County Commissioner Justin Frasier helped honor the academic and athletic achievements of several young men at the fourth annual Scott’s All-Stars recognition banquet July 20 at Club Stewart.
Frasier was emcee. The athletes were applauded for their accomplishments. The community also heard about the group’s mission and principles.
Scott’s All-Stars strives to teach basketball and life skills to boys who have potential, academically and athletically, to play basketball at college.
According to founder Marcus Scott IV, speaker Elder Anthony Johnson offered insight and inspired the kids to dream big.
“If you believe in yourselves, you can achieve anything,” Johnson said.
The All-Stars were founded in 2010 with 12 fourth graders, Scott said, adding this year they had fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams. All participants have to maintain 80 grade point averages to be eligible to play.
“Ten kids maintained a 90 or above,” Scott said.
He said the gpa for all three teams increased one point from 87, the average held for the past three years.
“I don’t believe you can find a group of kids that play AAU basketball in the country with over one third of the kids in the program being A-students,” Scott said.
He said the seventh grade team finished the season 24-19, one win short of last year’s record.
“I am very proud of the kids in our program. They worked hard on and off the court and I truly feel the things these kids are doing in the classroom and on the court are life changing,” Scott said.
Scott said he is happy SAS kids will be college-ready once they leave the program.
“I expect to see some of our kids in the NBA in a few years and I expect to see some doctors and lawyers. All of our players have committed to attending a four-year college and I believe all will attend and graduate from a four-year college,” he said.
90 or above gpa academic award winners:
Ronshen Butler-Lawson (92)
Derek Edwards (97)
Christian Bass (100)
Jaylen Jackson (95)
Latravious Mitchell (90)
Zachary Moser (92)
Marcus Scott V (91)
Terry Smith (94)
Mitchell Johnson (97)
William Richardson (92)