The Scott’s All*Stars eighth-grade boys’ basketball team spent 10 days in Orlando, competing against teams from across the United States.
The team finished 5-4 in the tourney, which was held July 10-20.
“We played some tough teams and got some great competition … which was great experience,” team founder and coach Marcus Scott said. “Even though we didn’t do as well as expected, the competition and experience was priceless.”
The All-Stars wrapped up summer play with a 47-9 overall record, to include eight championship-game appearances with six wins and an Elite Eight finish at nationals.
“I would consider that a successful season,” Scott said. “The kids also got the opportunity to tour University of Central Florida. Being able to visit a Division I school let them see how big the campuses are and to find out the requirements for attending a school this size. The tour guide, my former mentee and UCF student, expressed the importance of grades to get into a college of this magnitude. He explained that he finished in the top 10 of his class and had a decent SAT score.”
As soon as the team returned from the tournament, it held its fifth annual banquet July 21 at Club Stewart. honor all our kids’ accomplishments throughout the year,” Scott said, adding they had fourth- through ninth-grade teams this season.
“All of our teams showed vast improvement throughout the year,” he said. “The program was able to maintain above an 80 (grade-point average) for five years in a row, which I feel is our biggest accomplishment. Maintaining an 80 average with 40 kids is a huge feat. Our program seems to grow in numbers every year. We also performed monthly community service, traveled around the United States and visited several colleges.”
Scott said guest speaker Brian Reese and WSAV’s Ken Slats did excellent jobs as the emcees.
“I would just like to thank everyone that contributed to our program in any fashion,” Scott said. “We hope to do bigger and better things for our kids next season.”
The All*Stars organization is seeking coaches and mentors; the season starts back up in January.
The program is looking to expand and has teams representing fourth- through 11th-grade. For more information, call Marcus Scott IV at 912-655-4371.
Orlando tournament results
July 11 — DC Premier, 88-44 (Loss)
July 12 — Team Thad, 84-60 (Loss)
July 13 — F.A.B.E., 59-51 (Win)
July 15 — Houston Defender, 70-62 (Loss)
July 16 — L.A. Stateline Raider, 63-59 (Win)
July 16 — AMC Raptures, 62-33 (Win)
July 17 — Space Coast Thunder, 74-63 (Win)
July 18 — Team Elite, 68-39 (Win)
July 20 — Central Carolina Force, 75-70 (Loss)