Top 2024 basketball prospect Cam Scott talks UNC, Gamecocks

Lexington sophomore guard Cam Scott went over 1,000 points in his career on Friday after scoring 27 points against Silver Bluff.

Lexington sophomore guard Cam Scott went over 1,000 points in his career on Friday after scoring 27 points against Silver Bluff.

Cam Scott is the top-ranked basketball player in South Carolina and one of the tops in the country for the Class of 2024.

The Lexington junior guard admitted Friday he was feeling a little of the pressure that goes along with the added attention. Scott and his Lexington squad took part in the SC Basketball Coaches Live Event, which started Friday and runs through Sunday.

Scott is the No. Ranked 1 player in South Carolina for the Class of 2024, according to 247Sports Composite and 26th nationally.

Scott has been receiving college interest since his freshman season. But Wednesday was the first day that college coaches were allowed to contact Class of 2024 prospects directly.

College of Charleston coach Pat Kelsey was the first one to call Scott just after midnight on Wednesday morning. His phone hasn’t slowed 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 it is the most my phone has been going off in a long time,” Scott told The State. “It has been a very busy couple of days, but it hasn’t been overly crazy.

“I’m not going to lie. The first couple of days and even into today I felt a little bit of pressure. There are high expectations to being watched and whatnot. But I started to relax and remember it is just another basketball game and another thing I love to do. So that should calm me down.”

South Carolina new head coach Lamont Paris, assistant coach Tim Buckley as well as North Carolina assistant coach Sean May and Florida state assistant coach Steve Smith were among college coaches front and center at 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 are very comfortable where they are at and are well into their situation now,” Scott said of USC staff. “They have a feel to what they want and need to accomplish. Coach Paris has been busy going out and recruiting and he has been asking who I would like to join with me as well in the recruiting process.

“Their message is just simple about staying home and feel comfortable and us being on the same.”

North Carolina and Clemson are also very involved in the pursuit of Scott and he has taken unofficial visits to both places.

“Clemson coaches tell me to keep playing, keeping having fun,” Scott said. “They like my energy and how I play so I am going to keep on doing my thing. I like Clemson’s grit … and their idea for their future. Coach (Brad) Brownell sat down with me and shared his plan for the future. That is something that really stuck out.”

As far as North Carolina, the allure of playing for one of the top programs in the country is definitely on Scott’s mind. The Tar Heels already have one top player in South Carolina on board as GG Jackson, the No. 1 player in Class of 2023, committed to play for the Tar Heels.

“UNC is somewhere where their legacy has been stamped and it just keeps on growing,” Scott said. “They believe I could be a great player and follow in all their legendary players’ footsteps.”

Scott said he plans to take some official visits in the future but not sure which schools or when. Juniors are allowed to take five official visits beginning Aug. 1.

Scott will be attending the NBA Top 100 camp at the end of the month and also playing the rest of summer on the AAU circuit 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.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The (Columbia) State and (Hilton Head) Island Packet. He previously worked at the Florence Morning News and had covered high school sports in South Carolina since 2002. Lou is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
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