Dec. 3, 2010
Notre Dame senior forward Carleton Scott has helped the Irish get off to an 8-0 start in the 2010-11 season, averaging 11 points per game while leading the team in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game. The 6-8, 218-pound forward from San Antonio, Texas helped the Irish to the championship at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., as he led the team in scoring with 16 and 12 points respectively in wins over California and Wisconsin. He has led the Irish in rebounding in four of their eight wins. Following their win over Indiana State on Nov. 30, und.com’s Hilary Ferguson talked with Scott about the Irish and their early success this season.
The Irish are 8-0 to start the 2010-11 season. What are your goals individually and as a team for this year? Our team goal is to win a national championship and individually, my goal is to help the team get there.
What is your most memorable moment in your time here at Notre Dame so far, whether on or off the court? My most memorable moment so far has to be hitting the game-tying shot at Marquette to go into overtime. We ended up winning that game.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? My only pre-game ritual is to always put my right socks and shoes on before my left.
Did you ever play any sports other than basketball? The other sports I have played are a little football and I also ran track.
Why did you decide to come to Notre Dame? I decided on coming to Notre Dame because you get the best of both worlds here at ND. The academics and athletics are great here.
What is the most difficult part of being a student-athlete at Notre Dame? The most difficult thing being a student-athlete is definitely time management.
I see you’re a history major. Why did you choose this major? I’ve always loved history. My dad and I used to watch the History Channel and talk about wars all the time.
What are your other hobbies outside of basketball? Being a student-athlete and not having much free time, I would say that sleep is by far my favorite hobby right now.
Pick three words to describe yourself. The three words that best describe myself would be goofy, laid-back and focused.
How do you feel your game or skills have changed since you were a freshman? The biggest change that I’ve seen is that I’ve gotten a lot stronger. That has helped me tremendously throughout my game.
What do you miss most about the Texas? The thing I miss about Texas is working on my dad’s motorcycle.
Have you traveled anywhere particularly cool for basketball? I loved going to the Canary Islands in high school.
If you were given a million dollars today, what would you do with it? If I had a million dollars I would donate it, invest it and splurge.
Do you have a dream job after you leave Notre Dame? My dream job would be playing professionally in the NBA.
What is/are your favorite movie(s)? My favorite movies would have to be “He Got Game,” “The Prestige,” and “Man On Fire.”
Where is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is the arena in the middle of the night. It’s nice and peaceful and helps me clear my mind.
Who was your favorite athlete that you looked up to growing up? Growing up, I really looked up to Ray Allen from the Celtics.
What advice would you give to incoming freshman? The best advice that I would give an incoming freshman would be to stay mentally tough because the journey can be a roller coaster and you have to be able to handle both the ups and downs.
What is your favorite away-game destination/environment to play in? My favorite place to play is definitely South Florida because it is warm there.
Have you had a favorite class or professor here at Notre Dame? I have two favorite classes and professors: African-American Resistance with Pierce and Anthropology with McKenna.