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Mike Scott Learning The Ropes In The NBA

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The UVA men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007 last year, thanks in large part to Mike Scott, who led the team with 18 points and 8 rebounds per game.

Scott beat the odds to make it to the NBA, and was drafted by the Hawks, and now he's doing everything he can to make sure he stays there.

He is living the life as NBA basketball player.

Mike Scott is a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks.

On January 12th, the Hawks made a trip to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards.

Scott was a second round draft pick by Atlanta last summer, and made the Hawks' opening day roster.

"It felt good, it was a big relief," says Scott. "It was a tough training camp, tough summer league, so I was happy."

At UVA, Scott was the Cavaliers best player and the focal point of the offense.

Now he's having to adjust in the pros, playing only a few minutes a game, or sometimes not at all.

Scott says, "It's a lot different from playing colleges down south in the ACC, to going out west and playing against Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge and guys like that.

Each NBA team only gets 15 roster spots.

Mike Scott signed a two year contract with Atlanta for the NBA league minimum.

That minimum is just over $470 thousand per season.

"I put it in the bank," says Scott.  "I haven't really bought anything. I bought a truck, bought a place, but nothing too crazy."

One thing is clear: Scott's fifth season at UVA was beneficial, developing his perimeter shot has made him an NBA asset.

Scott says, "It definitely was beneficial, that's my role, hitting open shots, being athletic and running and being active."

Now the goal for Scott is staying in the NBA, and improving his game.

Hawks head coach Larry Drew like's Scott's potential.

Drew says, "He needs to just keep working hard and wait for that opportunity which is going to come.  It's just a matter of time. He is a terrific player.  I like his attitude, he comes in everyday and works hard and he's a guy that can make shots."

Scott says he's focused on improving.

"Working on my defense, my dribbling, shooting shots, just trying to become a role player," says Scott.

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