Scott Excelling As Starting Point Guard

Finally the starting point guard in his senior season, Shannon Scott is off to a blistering pace this season.

Entering the season, Ohio State point guard Shannon Scott hadn’t recorded double-digit assists in a game since March 22, 2013, a span of 38 games without hitting that mark. Two games into this season, he’s done it twice.

After recording 11 assists in the season opener he had 14 dimes last night against Marquette, only the third Ohio State player to record that many in program history and one shy of Craft’s school record of 15.

“I loved Shannon’s demeanor in terms of his push, we want him to be aggressive,” coach Thad Matta said. “I think he made great reads in transition and found guys.”

Both of Scott’s outings this season have been career-high efforts in assist totals. In his first year as the starting point guard he is averaging eight points and 12.5 assists a contest. He entered his senior year with a career average of 3.0 assists per game.

Twice during his sophomore season Scott had 10 assists, but starting alongside Aaron Craft last year the Georgian’s season-high was seven assists. Finally given the keys to the Buckeyes offense this season, Matta isn’t surprised he’s driving so well.

Twice during his sophomore season Scott had 10 assists, but starting alongside Aaron Craft last year the Georgian’s season-high was seven assists.

“I’ve always wanted Shannon to be very aggressive in terms of his ability to push the basketball up the floor,” Matta said. “I think he understands what I want him to do and how I want him to do it.”

Many of the 14 assists against the Golden Eagles came in transition, where Scott was able to utilize his quickness and ability to change speeds and find open Buckeyes running up the floor.

It appeared that scenario would lead to a record-tying assist for Scott. The point guard stole the ball with 3:14 left in the game, creating a two-on-one break with Anthony Lee. Scott drew the attention of the defender and fed Lee underneath for what appeared to be an easy dunk and Scott’s 15th assist.

That dunk rimmed out, though, and Scott didn’t have another chance to record an assist. When the point guard was informed that the Lee miss meant he missed out on the record books, his teammates at the post-game press conference seemed more upset than he was. Kam Williams and Amir Williams let out an audible “oohhhh” in unison. Scott, however, was more accepting of it.

“We’ll just try to get it another game or something,” he said.

Considering his blistering start this season, another career-high assist total would hardly be surprising.


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