After serving primarily subbing for Aaron Craft his freshman year, Scott’s court time doubled as he received additional court time alongside Craft. He’s a versatile and talented point-guard who has reportedly turned on the lights and become extremely aggressive defensively. His experience and defensive prowess should serve him well as a player that can fit into multiple roles in Thad Matta’s scheme.
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
High School: Milton
Position: Guard (1)
High School Awards:
- McDonald’s All American (2011)
- Jordan Brand All American (2011)
- Georgia Mr. Basketball (2011)
- Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year (2011)
- First-Team All State (2010)
- First-Team All District (2010)
- Male Athlete of the Year, NeighborNewspapers.com (2010)
Shannon Scott is a 4 star point guard out of Alpharetta Georgia. He was ranked the #6 point guard in the country by Scout.com, and the 34th overall player by ESPNU. As a junior, he lead Milton to a state championship in Georgia while averaging 14 points, 7 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He also participated in the McDonald’s All-American game and picked up an incredible 5 steals in 12 minutes of playing time.
In his first season for the Buckeyes, Scott played in all 35 games and averaged just over 10 minutes in each outing. His role on the team was clearly a ball-distributor, as he would have averaged about 8 assists per 40 minutes on the floor. Compare that to Aaron Craft who picked up 4.6 in 32 minutes last season and it’s pretty apparent that Scott was told to enter the game and feed the ball to his teammates. He certainly performed that job well.
Shannon followed up a successful freshman year with an improved sophomore year. His playing time doubled and his stats (below) improved significantly. Scott built upon his previous year’s tenacious defense with much improved offense. This reinforces Thad Matta’s philosophy that if you can play aggressive defense for him, you will see court time.
Stats courtesy of Buckeyes Beat.
Shannon Scott is as much a point guard as a basketball player can get. He is the consummate floor general, the kind of player that can direct his team and deliver the ball to where it needs to go. He has superb decision making skills and instincts, and is a true WD-40 guy – the grease that keeps things moving smoothly.
He’s a solid defender, as he proved last year by simply seeing the floor. That has apparently improved to the point that Matta considers him to be the most aggressive defender in college basketball this season. And, yes, he’s aware that Aaron Craft is standing to his left. In last year’s profile, Eric stated that “If anything, this will net Scott even more floor time, either simultaneously with Craft or as his backup.” This was a very good call by Eric, since this indeed proved to be the case.
He’s also got a solid mid-range game, and can hit the pull-up jumper after blitzing down the floor at full speed. His great basketball IQ allows him to really see the floor and he regularly maintains his dribble until he knows where he wants to go with the ball.
At times, Scott tends to get moving a little too quickly and will occasionally travel – often due to something the defense is doing. He also has a tendency to leave his feet when passing out of a lane drive, which will lead to charges.
During is freshman year his shooting was not up to par with Aaron Craft’s. He did work on his shooting between seasons, and during his sophomore year his FG and 3-PT percentages compared favorably with Craft’s numbers. Considering Craft isn’t the greatest shooter in the world, that means there’s still work to be done to improve his effectiveness.
Role for the Team:
There’s only one thing Shannon Scott does, and he does it with incredible skill. In fact, he was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team last year. With Shannon’s improved play, the Buckeyes will have no problem getting him on the court, at both the #1 and #2 spots. Scott will continue to back-up Craft at the 1 and Smith at the 2, which gives Thad a very nice three guard rotation /combination this season. This will save a lot of wear and tear at the guard positions.
Also look for he and Craft to be on the floor together during tough defensive stretches, where the Buckeyes need to put the hammer down at their basket. We may also see it in moments that Matta wants to go with a higher paced transition game, where aggressive, high-speed defenders are particularly valuable against the break-away.
Mr. Scott will certainly continue to join the Buckeyes on the court this season one way or another. He seems like the kind of player that could make a significant difference for this team.