Campbell's Scott also bound for Mississippi State
by Adam Carrington
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Dante Scott
Dante Scott
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Dante Scott is just halfway through high school, and his college basketball plans are already secure.

And Campbell has the luxury of having him for two more seasons.

The rising junior guard committed to Mississippi State last week after having a breakout sophomore season for the Spartans. He helped guide Campbell to an 18-11 record and a berth to the Class AAAAAA state tournament as Region 4AAAAAA’s No. 3 seed. Scott averaged 21.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Now, he can use the next two seasons to hone his skills and take Campbell to the next level.

“It’s such a big relief on my every-day life on and off the court,” Scott said. “Now, I can play basketball.”

Scott had a list of colleges like Georgia, Georgia State, Clemson, Tennessee and Miami that showed interest in him. He said he had the best rapport with Mississippi State coach Rick Ray and his staff, and that played a major role in his decision to commit.

Scott committed to the Bulldogs at around the same time another Cobb County basketball star, rising Wheeler senior Elijah Staley, made his promise to Ray. Staley was a two-sport commitment, also set to play football for Mississippi State.

“We’re good friends,” Scott said. “We play AAU (basketball) together. We have good chemistry on the court and I will look forward to playing with him.”

The 6-foot-5 Scott was quiet his freshman season, appearing in just eight games, but it didn’t take him long to draw attention as a sophomore.

He had a 34-point game against Marietta and a 33-point showing against Pebblebrook. When Campbell coach James Gwyn secured his 400th career victory last December in a win over Carver-Atlanta, Scott had 27 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 on the free-throw line.

His scoring numbers dropped a little in January when given more floor responsibilities — he finished the year averaging 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals — but his scoring numbers often hovered in the double digits.

Scott played some of his best games down the stretch, scoring 29 points in a 55-53 win over Kennesaw Mountain in a Region 4AAAAAA tournament win that put Campbell in the state playoff. He later scored 42 points in an 83-80, five-overtime thriller over McEachern in the region consolation game.

Scott’s ability to do more than just shoot the ball as a backcourt player caught the attention of college scouts.

“He’s a true combo guard,” Gwyn said. “He can shoot, score, pass and get to the free-throw line. All those things will transfer well into the college game.”

Gwyn also said that the 15-year-old Scott is ready for the “physicality” of the college game, an area that takes many high school athletes a full four years to fully grow into their roles.

Playing AAU ball during the offseason against older players also helped.

“Looking at his upside, and where his game is right now, that’s what’s most impressive,” Gwyn said. “He’s unselfish, even though he can put up the high-scoring numbers.”
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