While the timing of his commitment to Ohio State caught many people a bit off guard, Shannon Scott is glad that he made an early decision. A 6-foot-2 junior point guard at Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton and one of the premier prospects nationally at his position, Scott wouldn't change a thing about his early pledge.
"I don't have to impress any people now," said Scott of pulling the trigger early. "I can just go out and play my game. I think it's helped my confidence a lot to not worry about who I have to impress and who is out there."
Back when he originally made his choice, Scott cited his relationship with Thad Matta as a driving force. Just as it was then, Scott's faith in Matta remains the reason he's never had any second thoughts.
"It was coach Matta then and it is now," said Scott. "I really enjoy hanging out with him. He's a real good coach and it's a great situation for me up there."
Long considered one of the top, if not the best, on the ball defenders in the class of 2011, Scott also made his reputation as a playmaker. Lately, he's been adding scorer to his list of strengths as he works to improve his game on a daily basis.
"I keep working on my game every day," Scott told Buckey Sports Report. "I'm trying to become a more consistent shooter and I'm still trying to keep everybody involved and be a playmaker out there."
Speaking of his shooting, what was once considered a hole in his game is becoming something that defenses can no longer gamble with by playing off of him.
"I really started working on my shot in the summer," said Scott. "I've been working on it hard and I feel like it's coming along. My dad works with me a lot."
Also beneficial to Scott is the high school team he plays with. Unlike most kids who are the unquestioned Alpha Dog on their high school team, Scott plays with at least four other division one prospects and he feels like it's really helped.
"I think that it helps me a lot," said Scott of his current team preparing him for college. "The four guys with me are all able to make plays and it makes it a lot easier for me."
As he looks toward the homestretch of his junior season, Scott has his eyes on competing for a state championship. Of course, he's trying to watch his future teammates when he can and is excited to make his way to Columbus.
"I try to watch them every time they play," said Scott. "When I get there I don't know that there will be that many point guards so it will be good for me. I like the way they spread the court and let their guards make things happen."