The Gamecocks have begun narrowing down their selection pool for the Class of 2024. Among the headliners is forward Cam Scott, a local recruit with impressive offensive advantages.
Scott became one of the Southeast’s most prolific scorers in the past year and routinely found ways to find a shot. South Carolina prioritizes finding players who can make their offense since it gets them out of offensive jams.
They had had Scott on campus twice in the past few weeks, including Wednesday when he attended the Garnet and Black Madness event. South Carolina seems to be positioning itself well, but what does it bring?
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The defense tries everything to slow Scott down; They break down on pick and rolls, where he is the primary ball handler, shading their cover towards his side and playing sounds that support defense in the lane.
He still manages to find ways to create for himself. Scott’s quick wit allows him to work off catches, over-the-break threes and stepback fallaways.
His length allows him to work on the court from a variety of angles as defenders struggle to keep up with his 6-5 frame. Scott doesn’t have a lot of muscle so working off the low post can be difficult, but he’s found success on many levels of the pitch.
Scott’s athleticism is fluid and surprising; He moves down the court with incisive strides and explodes off the floor to complete a highlight reel dunk. He can jump off any foot and work his way through traffic, two translatable abilities.
His ankle flexibility helps him create separation on ball sevens and he can go deep on a back step. Scott uses his athleticism on defense when he plays solidly on the assist side and deflects shots.
Its qualities come into their own when it pushes the tempo in transition. Scott weaves seamlessly through traffic, gliding past would-be defenders on his way to the basket.
While Scott may not be your primary creator, he understands defensive cover and how to work it down. He shows moments of high-level passing, mainly in the pick and roll.
Scott wedges behind the defenders before making an escape dribble to find shooters on the edge. He knows when to attack and can perform a few back-to-back possessions to skip your offense.
He doesn’t show enough ballhandling consistency to be considered a ball handler, but Scott is comfortable with the basketball. He knows how to score and occasionally makes high-level reads, the hallmark of a secondary playmaker.
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