"I've just committed to Mississippi State," said Scotty Monday night. "I feel it's the best fit for me. I'll be able to showcase my talents there. I like the coaches and get along well with their players."
Although just a junior, Scotty explained his reasons for the early commitment.
"I've (unofficially) visited Mississippi State three times and knew my feelings about them. I decided to go ahead and commit now because it will take a lot of pressure off of me," said the highly recruited youngster, who chose MSU over offers from the likes of Kentucky, Ohio State, Louisville, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Indiana, Miami and numerous other big-time programs.
And he knew early on their feelings about him.
"(Mississippi State's coaches) saw him for the first time as a freshman. Ten minutes after seeing him, they wanted him," said his AAU coach, Mike Artis of the Mid-State Ballerz. "They saw what I saw, he was 6-4, extremely long and very athletic."
And once the MSU coaching staff saw him, they made it known to Scotty, in their actions, that they wanted him.
"They recruited me the hardest. They stayed after me from the time they first saw me," said Scotty.
Coach Artis explained why Scotty is so highly recruited.
"He is blessed with a gift," said Coach Artis, who also coached current Bulldog players Richard Delk, Reginald Delk, Jarvis Varnado and Barry Stewart. "He has excellent vision and can handle the ball very well. He has great ability to create his own shot. It's hard to defend his mid-range and three-point shots because of his quick first step and his ability to elevate. He is 6-6, but has the wingspan of a 6-10.5 player. As he develops and his body matures, his skills with get even better."
Scotty is expected to play the two-guard at Mississippi State.
"He can play the 1, 2 or 3, but Mississippi State recruited him as a 2," said Coach Artis.
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