During the recruiting process, Arkansas State coach John Brady took the lead on Benton 6-foot-9 senior Jake Scoggins.
And even though Scoggins knew the Red Wolves’ head coach’s future was uncertain he still wanted to be a part of the program.
“My commitment was to the Arkansas State Red Wolves,’’ he said.
“I’m very excited. When I signed coach Brady played a big part but I didn’t sigh to coach Brady I signed to Arkansas State. I’m excited to get in there and work with the other guys on the team.
“Coach Brady played a big part in my recruitment because he recruited me personally. I’m definitely interested to see who the athletic director gets in there and work with the team.
Scoggins plays all over the floor for the Panthers, who are members of 6A-South, which looks very strong this season.
“Jake is no doubt the leader of this basketball team on and off floor,” said Benton coach Dexter Hendrix. “He is a tremendous basketball player but even better person.
“He works extremely hard each and every day to be the best he can be. He is a great young man that has such a bright future because of his talent, work ethic, and attitude.
He is second on the team averaging 10.4 points per game and leads with 7 rebounds per game. A 64 per cent shooter from the floor, he is 33 per cent from the free throw line.
“I’m definitely a stretch 4,’’ he said. “I can definitely take and pop. I can shoot the 3 which is a big asset to my game. I can take it off the dribble. I can play a little bit back to the basket but I mainly like to play face up. I'm definitely a selfless player. I like to find the other guys on the floor and get everyone involved. Sometimes I need to shoot the ball more but I love to get the other guys involved. I’m a team player.”
So while finishing his senior season, he has an eye on what is happening in Jonesboro with the Red Wolves’ season and who Terry Mohajir brings in as coach.
“I definitely going to bust my tail and try and get in there and give myself and opportunity,’’ said Scoggins. “But whichever coach it is if he thinks it would be a better idea for me to redshirt my first year I’d definitely be ok with that. I would understand.”