Scott’s All*Stars program recently recorded the program’s 100th win.
The victory was a seventh-grade team win over the South Georgia Kings, 35-29, June 13 at Johnson High School in Savannah. The seventh-graders remained undefeated in the South Georgia Basketball League.
“This is a great milestone for our program,” All*Stars founder and coach Marcus Scott IV said.
Scott said the program started in January 2010 to give younger kids an opportunity to play sports on a level other than the recreation department.
“When we first started there were not any programs that offered sports for kids in elementary school or younger,” he said. “We felt that kids in South Georgia needed the same opportunity as kids in North Georgia with an early start.”
In its first year, the program had one team of 12 players. Since then, Scott said, the program has had as many as four teams in one year with more than 50 players. Currently, the program has three teams with 32 players.
Excellence on the court has been only one part of the program, Scott said. All*Stars players must meet academic requirements, or they will be required to receive academic assistance.
“Being a former middle school and high school coach, I didn’t want the program to just be about basketball,” he said. “I wanted to instill in these young men the traits that I felt kept many good males from playing sports on the college level. Our mission at Scott’s All*Stars is to teach basketball and life skills to a group of males that have the potential academically and athletically to play basketball on the college level. Usually, it’s not talent that separates players in college, it academics.”
Community service and drug prevention also receive focus, he added.
South Georgia Kings 29
June 13 in Savannah
SAS scorers: Marcus Scott 16, Christian Bass 8, Jaylen Jackson 6, Keshawn Robinson 3, Daqaun Humphreys 2