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.