April 23, 2024

Charleston freshman forward James Scott transfers to Louisville

Louisville lands a second transfer from Charleston as freshman forward James Scott announces commitment

Pat Kelsey has his second commitment as the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball program.

And it’s a second player from his last stop – Charleston.

Freshman forward James Scott, who just entered the transfer portal on Saturday afternoon, has already committed to the Cardinals. The 6-foot-11 Scott appeared in 35 games this past season, averaging 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks a game.

Scott hit 79 percent from the field.

Kelsey also landed Charleston guard Reyne Smith, who committed Saturday. The 6-foot-2 guard, a native of Ulverstone, Australia, started 89 games in three seasons with the Cougars. A double-figure scorer in each season, Smith holds a career average of 11.9 points a game.

Named Coastal Athletic Association Rookie of the Week twice in December, Scott averaged 16.1 minutes a game as a true freshman for the Cougars. He scored in double figures six times, including back-to-back season-high 14-point performances against The Citadel and Coastal Carolina in mid-December.

Scott made ESPN’s Sports Center top plays for a block transition to a dunk against Coastal Carolina. He entered the season as the fourth youngest player in Division I men’s basketball. He was 76 of 96 from the field and 22 of 50 from the free-throw line.

After the breakout rookie season, Scott secured a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Scott was a three-star prospect out of E.E. Smith High School. He was voted the Most Improved Player by the Fayetteville Observer after the 2021-22 season. Scott also had offers from Georgia State, Appalachian State, Loyola Chicago, and many others before his commitment to the Cougars.

“James reminds me of a young Marcus Camby,” Kelsey said last year when he signed with Charleston. “. . . he is still growing too. He is a legit 6-11 right now and he just turned 17. He has very good hands, touch, and skill. He moves and runs extremely well. He is a major lob threat, blocks shots, and affects the game in many ways.”

The Post & Courier newspaper did a story on Scott during the NCAA Tournament earlier this month and quoted an NBA scout raving about Scott.

“His length, his athleticism, his footwork are exactly what NBA teams are looking for nowadays,” the scout told the paper. “That doesn’t mean he could go play in the NBA right now or that he will play in the NBA. He still has a lot of work to do, but if he continues to develop, he’s going to get a shot at the next level.

“He’s a guy that can guard multiple positions and doesn’t seem to be bothered when get gets a matchup against a smaller or quicker guard or forward.”

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