“I just want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to sign with Gadsden State,” Scott said. “I just want to thank the coaches for helping me pick my game up. I want to thank my brothers for keeping my head into the game ever since I was young. They encouraged me to keep playing ball because they knew I had the ability to do something.”
Gadsden State head coach Larry Ginn played a major role in Scott’s decision to join the Cardinals basketball program.
“I went up there to practice with the team,” Scott said. “I like the coach and the things that he was telling me. He gave me a good offer. I wanted to help my parents on expenses and I feel like it would be a good opportunity for me to start off at a community college then move on to the next level.”
This past season, Scott played a huge role in the Tigers winning 31 games.
The 6-foot-5 forward knows that if he wants to help Gadsden State have success right away he is going to have to earn playing time and that process begins now.
“I am going to be the best that I can,” Scott said. “I am going to try to get the most playing time that I can. I know since I am coming in as a freshman I know I won’t get as much playing time as the others, but I am going to work hard this summer to try to get playing time.”
Ginn said he likes how well Scott can move for his size. As a senior he averaged 12 points and nine rebounds for the Talladega. The Tigers big man shot 57 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. He was also one of the team leaders in assists as most of his outlet passes off rebounds turned into dunks on the other end of the court.
“I think he is going to be a really good fit for our program,” Ginn said. “He is a big body guy that is so agile for the size that he is. I noticed that a couple times when I watched him and I was happy that he was available. When Coach Miller brought him up the other day and he played with some of our guys I thought it would be a good fit. I think he is going to be a very good player in our system. We like to get up and down. They (Talladega) pressed and we press, so I think my system and Coach Miller’s system is similar. Stedman should not have a problem in learning what we do.”
Talladega head coach Chucky Miller is glad about Scott moving on to the next level.
“It is a great honor for Stedman,” Miller said. “He made a lot of improvement over the last few years he has been playing. I believe good things are ahead for him.”
When the Tigers played in big games against other high respected teams Scott played his best basketball.
Scott is the first basketball player to sign out of high school since Cliff Tuck in 2010.
“The sky is the limit for Stedman,” Miller said. “He has a big body, he can carry more weight and he is just a load to cover on the inside. One person had a hard time covering him. One thing about Stedman in the biggest games of the year he came up big. I remember in the three of the Sylacauga games he was the go to guy. He was about unstoppable at times. Also when we played Anniston in one game he was unstoppable. In the bigger games when you needed a basket you could go to him and he would produce.”
Scott said scoring 34 points against Sylacauga was one of his most memorable moments.
“The most memorable game was the TV game against Sylacauga,” Scott said. “It really made me want to play hard every game and get my points up. I had a lot of memorable moments with my teammates. We shared a lot of good moments. I am going to miss my team.”