As the 2016-17 basketball season rolls around, the recent success of Mick Cronin’s recruiting are abilities are coming full circle. In the last few seasons, Cronin has been able to secure players like Jacob Evans, whose impact was felt last season, Justin Jenifer, Tre Scott, Nysier Brooks and Jarron Cumberland. Cincinnati’s roster for the upcoming year looks as stacked as ever and that includes Scott, who redshirted last season but should be competing for a role this season.
Scott hails from Darien, Georgia where his athleticism and size caught the attention of many coaches across the state and even around the country. Coming out of high school, Scott was ranked as the 15th best player in Georgia according to 247Sports Composite Scale. While at Mcintosh County Academy, Scott proved to be a dominant figure on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball using his college level size to bully high school level athletes on the court.
He measures in at 6 foot 8 inches tall and weighs in at about 220 pounds. As a lengthy wingman in high school, the Bearcats hope he can add some weight to make him a more of a threat in the low post. Since he has not actually touched the court in a UC uniform just yet, we don't exactly how Cronin will use him, but his high school statistics show us just how much of an impact he can make on the Bearcats roster.
In his senior season at Mcintosh County, Scott posted 21.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists per game and 3.5 blocks per game. Its beyond clear that he can fill up the stat sheet in all categories. Scott’s numbers and highlight tapes suggest he can score consistently, defend the paint and pass, which is a rare talent for a big guy. Scott might not get a chance right away, but he is a player to keep an eye on in the coming years.
Scott’s height and play style should make him an easy fit for the UC program. Comparisons to Shaq Thomas or even Justin Jackson are not completely unfounded based on his frame. With UC in need of some bigger bodies now that Thomas, Octavius Ellis and Coreontae DeBerry are gone, Scott should be in the running for playing time after spending the last year learning from those above him.