Will Scott Has Allan Houston’s Number

Okay, you’re a University of Louisville basketball fanatic or you wouldn’t be here. Should know just about everything about the team. So who was Will Scott’s basketball idol, the one he fashioned his three-point shot after, and adopted this player’s No. 20 number for his jersey?

None other Allan Houston, the former New York Knicks guard. Houston  played at Ballard High and signed with U of L before following his dad Wade Houston to Tennessee where Wade became head coach.

Scott, 24, is the son of longtime New York Knicks doctor Norman Scott and has seen championships up close. But as a youngster, he was in awe of Michael Jordon.

As a 7-year-old, he traveled with Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and other future Hall of Fame players as they qualified for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where they won the gold medal.

His most memorable Olympic moment came one morning at breakfast. Eating a bowl of cereal, he looked up and saw Jordan, “like God,” peering down at him.

“I froze, and then I ran to the side of the room and started crying because I didn’t know what to do,” the fifth- year senior recalled with a laugh during last week’s Big East Conference Tournament in New York.

Scott’s decision to leave Cornell to join Rick Pitino is chronicled in a nice piece at Bloomberg.com.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.