2011's Shannon Scott Calls It

Shannon Scott's father was the first black scholarship at athlete at North Carolina and his brother is a member of the UNC JV. Shannon, a highly regarded point guard, is blazing his own path and he'll do it in the Big Ten.

Shannon Scott visited Ohio State at the end of September.

A few months later, on the Thanksgiving Day Eve, he committed to the Buckeyes. Clemson, Alabama, UCLA, Connecticut were in the mix.

Scott, ranked No. 33 in the Class of 2011, is the son of a former North Carolina Tar Heel standout, Charlie Scott. For many, the thought of him playing outside the ACC might have been difficult to fathom. "People definitely thought I'd play in the ACC because of him," Scott said.

Instead, the Alpharetta (Gal.) Milton point guard checked his options and grew most comfortable with Thad Matta's national power. "It was the atmosphere of the school and other than basketball I'd like to be there. Watching the team play helps a lot. Plus, it'll be real easy for me to fit in there."

Scott left open the possibility of some of his traveling teammates of joining him. Algie Key and Julian Royal are highly regarded members of the Class of 2011 and heck, it's not like Ohio State is against multiple players from the same squad. Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon formed the nucleus of Scout.com's second-ranked 2010 class.

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