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Tyler Scott Named as All-Canada Classic Selection; Continues to Evaluate his Options

Posted on 03. Jun, 2011 by Mathieu MacDonald in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

 

When you think of great guards hailing from Nova Scotia you think of names like Christian “T-Bear” Upshaw, Buddy Husbands, Fred Perry, Tyler Richards and Jordan Croucher. Those were household names for years no matter where throughout the province you went. It didnʼt matter what gym you stepped in or who you talked to, everyone knew the talent that these players possessed.

 

Thereʼs a new buzz these days in Nova Scotia hoops and Halifax guard Tyler Scott is a big reason for it. The 6ʼ2 shooting-guard who's ranked 10th nation wide in the class of 2011 has slowly left his mark on the East Coast hoops community and has no plans of stopping any time soon. 

 

Tyler finished off his storied  high school career at Halifax West.  After averaging 20-plus points per game as a freshman, you knew he was going to be special.  Two all-star nods, two seasons leading the league in scoring (nearly 30 ppg's per game) and one MVP later, Scott headed out to Ontarioʼs Next Level Prep for a year to further improve his game and make an even bigger name for himself, this time on the national stage.

 

Deemed to be one of the most dangerous scorers in his class, Scott suggests thatʼs not his only weapon.

 

“Versatility and heart. One label that ʻScotiansʼ get is that weʼre just scorers, but I think weʼre the most versatile ballers in Canada. Even though Iʼm only a guard I have the ability to play multiple positions from the one to the three. I have the ability to handle the ball, defend, and rebound at a high level.”

 

That might prove to be a big key for Scott as coaches continue to recruit him. His ability to match-up well with bigger guards and his determination are big pieces that are
going to help his career at the collegiate level.

 

“Being a gym rat and working on situations which are your weaknesses is how I define hard work.”

 

Clearly thatʼs been paying off as the Nova Scotia native has just received a nod to his second straight appearance at the All-Canada Classic.  The game will be held in Toronto on June 21st and played at the Air Canada Center. 

 

Citadel Phoenix head coach Mark Parker, a man whoʼs seen Scott evolve in the Halifax system praised the game of the guard, labeling him as one of the toughest to match up against.

 

“Tyler Scott brings two types of games against you,” Parker explained. “One with the ball and one without the ball. With the ball, he can beat you off the dribble and take
you hard to the net. He does not waste time and over dribble.  He maximizes his dribble, no more than two dribbles to get his move off. Without the ball, he can take you
down low and post you up. Heʼs real strong with the ball and he moves well without the ball.”

 

Tyler has not committed anywhere yet for the fall, but has schools such as St.FX, Acadia, Cape Breton, Ryerson, and Kankakee Junior College in Illinois vying for his services.   If he does end up in the CIS look for him to make an immediate impact.  Only Carleton commit Justin Shaver is ranked higher nationally and set to play in the CIS next season.  Regardless of what this supreme talent from the East Coast decides, he will be sure to make shots, stretch the defense, and be a guy coaches have to game plan for.  

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