McDonald's Spotlight: Shannon Scott

CHICAGO - A great senior season has Shannon Scott ready to prove that the East guards as just as good as the ones on the West.

This season things went very well for Shannon Scott. The point guard from Alpharetta (GA) Milton High School excelled. His stock soared all season getting him into the McDonald's All-American Game and also was named the state's Mr. Basketball.

"I had a lot of fun this year," said Scott of his high school season. "I wish we could have won the championship, but I don't regret anything we did this year. I feel I played my best, and I am ready to move on to Ohio State."

For a pass first player like Scott the McDonald's Game can be a great place. He is surrounded by elite players at the four other spots on the floor and it allows him to play his game the way he wants and isn't forced to be a scorer.

"I feel blessed to have all of these great players around me," said Scott. "It makes it easier to distribute the ball and it makes me look a lot better. I am having a lot of fun out there."

From the time the rosters were announced everyone has been calling the West roster stacked. Especially people have pointed to the guards. The West has Austin Rivers, Marquis Teague, and Myck Kabongo all on the roster. Now Scott and his fellow East teammates are trying to prove the doubters wrong.

"All we have heard is how the West team is stacked up and how we can't beat them," said Scott. "We are planning to show that we can beat them, not just compete with them."

After this game, Scott will then turn his focus almost completely on playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. With the news of the returns of Jared Sullinger and William Buford, Scott is excited for the type of season that the Buckeyes could have next year.

"I am looking forward to it," said Scott. "I have a lot of talent coming in with me, and a lot of talent already there. Having Jared, Deshaun (Thomas), and Will Buford will make my game a lot better."

Another positive for Scott is the presence of Aaron Craft. Craft and Scott will both compete for some minutes, though they also plan on being on the floor together at times. Just a freshman, Scott thinks he will learn a lot from the returning point guard.

"I know he is just going to make my game a lot better," Scott said of Craft. "The way he plays defense and the way he gets people the ball, I just want to learn from him and make the best of it."

Before Scott and Craft share a backcourt, he is hoping to close out his high school career this week by teaming with Brad Beal and showing the nation that the East guards can compete with the more hyped West team.


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