The South Carolina basketball program continues its quest for the state’s Class of 2024 guard, Cam Scott.
Gamecock coach Lamont Paris traveled to Lexington High on Sunday to watch the rising junior and his teammates practice. Sept. 9 was the first day Division I coaches were allowed face-to-face contact with rookies.
“Coach Paris got away with it but it was good. We had conversations. I could sit down and chat with him. It was pretty deep conversations,” Scott said Wednesday after his team played the first Glymph Fall League night at Cardinal Newman.” We talked about life, the Gamecock vibe and being in Colombia for any kind of gaming event, especially football, because they just played their first home game.”
Scott is considered South Carolina’s top prospect for the Class of 2024 by 247Sports and On3. The On3 Consensus rankings place Scott at 27th in the nation, and 247Sports Composite places him at 32nd.
Scott was proposed by former USC coach Frank Martin, and Paris continued that recruitment when he took over in April. Gamecock coaches attended all of Scott’s and Team United’s games at Peach Jam in July.
Scott said he hears from South Carolina coaches several times a week. Assistant coach Eddie Shannon is Scott’s main scout with Paris.
“He’s a really great guy and I’m starting to understand why a lot of these four and five stars from across the state are coming in and learning from him,” Scott said of Paris. “He has this friendly environment but he wants you to improve. It’s the same with the staff. They want you to be the best every day, but they’re all having fun with you.
Scott attended USC Football’s home opener against Georgia State as a fan, but will return to campus next month for his official visit on Oct. 22. He will attend the Texas A&M football game as part of this visit.
“Since it’s so close and I’ve been around the facility before, it’ll be more like everyday life,” Scott said of his official visit. “So I’ll probably catch up with some of the players, maybe hang out with GG (Jackson), to see what a day in the life of a Gamecock looks like.”
The Gamecocks were able to land Jackson, the highest ranked player in the Class of 2023. The Ridge View standout was reclassified to the Class of 2022 and is now a USC freshman. Jackson actively tried to obtain other high-end products from the state to play with the Gamecocks.
Scott said Jackson reached out to him recently.
The Gamecocks aren’t the only school after Scott. Some of its other offerings include North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Missouri, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech.
Scott plans to make an official state visit to Florida on October 1, followed by an unofficial visit to Tennessee on October 15. There’s a chance he’ll make a visit to Auburn before his season starts in November. He attended an “elite camp” in Auburn during the summer.
Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee have all asked to come see Scott in the coming week, according to Lexington coach Elliott Pope.
The 6-foot-5 Scott averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game for Lexington as a sophomore and earned his second all-state honor. He attended the NBA Top 100 camp during the summer.
Outlook in the State
A look at some of South Carolina’s top basketball prospects in the state:
Class of 2023
Jordan Butler, Christ Church – USC Official Visit August 19
Coen Carr, Legacy Early College – Committed to Michigan State
Arden Conyers, Westwood — Committed to USC
Collin Murray-Boyles Columbia native playing at Wasatch Academy) – Committed to USC
Class of 2024
Elijah Crawford, Legacy Early College — Unofficial Visit September 17
KJ Greene (Colombia native playing at Pace Academy in Georgia) – Unofficial visit September 17
RAdm Scott, Lexington — Official visit October 22