The Wichita State males’s basketball group has discovered its backup level guard for the 2022-23 season on the reigning junior school nationwide champions.
Shammah Scott, a 6-foot-2 key reserve this previous season at Northwest Florida State, formally enrolled at Wichita State for the autumn semester to conclude his recruiting go to Wednesday and publicly introduced his dedication Friday.
The signing of Scott formally concludes a busy 2022 recruiting interval for WSU head coach Isaac Brown, who has introduced in 9 new scholarship gamers and 4 new walk-ons to the roster. All that was lacking was some extent guard to spell star senior Craig Porter. The Shockers really feel like they’ve discovered an ideal candidate in Scott, who involves Wichita with three years of eligibility remaining.
“I’ve a very good really feel for individuals and I may simply inform that Isaac Brown was being actual with me and I can belief him,” Scott informed The Eagle. “I beloved how straight ahead he was with me and the way he informed the reality, even when it was a solution I did not like. I actually appreciated that as a result of as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it is a enterprise and coaches can generally inform you no matter you wish to hear, however that is not what’s actually occurring. He saved it actual with me and I feel he may also help me develop and grow to be the participant that I wish to be.”
It additionally helped that Scott was already well-versed within the Wichita State program nicely earlier than he arrived on his official go to on Tuesday.
That is as a result of he performed this previous season at Northwest Florida State, which was coached by Greg Heiar, a former WSU assistant coach and now New Mexico State head coach, and Carl Corridor, a former WSU participant. The group additionally practiced at Koch Enviornment throughout its run-up to the NJCAA nationwide match in Hutchinson, which the Raiders finally received.
“Coach Heiar was at all times telling us tales all through the season about Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker and Carl Corridor and that Last 4 run,” Scott mentioned. “So I used to be positively accustomed to this system.”
In his first yr of school basketball, Scott needed to wait his flip behind a loaded backcourt for Northwest Florida State that included a trio of guards in Deshawndre Washington (New Mexico State), Tre Clark (Duquesne) and Brennan Rigsby (Oregon). Scott averaged 6.8 factors and 1.4 assists in lower than 16 minutes per sport, whereas capturing 51.9% from the sector and 47.5% on 59 three-point makes an attempt.
After being a star participant for Shaker Heights throughout his senior yr of highschool again in his hometown of Cleveland, Scott mentioned the expertise of turning into a task participant on a profitable group was a useful one.
“I needed to sacrifice for the higher of the group as a result of we had a number of actually good sophomores and I feel that helped me work on different elements of my sport,” Scott mentioned. “I actually targeted on guarding as onerous as I may. I beloved doing all the little issues and that is the factor I can say about taking part in for Greg Heiar is that he positively pushed me to grow to be a a lot more durable employee.”
Scott was initially pondering to be a category of 2023 recruit, however he was dominated a qualifier for the category of 2022 this summer season and turned heads together with his play earlier this month on the JA48 Showcase in Las Vegas, which is an invite-only occasion for juco gamers to realize publicity.
That is the place he was noticed by WSU assistant coach Butch Pierre, who supplied him a scholarship after the primary day. The subsequent day, Scott was on the telephone with Brown and the reference to WSU continued to develop from there.
He had the choice of returning to the junior school stage if he did not like his choices, however Scott mentioned the WSU supply was too good to cross up. He mentioned he additionally obtained curiosity from North Texas, Akron, Kent State and Cleveland State , amongst others.
“I simply needed to discover a good, profitable program and discover a program that has a household vibe and Wichita State positively has that,” Scott mentioned. “I do know I can put my belief within the workers and that is at all times a very good feeling.”
Though the timing of his go to did not enable him to catch an AfterShocks sport at Koch Enviornment, Scott was nonetheless impressed by the ambiance across the program and across the neighborhood.
His go to to Doo-Dah Diner for Wednesday breakfast was a selected spotlight.
“I used to be simply very impressed how the neighborhood appears like one massive household,” Scott mentioned. “I actually favored going to Doo-Dah Diner and everybody there was having a very good time they usually had Wichita State posters all around the partitions. (Co-owner Timirie Shibley) sat down and talked with us and he or she simply appeared like one other mother away from house, truthfully. I simply beloved it on the market.”
With summer season faculty wrapping up on Friday and gamers being despatched house for a two-week break, Scott will not arrive in Wichita till the group reconvenes on August 16. Though Scott will not get pleasure from working towards together with his WSU teammates in the course of the summer season, he nonetheless could have almost three months earlier than the beginning of the season to combine himself into the fold.
The Shockers had choices at backup level guard, however they might have required a scoring guard like Xavier Bell or Jaron Pierre Jr. to slip over to be the primary ball handler. Scott, a pure level guard, was precisely the sort of participant the WSU teaching workers had in thoughts for his or her thirteenth and closing scholarship.
“I like to get my teammates concerned, that is truthfully my favourite a part of the sport,” Scott mentioned. “I really feel like I can shoot it, I like to get out in transition, I can rebound and I discovered an awesome ardour this final yr in taking part in protection. I wish to guard the opposite group’s greatest guard and choose them up full court docket and simply tire them out. However shifting the ball round and seeing my teammates win, that is what makes my day.”