FORT WAYNE – A rivalry and friendship were formed when Northrop seniors and twin brothers Bryson and Brenton Scott first stepped onto the basketball courts at Spiece Fieldhouse with Bishop Luers junior James Blackmon Jr.
The three have combined to score more than 5,100 career points, with Bryson coming in at 2,015, Blackmon at 1,604 and Brenton at 1,515. And it isnt over yet as the three are still in the state tournament, and Blackmon has another year left.
Bryson ranks No. 2 all time in Fort Wayne scoring, Blackmon is No. 7, and Brenton is on the verge of cracking the top 10. The three have also parlayed their scoring prowess into college scholarships, with Bryson signed to Purdue, Brenton to Indiana State and Blackmon committed to Indiana.
Bouncing back from a knee injury that ended his sophomore season prematurely, Blackmon leads the state in scoring with 34 points per game and 714 total points. He will likely pass his legendary father, Bishop Luers coach James Blackmon Sr., who scored 1,897 career points at Marion in the early 1980s.
His total could end up at more than 2,500.
Blackmon and the Scott twins played together for years in AAU, ending about the time their high school careers began, but the friendship and competitiveness have continued over the last four years and has been a part of their successes.
That relationship that was founded through workouts at Spiece was driven while they were playing together and hanging out, Northrop coach Barak Coolman said.
The competitive nature of them has pushed each other to excel on the basketball court.
Coolman pointed out the influence former Bishop Luers standout Deshaun Thomas had on the three while Thomas was working out at Spiece.
Thomas started the recent surge of big-time scorers by putting up 3,018 points in his four years with the Knights.
Northrop has been blessed to have the Scott brothers, who have combined for (at least) 3,500-plus points, three SAC tournament titles and three sectional championships.
It is an amazing feat for two brothers who have played side by side for four years, Coolman said. It has been somewhat of a juggling act because they have had to learn how to co-exist and still both put up a tremendous amount of points.
As freshmen, you always knew they were going to be able to score. That was always a strong point of theirs. They have learned to score in different ways.
What they are more excited about is all the wins they have been able to produce because of that. They love to score, but when it comes down to it they love to win and they love to compete more than they love to score.
The Bruins will face another high-scoring player who they once called an AAU teammate in New Haven senior V.J. Beachem in the semifinals of the Marion Regional on Saturday.
Beachem, who spent two years at Harding and two at New Haven, has scored 1,500 career points.