KY Tour: Scott County Reloads

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Scott County is always a contender to win Kentucky's state championship and this year is no different, especially with the amount of talented prospects they've had make their way to Scott County during the off season.

Kentucky commit Dakotah Euton and Chad Jackson both transferred from Ashland (Ky.) Rose Hill Christian to Scott County. But the Cardinals also picked up a pair of talented freshman in Isaih Ivey and Tamron Manning, both future Division I prospects.

Throw those four in the mix with junior Ge-Lawn Guyn and senior Richie Phares, who are returning starters, and the Cardinals should be one of, if not the, best team in the state of Kentucky.

Leading the way inside for the Cardinals will be Euton. The 6-foot-7 big man has added weight to his frame and is still the knock down shooter from long range that he's always been.

"He's going to be nightmare for people to guard," Scott County coach Billy Hick said. "He can drain the three from 20-22 feet. He'll sit out there and shoot all day. He's got good hands inside and big, strong shoulders. His defense has gotten a lot better too."

Although Euton has only been under his watch for a few months, he says he's been a pleasure to coach.

"He's been a coaches dream," he said. "Every drill we do he works his butt off and he's so competitive and wants to do so well. Over the course of the summer he led us in scoring and rebounding."

While Scott County will be talented inside, they are deep at the guard spot. According to Hicks, Jackson will be the starting point guard and he says he's developed into a true point guard.

"With him I think everyone wants to see how his offensive game comes on and his shot," Hicks said. "He has everything else. He can guard the heck out of it and he's so quick and athlete. He handles the ball and is one of the better passers we've had in a while."

"I'm playing better than ever for real because I'm playing with so many other good players," Jackson said. "[I'm] shooting [better], making better decisions and getting my team involved because I have so many better players around me."

On the recruiting front, Jackson has had a handful of schools come in and watch him work out – Dayton, Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky.

"It's going good. It's pretty much the same schools. Everything is still going good right now. I'm just trying to think about it. I think I might take a visit to Dayton sometime in the next few weeks." "Dayton has been here a bunch of times and I think Dayton is getting ready to offer," Hicks said. "Louisville is showing some interest. Kentucky too, every time Jeremy [Cox] calls he asks about Chad. I think they may step up."

Playing next to Chad on the wing will be 2010 standout Guyn. Unfortunately the 6-foot-3 guard wasn't at practice on Wednesday, but according to his coach he's a guy that has earned high major interest.

"He's got big time quickness," he said. "He's got really big time athleticism and he's got a good shot now. He's developed a good shot. His ball handling is improving and his quickness is getting so much better. The big thing Ge-Lawn can do is defend. He can flat out shut you down."

Guyn took a trip to Indiana for their midnight madness festivities a few weeks ago. Louisville has also been in to watch him workout. Hicks mentioned Wake Forest, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina for him as well.

Although he's received the least attention out of anyone on the squad, Phares, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is one of the keys to their success. The talented big man moves well, has a great touch on his jumper and isn't afraid to mix it up inside.

"Richie handles it, shoots it, has great hands around the basket and has a good knack for finishing around the basket," Hicks said. "People don't realize how high he can jump. He really doesn't have a weakness. He runs good and has good strength."

Phares, who is a Division I prospect, was hearing from a host of MAC programs, but as of late hasn't received much college attention and appears to be wide open.

The two freshmen, Ivey and Manning, are already receiving a lot of attention within the state. Ivey, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound lead guard, is a quick, south paw with a good-looking stroke out to 21-feet. While Manning, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound wing, is an above average athlete with a strong frame.

"Isaih is a little better shooter right now than Tamron," Hicks said. "Tamron knows a little bit more about the game as far as passing and defense. He's a little bit ahead of Isaih on that. I don't know if we've ever had two freshman like these two."

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