Scott playing above his years for Campbell
by Adam Carrington
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January 28, 2013 12:57 AM | 1734 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dante Scott went from playing just eight varsity games as a freshman a year ago to being Campbell’s leader on varsity this season as a sophomore.

With leadership being one of Scott’s strengths, he took on that role very well for the Spartans. Since he was moved from forward to point guard prior to the Campbell Holiday Classic, the Spartans have won seven of their last 10 games, one being an upset over Region 4AAAAAA rival and third ranked North Cobb.

“I have more of a leadership role on my team and it’s easier on my part to get everyone involved,” Scott said. “It’s a natural ability of mine to lead people and lead teams. We jell well and I know where everybody will be.”

With Scott taking over the team, Campbell (14-8, 7-6) is sitting at fifth in 4AAAAAA behind North Cobb, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain and South Cobb.

Campbell has already beaten two of those teams could still move up in the standings with three regular seasons games left against Pebblebrook, North Cobb and McEachern.

Scott averages 21.3 points a game with 5.6 rebounds. He also averages 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals.

He’s a 78 percent free throw shooter but is known for making a large amount of free throws in the clutch. He’s scored double digits from the foul line in 10 games, Campbell coach James Gwyn said.

“Through 22 games, he’s had about 150 free throws,” Gwyn said. “When he can get on the line about seven to eight to nine times a game, that gives you a chance to contribute in other areas. That’s impressive when you can take the ball in and draw fouls and score from the perimeter.”

Gwyn describes Scott as a player who can consistently score points in five different ways — off the dribble, posting up, catching-and-shooting, jump shooting and converting from the free throw line.

Earlier in the season, Scott scored at will for Campbell. In late December, Scott went through a stretch where every night was a potential 30-point game. He had 34 points in a come-from-behind win over 4AAAAAA rival Marietta and a 33-point effort in a win over Pebblebrook.

He scored 27 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 on the free throw line in beating Carver Atlanta in the first round of the Campbell Holiday Classic, helping secure Gwynn’s 400th victory.

After missing two games because of an eye injury, Scott was given more responsibility, and his scoring average dropped a little.

Scott still got his points, however. He scored 20 and pulled down seven rebounds in Campbell’s upset over North Cobb. He had 17 more points in a four-point loss to Hillgrove.

And one of his bigger games as of late came in a 61-53 Campbell win over South Cobb where he had 27 points, seven assists and was 8-for-10 on the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

“He’s picked up the system real well,” Gwyn said. “He knows what he is supposed to do and knows what everyone is supposed to do. He’s not selfish. He loves to pass. If someone has a better shot, he’ll give the ball to them. He’s unselfish and that’s what’s most impressive about his young career.”

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Mary Murray
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January 29, 2013
I'm very proud of my greatgrandson and his athletic ability and accomplishments at such an early part of his career.
CHS supporter
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January 28, 2013
Nice article although some important facts were omitted. The most important being Scott left Campbell last year mid-season and went to play for another school out of state, thus the reason he only played eight games.
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