Melvin Scott to Commit to Carolina
9/14, 12:15 a.m. Update - In an iC interview, Scott noted that he is taking his official visit next weekend (Sept. 22), rather than the following weekend as previously stated.
"As long as everything goes well I will commit to North Carolina," Scott said. "As long as things go well, I will be committing next weekend." (link)
Considering how much Chapel Hill influenced Jawad Williams, look for Scott to receive a warm welcome (students: hint, hint).
9/13, 8:00 a.m. Update - The All Star Report also spoke to Scott after Doherty made the in-home visit."My other visits (with Maryland and Syracuse) were good, but the North Carolina visit was great," Scott told ASR. "They pulled out all kinds of charts and pictures, and I didn't know that their graduation rate is like 95%. Even the guys that leave early come back. What those guys were talking about just made a lot of sense, you know?"
ASR writes that Scott was told he'd get "at worst 12-15 minutes backing up Adam Boone at the point guard spot."
"Theoretically, this one's a done deal," said ASR.
"I'm going to sleep with my eyes open tonight and a big smile on my face," Melvin said. "My dreams have come true." (link)
9/12, 10:45 p.m. Update - Dave Telep spoke to Melvin Scott after his in-home visit with Coach Doherty tonight. Scott confirmed that a commitment to North Carolina is a distinct possibility. He told Telep that there is an official visit to Chapel Hill planned for the weekend of Sept. 30.
"It looks good for me there [North Carolina]," Scott told Rivals100Hoops.com. "No, [I'm] not [committed] yet. But I think I am on the verge ... I told the coaches that I am just going to hold it [his decision], grasp it, sleep on it and give it some thought."
Telep adds that UNC is recruiting Scott as a point guard, though with the understanding that he can move to the off-guard spot. (Telep Link)
09.12.00 - Melvin Scott, a 6-1, 167-pound combo guard from Baltimore (MD) Southern is reportedly being visited at home by Coach Doherty tonight and a commitment could be forthcoming.
"It now appears that the Tar Heels will add Scott to a class that alreay has commitments from Top 25 talents Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams," writes the All Star Report.
Bob Gibbons says: "[The UNC coaches] view Scott as a Shammond Williams type scoring combo-guard. He would compete for time at the point with Adam Boone. Brian Morrison is really more of a 2 guard at this point. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see them get a commitment from him today or tomorrow." (link)
UNC's Director of Basketball Operations, David Cason, is a graduate of Southern HS, where Scott currently attends.
Scott has listed the Tar Heels for months and has told AEHoops in the past that UNC is his dream school. (link)
"Melvin Scott is first and foremost a shooter," HighMajorHoops.com's Clint Jackson told us. "He has good ball handling ability that he uses to create enough room to launch his jumper. Standing at only 6'0 or 6'1, Melvin is probably more of a shooting guard than a point guard. His quickness is good, his defense is improving and when he is hot, there are virtually no better shooters in the class of 2001."
FOXSports.com's Frank Burlison echoes similar sentiments: "There may not be a better jump shooter in the national Class of 2001."
Prep Stars ranks Scott at No. 26 in the class of 2001, while Dave Telep has him at No. 36.
At the USA Hoops Festival in June, Scott hit a record 27 three-point attempts -- shooting 49 percent from beyond the arc.
"What's amazing about Melvin is how fast he's able to get his shot off," Telep wrote after witnessing Scott's shooting performance. "He's accurate from deep or off the dribble. Other guards have bigger reputations, but Melvin will put an end to that after July. He did a great job of making clutch shots and reading screens. Scott also brandishes a nice crossover that he likes to use to get himself room to release his jumper. He has a chance to be a big-time player and a real mover and shaker in this class."
Scott averaged 25 points, 7 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 4 steals his junior season at Southern HS.
In the classroom, he has 3.0, and after a near miss on the SAT, he'll be taking it again in October.