When Dulaney senior Gavan Scanlan made the varsity basketball team as a freshman, he was 6 feet tall and played point guard.
More than three years later, he's somewhere between 6-5 and 6-6, bringing the same ball-handling skills and much more to help lead the Lions to a 12-0 record heading into their game Wednesday night against Franklin.
Now playing small forward for a senior-laden team, Scanlan averages 18.6 points and can hit from the outside, drive to the basket and post players up in certain matchups. He also averages 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Lions.
After playing lacrosse for a couple years, he now is solely focused on basketball, with plans to play in college.
Maintaining a 3.7 weighted grade point average, he's receiving attention from a number of low-Division I programs, in addition to several Division II and Division III schools.
What has been the key to the success of your season to this point?
Definitely, I think it's leadership — we have a bunch of seniors this year. Jordan Williams, Zach Hill and myself have been in the program for four years. We're all good friends on and off the court, so I think the unity we have — we all trust each other — is a big part of our success. Our trust allows us to feed off another and another and so on.
What's it like being a senior?
Being a senior, [I'm] definitely taking a leadership role and helping out the young guys because I've been in that position before. When I was younger, I looked up to the seniors and knew what to expect from them. I've taken what I liked from the seniors I looked up to in the past and just embraced the role. I try to be vocal, play well and pass that on to the young guys.
What goals are set for this season for the team?
The ultimate goal is getting to Comcast [Center] and winning a state championship. But we've been achieving a lot of goals — we won the holiday tournament at Glen Burnie — and we'd like to win a county championship, which would be great. In order to do all that, we have to keep winning games.
How can the versatility you've shown in high school help you at the next level?
I definitely think it will help because I can handle the ball, as well as go to the post. So, I think that mixed in with my shooting ability will make me an influence on offense. I definitely need to work some on my defense because, at the next level, everyone will be bigger and stronger. So that applies to the summer — lifting weight, getting faster and stronger — but I think I can definitely bring versatility to whatever team I play for.
What makes a complete player?
I just think it's being able to do whatever coach asks you to do. It could mean winning a game scoring two points and grabbing 15 rebounds, and then going into the next game and getting 10 assists. It's just whatever it takes. Last year, we had a great scorer in Will Darley, but this year every single night, somebody is bound to get 20 and, if not, we have three or four players getting 15 and probably seven or eight in the box score.
Who has been your biggest role model?
I would say my father. He played college basketball and also played overseas when he was studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. He always told me school comes first and if you work hard, good things will come from it. He got a law degree and is a lawyer now and had the best of both worlds. He got to play over in England, do what he loves — play basketball — and also study.
How much of an influence has playing sports been to you?
I have two older brothers and an older sister who all played sports in college, so sports has been a big influence. I think it definitely helps your time-management skills, as well as your preparation in everything you do. In order to succeed on the field, you have to prepare and that's the same in the classroom. If you're not doing your homework and classwork, you're not going to pass your tests, and if you're not practicing hard, you're not going to do well in games.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun