Wildcat senior Scott Bamforth leads his team as a 90.5 percent free throw shooter and in 3-point baskets with 55, for a 42 percent mark. Deseret News sports writer Trevor Phibbs recently sat down with the Albuquerque native to discuss his career and plans for the future.
Q: How many hours per day do you dedicate to practicing free throws and have you ever lost in a free throw shooting contest?
A: Every day I make 100. I get (teammate) Joel Bolomboy with me every day and we shoot 'cause I just want to get him better and (help) him make free throws. But it's good for me as well. I don't just do it for him. I do it myself. It usually takes us about 45 minutes for us each to make 100.
I remember when I was little I used to go to those camps and they had free-throw contests and the very first one I lost. After that, I'd just go in the gym and shoot free throws because I didn't want to lose again and I was just competitive. I've never lost one since then.
Q: In your three years at Weber State, what is the most memorable play that you've been a part of?
A: Definitely the half-court shot (a game-winner as time expired against Northern Colorado in 2011). It wasn't just 'cause of me but because it was so big for our team. In that year, we needed that win. We were kind of struggling and Northern Colorado was in first place in the conference. We had (Damian Lillard) out and it was just big for our team emotionally. That's what made it exciting. That got us rolling and I was just happy to be a part of it, even if I didn't make the shot. Still to this day I go back and watch that video and watch Dame hopping on one foot across the gym and chasing me. It was fun — it was a good time for our team. I'll remember that for the rest of my life.
Q: You mentioned Damian Lillard. What's it like as a friend and former teammate to watch him excel at the next level?
A: It's great — it honestly is. And I knew it. The crazy thing is he got doubted, but I've seen what he did every day. I spent so much time with him and tried to work out with him as much as I could and do everything he was doing. He just did it every day. So, when he was going to the NBA, in my mind — I mean no one could ever expect him to do that good — but I just knew he would never fail. He works too hard and he cares too much. I love watching him and I stay up with his team more than I do anything else."
Q: What would it mean to you to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament and put on your dancing shoes for the first time?
A: It would mean everything. I feel like we keep coming up short these last two years and we got to keep grinding. But it would mean everything to have the opportunity to do that. That's what I focus on — trying to win the Big Sky and get to the NCAA tournament and see what we can do from there. But, it would definitely mean everything to me.
Q: What are your plans after your time here at Weber State?
A: I plan on to keep playing basketball — wherever it takes me. I don't know where it'll take me. I'll have some opportunities and I'll see what happens. That's my plan — to play basketball. I'm not really worried too much, have fun with life, and not really care about it too much.