Texas basketball adds lengthy, smooth 4-Star SG Cam Scott

Rodney Terry, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports /

Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry landed their first commitment in the 2024 recruiting class on Aug. 11, the highly touted four-star Lexington (SC) shooting guard Cam Scott. The talented South Carolina native shooting guard committed to Texas via an announcement on an On3 live stream on the afternoon of Aug. 11.

Texas landed Scott’s commitment over the Auburn Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Ole Miss Rebels, Oregon Ducks, and South Carolina Gamecocks. Scott told On3 that Texas “always felt like home” to him and that the potential to make a deep postseason run with the Longhorns appealed to him.

Terry has a longstanding relationship with Scott that goes back multiple years. He was Scott’s leading recruiter since Texas offered the elite shooting guard out of Lexington, SC.

Texas hosted Scott on an official visit to Austin last fall (specifically on Nov. 25). He also officially visited Auburn, Oregon, and South Carolina in the last year.

Texas basketball gets its first commit in the 2024 class with 4-Star SG Cam Scott

This is a big win for Terry and this staff on the recruiting trail in the 2024 class. Scott is Terry’s highest-rated commitment he’s landed since taking over as the Texas head coach during the spring.

Texas is laying the foundation for a big-time recruiting class for the 2024 cycle with Scott; a top-25 ranked prospect in the 247Sports Composite. He’s also the 15th-highest-rated recruit in program history for the Longhorns in the 247Sports Composite.

Scott gives Texas a lethal shot maker and high-level playmaker

The 6-foot-5 and 180-pound shooting guard is a lengthy and explosive two-guard/wing with a well-rounded offensive skill set. He’s a gifted athlete with a quick first step off the dribble and great vertical ability.

Scott can essentially do it all on the offensive end. He’s a good shooter, passer, and ball-handler.

Scott’s length and quick first step allow him to blow past opposing defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim with his vertical ability and smooth scoring touch. He can also utilize his smooth jump shot, length, and vertical ability to pull up over opposing defenders from the mid-range and beyond the arc.

The shot-making ability that Scott brings to the table translates at all levels of the offensive half-court. He’s lethal shooting the ball from deep. And he has no problem making contested deep twos and threes.

Scott is a high-level finisher in the paint and at the rim. He’s an explosive dunker that also possesses a strong floater game.

He can play on or off-ball on the offensive end. He’s got good court vision, allowing him to command an offense as a playmaker and secondary facilitator effectively.

A good combination of polished footwork and smooth ball-handling allows Scott to create his own shot or find open teammates around the perimeter, in the pick-and-roll, on drive-and-kick plays, etc.

Scott is a versatile and lengthy defender

The length that Scott brings to the table makes him a disruptive and switchable defender on the perimeter or the wing. Scott can essentially defend any position between the one and the three.

He utilizes his lengthy wingspan and vertical ability to disrupt shots and get in passing lanes to generate turnovers (he averaged 2.5 steals per game as a junior at Lexington High School). The turnovers that Scott generates can also lead to big opportunities in transition.

Scott is also a pesky and disciplined on-ball defender that is hard to shake one-on-one thanks to his lateral agility. Scott will continue to be a more effective on-ball defender at the collegiate level as he fills out his frame and gets stronger.

Areas of improvement

At 180 pounds, Scott can still add some muscle mass to his frame. That will allow him to finish through contact close to the basket on offense more effectively. Adding more muscle mass will make Scott a more formidable one-on-one defender inside the arc.

Scott can also be lacking aggressiveness on the offensive end of the floor at times. Since he’s a gifted shot-maker and a quality distributor, Scott needs to be more confident with his decision-making when the ball is in his hands.

Projection and fit at Texas

If Scott fills out his frame in the next 12 months, he’ll be ready to make an immediate impact on both ends for Terry and the Longhorns as a true freshman. His length, maturity, and versatility allow Scott to play at the two or the three.

Scott is the polished offensive playmaker and distributor that can expand Terry’s playbook on that end of the floor. He can run the pick-and-roll, dribble hand-off, and pick-and-pop offenses as a secondary ball-handler at the two or on the wing.

He will also threaten opposing defenses with his off-ball scoring. Scott is an efficient catch-and-shoot threat from mid-range and deep. He is a smart cutter working off-ball that can get backdoor and finish at the rim.

Scott adds to the stockpile of young and potent guards and wings for Terry and the Longhorns, including freshman small forward Devon Pryor, freshman combo guard Chris Johnson, and sophomore guard Chendall Weaver.

Texas will be deep in the guard/wing rotation next season. But Scott is too gifted of an athlete and playmaker not to be a critical part of the starting rotation or as a sixth or seventh man next season.

Scott’s commitment gets Terry and the Longhorns off to a solid start to the 2024 class. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, Texas’ 2024 ranks No. 21 in the nation and fifth in the SEC.

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