Former Lakeside basketball star Matt Scott needed only a couple of college games to crack the starting lineup at Augusta State. Now, Scott has emerged as one of the premier long-range shooters in the Peach Belt Conference.
Through 17 games, Scott has made 56 of 138 3-point attempts for the Jags. His 40.6 3-point percentage is fifth in the conference and tops among all freshman in the league. He is second in the Peach Belt in 3-pointers made per game with a 3.29 average (also leads all freshman).
Scott is a whopping 25 3-pointers ahead of the No. 2 freshman in that category. He also has been deadly from the free-throw line. He has made 29 of 34 attempts from the charity stripe (85.3 percent). For the season, the 6-foot-3-inch guard is averaging 12.5 points per contest, which ranks him second on Augusta State University's roster.
Drayton will make it official today
By the time you read this, Chris Drayton will already have faxed the appropriate paperwork to the University of Kentucky to make it official: Drayton is a Wildcat.
Drayton was a four-year varsity football letter winner for the Lakeside Panthers and a three-year starter at safety. At 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds, he already has the size to play the position on the college level.
All he needs to do is arrive in Lexington ready to work hard and absorb all he can from the Wildcat veterans and coaches. If he does this, he will be just fine. Do not be surprised to see Drayton starting in the Kentucky secondary by the time his sophomore season rolls around.
College scouts are quite aware of Swiec's game
I was talking to a Division I assistant women's basketball coach this weekend. Because I had the opportunity, I began to tell the coach about the exploits of a junior point guard many of you know named Michelle Swiec. Well, before I could get the term "gym rat" out of my mouth, he said, "I know all about the Swiec girl, and yes, she can play."
Apparently, he happened to catch her act in the state tournament last season. He was at the game scouting an opposing player, but like many who have seen her play, Swiec's savvy impressed him. He was even more impressed when he found out she was only a sophomore.
He assured me of two things. First, he definitely will make plans to see her at this year's tourney. Secondly, he was pretty sure he was not the only coach that will be keeping a close eye on the talented young guard.
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