Cam Scott is South Carolina’s highest-ranked basketball player and one of the nation’s best for the Class of 2024.
The Lexington junior guard admitted Friday that he feels a bit of the pressure that comes with the extra attention. Scott and his Lexington team took part in the SC basketball coaches live event, which kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday.
Scott is South Carolina’s No. 1 ranked player for the Class of 2024, according to 247Sports Composite and 26th nationally.
Scott has been attracting college interest since his freshman season. But Wednesday was the first day college coaches were allowed to contact prospects for the Class of 2024 directly.
Charleston College coach Pat Kelsey was the first to call Scott just after midnight Wednesday morning. His phone didn’t slow down too much in the days leading up to Friday’s event.
Scott picked up new offers this week from several schools, including Alabama and Miami.
“I’m going to say this is the most my phone has been off in a long time,” Scott told The State. “It’s been a very busy few days, but it wasn’t too crazy.
“I’m not going to lie. The first days and even today, I felt a little pressure. There are high expectations to be watched and so on. But I started to relax and remember that it was just another basketball game and another thing I love to do. So that should calm me down.
New South Carolina head coach Lamont Paris, assistant coach Tim Buckley along with North Carolina assistant coach Sean May and Florida State assistant coach Steve Smith were among the varsity coaches at the foreground during Lexington’s first game of the day against Lancaster.
The Gamecocks re-offered Scott this week and got to see him play at last week’s team camp at USC. He said he hopes to take another unofficial to USC and possibly Tennessee this week.
“They’re very comfortable where they are and are fine with where they are now,” Scott said of the USC staff. “They have an idea of what they want and need to accomplish. Coach Paris has been busy going out and recruiting and he asked me who I would also like to join in the recruiting process.
“Their message is just to stay home and feel comfortable and that we’re on the same.”
North Carolina and Clemson are also heavily involved in the pursuit of Scott, and he has made unofficial visits to both locations.
“Clemson coaches tell me to keep playing, to keep having fun,” Scott said. “They like my energy and the way I play, so I’m going to keep doing my thing. I love Clemson’s courage… and their idea for their future. Coach (Brad) Brownell sat down with me and shared his plan for the future. It’s something that really stands out. »
When it comes to North Carolina, the lure of playing for one of the top programs in the country is definitely on Scott’s mind. The Tar Heels already have a top player in South Carolina on board as GG Jackson, the No. 1 player for the Class of 2023, has signed on to play for the Tar Heels.
“UNC is somewhere where their legacy has been marked and it just keeps growing,” Scott said. “They believe I could be a great player and follow in the footsteps of all their legendary players.”
Scott said he plans to make official visits in the future, but doesn’t know which schools or when. Juniors are allowed to make five official visits from August 1.
Scott will attend the NBA Top 100 Camp at the end of the month and will also play the rest of the summer on the AAU Tour with Team United.
Scott earned a spot on the Class 5A All-State Team. He averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Wildcats.