Coach of NBA’s Boston Celtics gives props to Milton High point guard

Milton PG Shannon Scott (AJC file)

Milton PG Shannon Scott (AJC file)

Orlando — Milton High point guard Shannon Scott got a pep talk from Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

The NBA coach was in the stands to observe his son, Austin Rivers, the 6-foot-4 guard who is considering Duke, Florida and North Carolina. Rivers scored a game-high 37 points in the 76-67 win over the Georgia Blazers in Monday’s semifinals of the Super Showcase basketball tournament.

Scott, who has committed to Ohio State, finished with 9 points and 6 assists in the loss. After the game, Rivers congratulated Scott for the effort, along with offering some advice.

“Doc told Shannon he should never give up the ball in the fourth quarter,” Milton coach David Boyd said. “He also told Shannon he was a special player … and there was a comparison with [Celtics point guard] Rajon Rondo.”

Scott is the son of Charlie Scott, who was the first black basketball player at North Carolina and later played eight seasons in the NBA. Last season as a junior, Scott led Milton to the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification.

“It is sort of a consensus hearing from different people … that Shannon Scott has established himself as one of the premier point guards in the country over the summer,” Boyd said. “He has dramatically improved his game every year since he was a freshman, and I have to give a lot of credit to him. He really works hard and is one of our players that really gets after it in the weight room.”

Also, Greenville High’s Kentavious Caldwell struggled mightily with his shooting for the Blazers on Monday. He finished with 14 points, including 3 for 12 on 3-pointers. Caldwell is considered one of the nation’s top 15 players and surprisingly committed to Georgia last week. He was expected to wait closer to the November signing period to reveal his college choice.

Scott and a few other teammates from the Southern Kings U17 joined the Blazers for the Showcase.

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9 comments Add your comment

TXDawg

July 27th, 2010
6:37 pm

Awesome advice…..take it!

TXDawg

July 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

BTW – FIRST!! (….and second)

Worm

July 27th, 2010
7:30 pm

Man, charlie Scott could play!..First of the great leapers,defenders,athletes to play guard..The Magic johnson of his day!

Nick P.

July 27th, 2010
9:35 pm

Milton Eagles will definitely have a tough road ahead of them to repeat a second time, since everyone will be playing them to prove they are just as good, but I believe Boyd has a solid five that will be hard to beat since they will be gellin like magelan! Good luck Eagles! it will be a very entertaining year! repeat before you break it up for college!

SickandTired

July 28th, 2010
6:57 am

I thought Boyd had been run out of the profession.

Slinger

July 28th, 2010
9:13 am

Hey Nick P. – Magellan could play back in the day. Man had some hops.

jroll1

July 28th, 2010
10:39 am

I HAVE NO DOUBTS THAT MILTON WILL REPEAT AS STATE CHAMPS. @ SICKand TIRED….BOYD IS LIKE LAZARUS…ALWAYS RISING BACK UP!

Miltonite

July 28th, 2010
11:59 am

Shannon has been a great addition to the Milton Basketball team and an even better addition to the Milton student body. He’s a great kid with a great future.

Milton dad

July 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

ninth. Go Milton. To the top. of the state and the country.