The 2022-23 season is the prime focus right now for University of South Carolina men's basketball head coach Lamont Paris. It is not too early to start looking toward the future and compiling five-star talent, and a prime target of the Gamecocks resides at Lexington High School.
Shooting guard Cam Scott has attracted the attention of college scouts since the eighth grade. The 6'5 ft 165lb junior has earned All-State honors the past three seasons and is ranked as the number one in-state prospect for the Class of 2024 by 24/7Sports.com.
"Cam Scott is such a gifted athlete/player but is also one of the most unselfish players in the country," said Rick Lewis of Phenomhoops.com. "Always plays within himself, allowing the game to come to him. Type of player others enjoy playing with."
Coaches from both Tennessee and Duke have made in-school visits to Lexington over the past two weeks. Scott has also received offers from as many as 10 schools, including North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Texas Tech, Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU, Wichita State, and the University of South Carolina.
Recently, Scott paid a visit to Columbia for a weekend campus visit. The timing of his first official visit with the school proved advantageous for the Gamecocks in terms of putting their best foot forward.
From the friendly 'home-setting' around campus to the eclectic atmosphere he experienced attending the nationally televised game against the University of Kentucky, Scott seemed all but ready to choose the Gamecocks.
"South Carolina, for sure," Scott said when asked about his college choice. "Yeah, there's always a potential, but I mean, nothing beats me being at home. So, the closer I can stay, the more comfortable. I know what my surroundings will be, where my family would be. But I also have to take into consideration basketball development as well," he said.
When Scott arrived on campus, he heard fans in the community approaching him, saying, "how big he would be for USC basketball." Scott added he and Paris built a closer rapport with each other. He also spoke with current players following their practice and said they had a natural connection.
The highlight of Scott's visit was attending the football game in which the Gamecocks pulled the upset over the previously ranked Wildcats.
"I mean, it really doesn't get much better than that," he said. "A big game at home at Williams-Brice Stadium, especially an SEC game, is huge and, even the way they started out the game, the fans brought the energy, and it seemed contagious throughout the whole game."
Scott has no further visits planned for the rest of the year after taking a previously unofficial tour of Tennessee's campus. His focus is now on the upcoming season, where the Wildcats look to build on last year's Class 5A Lower State semifinal appearance.
"It's getting closer and closer each day, and I just get more and more excited," he said. "Just coming in having basketball class with guys, knowing that the season is about to start up, is pretty fun."
He hopes to reach a final decision sometime in January.