Thirty eight boys and girls registered for the sixth annual All-Stars tryouts held Jan. 24-25 and founder Marcus Scott anticipates 100 players from grades 4-11 to be enrolled in the program this season.
“I am happy to see how much the program has grown over the past six years,” Scott said. “I am happier about the positive effect the program has had on our youth in Liberty County and surrounding areas. We had kids come from Long, Chatham, McIntosh, Glynn, Jeff Davis and Liberty to participate in our two-day workout.”
Scott thinks more and more kids are coming to his program because their parents understand how unique it is.
“There are other basketball programs in these counties, but we are the only group that require an 80 (grade-point average), make kids perform monthly community service and attend college tours,” he said.
He said the coaching staff takes pride in seeing the fruits of their labor as many of his All*Stars now are playing at the varsity level in high school.
“Marcus Scott (Jenkins High School), Jaylen Jackson and Daquan Humphries (Brunswick High) all are playing varsity minutes on top-ranked teams in the state,” Scott said. “Will Richardson (Bradwell Institute) and Malik Allen (Appling Christian Academy) are starters for their varsity teams as freshman.”
Scott added they are proud of several former All*Stars who are now making an impact for the next generation of players.
“Every time we have a camp, Jalen Watson and Larry Murray come back to volunteer,” he said. “This year, we will have two former players coaching team. Cameron Livingston will coach a girls’ team and Mike Farrior will coach a high-school boys’ team. This shows me that they understood the purpose of the program, which is to become successful and give back.”
The All*Stars will conduct voluntary workouts for the rest of this month at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Liberty County YMCA. Their final tryout will take place Feb. 21-22. For more information call Marcus Scott at 912-655-4371 or go to www.scottsallstars.com.