Monday, January 9, 2017

Scott To Offer Instant Scoring At TCA

TCA now features an instant impact transfer in Quentin Scott. A Class of 2017 guard/forward, Scott registered his presence immediately with a 37-point outburst in TCA Black's 30-point drubbing of listless Three Kings Academy during the Montverde Tournament.

The Louisiana native features a diversified portfolio of offensive gifts, underscored by dazzling displays of athletic leaping ability and extravagant finishes.

The elevation on Scott's shot and his ability to get into the teeth of the defense is also much-needed, especially for a feast-or-famine team that's been derailed by prolonged scoring droughts this year.

A product of Ellender High School in Louisiana, Scott averaged 22 points, 12 boards, four assists, and two blocks en route to District 7-4A MVP honors.

A high-academic student and easily coachable (he happens to be the son of a high school coach) young man, Scott went the prep route in order to gain more exposure as he continues to incorporate new facets of his game.

"At the next level I see myself playing more at the two and three," said.

"I've been working everyday with dribbles to my left, jab steps, more ball-handling, decision making, and getting new moves to work with. Coach Brad Traina, he helps me get stronger and helps me improve all-around and enhance my game."

UT-Martin, Nicholls State, and Charleston Southern have all heaped scholarship offers on the table.

 Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, South Florida, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Richmond and a variety of others continue to express interest in Scott.

On Monday, during TCA's 89-83 victory over Combine Academy's post-graduate team, it wasn't difficult to see the threat Scott poses for defenders.

 Scott scored the rock inside, finished above the rim, and buried elbow jumpers en route to a game-best 23 points.

Utilizing length and athleticism in the post helped amplify the team's rim protection.

This was most notable during the game's final possession, when Scott swatted a last-second shot attempt in loud, emphatic fashion.

"I just want to show people that I have the athleticism to do things like that and make that kind of play," Scott said.

"I have the ability to stop my man from scoring and am at the stage where I'm ready to make plays on both sides of the floor always."

One of the primary reasons he opted to transfer to TCA was because of his relationship with coach Brad Traina.

Traina, a former sharpshooter at UCF and a professional across Europe, is also the program's director of Player Development.

Following a prosperous over the waters career which included tryouts with the then Reggie Miller-led Indiana Pacers, Traina's niche now entails molding college-bound players for the demands of the Division-I level and tweaking their games to fit the expectations of the ensuing level of play.

The goal is to continue to help Scott earn high-level college looks, while enabling him to transition from the forward to the off guard or swingman spot.

When assessing Scott's development, Traina pinpointed a few adjustments which could separate him from a low to mid-major recruit to eventually a high-major recruit sifting through a barrage of offers when March creeps in.

"Quentin is an explosive athlete with an already solid base of guard skills," Traina explained.

"He has a great attitude, and with continued work on some minor ball handling and decision making, his offers will increase exponentially. Given his ethic, those things will definitely come into fruition."