2015 MSU Commit Dante Scott Update

IMG Academy head basketball coach Yusef Fitzgerald talks about Mississippi State 2015 commit Dante Scott, who transferred to IMG in January.

  • Name: Dante Scott
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 230
  • Colleges of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State.

  • "He is a high character, yes sir, no sir, let's get it done type kid," said Fitzgerald. "It doesn't matter how you get it done, you just get it done. He's like that on and off the court. He comes from a great background. He's a very bright kid. He's got a great work ethic and works his tail off."

    According to Fitzgerald, Scott is very high intensity on the court.

    "When he's on the court he doesn't take prisoners," said Fitzgerald. "When he gets his momentum going, there is nothing that is going to stop him. When he decides he's going to the basket, he's going to the basket. I don't care who you put on him because when Dante decides he's going to the basket, he's going and he will finish on top of your head. He can dunk on anyone. He had two dunks this year on back to back days in our tournament that were so hard that I thought that they needed to check on the kid he dunked on."

    Not only does Scott have tremendous intensity, he's also got an SEC-ready body even as a junior.

    "He's athletic and he's already got an NBA body, a LeBron James type body," said Fitzgerald. "He's about 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-4, 225 to 230 and there is not an ounce of fat on his body. He does a workout where he does a handstand pushup. He's in a handstand doing a pushup!"

    Scott reminds Fitzgerald of a former Mississippi State player, point guard Jamont Gordon.

    "He is a righthanded Jamont Gordon, that's who he is," said Fitzgerald. "He can play the point or the two. He rebounds well. He finishes around the basket really, really well. He can create off the dribble, and when you do that initially it gives you opportunities to open up your offense. He's a combo point/forward just like Jamont was. (Mississippi State) tried to play (Jamont) at the two and that didn't work. They tried him at the three and that didn't work. Then they played him at the point and he thrived."

    Fitzgerald believes that once Scott learns more about being a point guard, he will be a great point guard on the collegiate level.

    "When Dante learns the intricacies of when to pass, when to kick (it out), then that is going to be it," said Fitzgerald. "He's been working on that since he got here January 20th. I immediately saw what he needed because I'm a point guard first. I played the point and the two. And we'll have him another year to teach him. We train all the way up to June, then they go home for the summer. We'll play in a few tournaments and scrimmage with some local AAU teams."

    When told that Scott is a two-star prospect on Scout.com, Fitzgerald thought that was good for Scott.

    "I like to keep kids at a lower star because it makes them hungry to move up, they work harder, but he's a four-star player," said Fitzgerald.

    On a team loaded with talent, Scott was one of the most valuable players on this year's team.

    "Dante doesn't come out of the game until the game is won," said Fitzgerald. "He averaged 19 (points), 6 (rebounds) and 4 (assists) for me this year. And he had some games where he scored 25 points."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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