitting me pretty hard. And, it’s kind of a toss up right now, I’m not really sure where I want to go, but definitely one of those four schools,”
He’s visited all the schools except Simpson, he plans to visit there soon. Then, he hopes to make a decision.
“I’m hoping to make a decision before the end of the season, before playoffs, just to get that out of the way. I just want to find the right place,” said Leonard.
With his senior season approaching the halfway point, we talked with Leonard about his successes, in particular his very efficient shooting percentage of 72.2 percent.
“I think I’m a pretty good finisher around the rim, my shooting percentage this year is high, I think it’s the best in 3A, so that’s definitely one of my bigger strengths,” said Leonard. “Also, my ability to pass out of the post is pretty good, or just passing in general. And then offensive rebounding.”
He mentioned to PHIA what it is he needs to work on most before he’s ready to play at the next level.
“I need to develop a little bit more of an outside game, but when we have guards like Austin Alexander, who can shoot the outside ball so well, it’s not something I don’t really need to do right now. But it’s something I’d like to do.”
Leonard is averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game through the team’s first nine, and doing so at that amazingly efficient clip. He’s also leading the Trojans in rebounding, pulling down 8.6 per game.
He’s mentioned how the season’s been going so far for his squad, and things are on the up and up.
“We started out really slow, but that was fixed really quick. We just beat a couple of ranked teams, so I think we’re doing a pretty good job of getting it together,” said Leonard. “Guys are really finding their roles, new guys are really stepping up, and that’s something we’ve needed.”