Scott signs to Claflin for hoops St. Charles grad­u­ate heads to same HBCU school as older brother

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

While grow­ing up in Wood­bridge, Va., Sean Scott and his older brother Carl­ton John­son would fre­quently have their NBA 2K bas­ket­ball video game bat­tles on Xbox to see who would fin­ish first.

When it came to sports, the same bat­tles oc­curred, es­pe­cially in bas­ket­ball.

Yet no mat­ter what hap­pened, Scott al­ways looked up to his older brother and the two al­ways had each oth­ers backs.

Years af­ter the bat­tles, Scott, a St. Charles High School grad­u­ate, will now be head­ing to the same col­lege that his brother grad­u­ated from, re­cently sign­ing his na­tional let­ter of in­tent to play bas­ket­ball at NCAA Di­vi­sion II out­fit Claflin Uni­ver­sity in Orange­burg, S.C.

Scott, who watched his brother walk with the Claflin se­nior class on May 7, said that he went on his of­fi­cial visit that same day of the grad­u­a­tion and was just in love with the school.

With Claflin most no­tably be­ing his only schol­ar­ship of­fer, ac­cord­ing to Scott, the for­mer Spar­tan felt that it was the per­fect fit and is ex­cited to carry on a lit­tle fam­ily tra­di­tion at the HBCU-based uni­ver­sity.

“My fam­ily is close to the school down there and my brother just grad­u­ated and played there, so it was nice know­ing that I had peo­ple that knew each other and they knew me at the school,” said Scott, who of­fi­cially had a sign­ing cer­e­mony

at St. Charles on July 27. “It is pretty cool to play­ing at the same school that my brother played at.”

Scott said that re­cruit­ing process was very hard and that sev­eral schools were look­ing at him but just didn’t put an of­fer on the ta­ble.

“It made me work even harder to get into school be­cause noth­ing is guar­an­teed,” said the 18-year Scott, who moved to Wal­dorf when he was in the fourth grade. “Each day I had to work hard on the bas­ket­ball court, so I’m just thank­ful to be play­ing bas­ket­ball.”

Scott said that on his of­fi­cial visit Claflin al­ready felt like home.

“I met some of the play­ers on the team through my brother and they were cool. They said to me, ‘That is lit­tle Carl­ton.’ Ev­ery­one just made it feel very wel­com­ing for me.”

Claflin, which fin­ished 16-13 over­all and were 10-8 in the South­ern In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic Con­fer­ence last sea­son un­der head coach Ricky Jackson, will be look­ing for Scott to bring an im­me­di­ate im­pact at the guard and wing po­si­tions as a true fresh­man.

“I have been work­ing out all sum­mer and I can’t wait to start the new jour­ney,” who had to re­port to Claflin on Satur­day but left on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

For Scott, who at­tended McDonough his first two sea­sons, the jour­ney was tough at times, but once he ar­rived at St. Charles un­der head coach Brett Campbell his over­all game groomed even more.

De­spite the Spar­tans only win­ning six games in his ju­nior sea­son, Scott was lead­ing scorer on the team av­er­ag­ing 14 points per con­test, to go along with 5.8 re­bounds and 1.3 as­sists.

In his se­nior sea­son, Scott em­braced the lead­er­ship role more and not only was the lead­ing scorer at 11.7 points a game, but helped lead St. Charles to a 15-9 over­all mark, more than dou­bling its wins from a year ago. As a se­nior, he was named to the All-South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion team and was an All-County selec­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the max­preps. com, Scott led the state by tak­ing 25 charges his his se­nior year.

“Sean has done a great job do­ing what we’ve asked him to do on and off the court, tak­ing the lead­er­ship and get­ting his grades to­gether so that he can en­roll him­self in school,” Campbell said. “Lead­ing the state in charges is a stat that tells a lot about his will­ing­ness to put his body on the line to win. With Claflin they are get­ting a kid that has a lot of bas­ket­ball left ahead of him.”

Campbell pointed out that in the two years that he coached Scott he saw a tremen­dous amount of growth.

“He re­ally worked on his left hand and fin­ish­ing around the bas­ket. His jump shot is get­ting bet­ter and they are get­ting a very strong guard that works hard,” Campbell said. “I think he will be do­ing a lot of good things for Claflin the next four years.”

Scott added, “I will miss the team and in­di­vid­ual work­outs coach Campbell and [as­sis­tant] coach [Brian] Walker, they both pushed me a lot. “If they didn’t say some­thing to me, it was prob­lem. We had that type of re­la­tion­ship. I was just thank­ful for ev­ery­thing at St. Charles.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO St. Charles High School grad­u­ate Sean Scott signed his na­tional let­ter of in­tent to NCAA Di­vi­sion II Claflin Uni­ver­sity in Orange­burg, S.C. to play bas­ket­ball. Seated, from left, are Sean Scott and Scott’s mother Sharella Scott. In the back row are St. Charles as­sis­tant boys bas­ket­ball coach Der­rick But­ler, left, and head boys bas­ket­ball coach Brett Campbell.

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