Jax State lands 2016 Guard

Sunday afternoon @BamaMixTape reported that Roderic Scott (AL) verbally committed to Jacksonville State.

“I committed yesterday because I think they made me a priority and I can go into their system and do well,” said Scott.

The decision came on the heels of a Saturday campus visit during which he watched Jacksonville State host Eastern Illinois.  EIU won 75-64.

“First, I went to a game up there,” said Scott.  “I went to one of their games.  I got back home and I was talking to my parents and I pulled the trigger.”

Scott called one of their coaches.

“They were happy,” said Scott.  “They let me know how big it was that I made that decision.”

Scott is following in his family’s footsteps, to some degree.  Both his father (D2 University of Montevallo) and brother played college basketball.

“My family were proud of me,” said Scott.  “They were just glad I kept the tradition of going to college.  That is pretty much it.”

The Hunt 

The Gamecocks started recruiting Scott in July, as he played for Southeast Elite AAU.

The teams most involved were Alabama State, Jacksonville State, and Texas-Pan American.

“I took unofficials to Alabama State and Jacksonville State,” said Scott.

According to Scott he will take an official visit sometime this winter to Jacksonville State University.

The Fit

Scott will join the JSU program lead by Head Coach James Green.  He will immediately fight for playing time on the ball with current freshman DelFincko Bogan (10.8 mpg, 2.9 ppg).  Next season JSU will have to replace the minutes and production of outgoing senior point guard JaQuail Townser (29.0 mpg, 9.4 ppg, 3.6 apg).

What can Roderic Scott bring the program?

“They are going to get a great player,” said former high school teammate Darian Adams (Signed to Troy University).   “He plays great defense.  He can handle the ball really well.”

When the worked together both Adams and Scott shared point guard duties.

“If he is hot I let him have the ball,” said Adams.  “Then we will just switch off.  He is mostly on the ball and creates plays for me to get more shots.”

Combined with Adams, Scott helped St. Jude’s win two Class 1A state titles in Alabama before the school’s closing forced him to find a new home.

Scott landed at perennial power Montgomery Lee High School, where he now competes.  Scott is not a one-dimensional player.  He is especially capable of creating for himself.

“He pretty much can do it all, but if it had to be one thing it would be his mid-range jumper,” said Adams.

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