Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: Mike Scott
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia
Born Date: 7/16/1988
True Position: Power Forward (4)
411: James Scott prefers to be called Mike because his dad’s name is Mike and he was a huge Michael Jordan fan. Mike is not only a basketball fan, but he also enjoys soccer and football. In fútbol he likes Manchester United, led by Wayne Rooney, and in football he is a fan of Washington’s football team, led by RG3. Outside of athletic sports, Mike enjoys playing ping pong, Xbox video games, particularly Madden, and listening to Jay-Z, Drake and Kanye West. He can be classified as a sort of tough guy with a sophisticated side. If he could be anyone for a day it would be Mike Tyson. Check out the interview below a learn a little more about Mike Scott.
Basketball Background: Mike’s played high school basketball in his birth town, Chesapeake, at a Deep Creek High School before playing prep ball for a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. From there he would sign with with Virginia where in his sophomore and junior seasons he would lead the team in rebounding, averaging a shade above 7 rebounds for the two seasons. The following season, Mike was averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. He was granted a medical redshirt and made an impressive showing as a fifth year senior averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds per game while leading the ACC in field goal percentage at 56%, earning him First Team All-ACC honors. That season Virginia returned to the NCAA tournament after a 5 year drought. With the 43rd pick of the 2012 draft, Mike was selected by the Atlanta Hawks. As a rookie, last season Mike spent time back and forth between the Hawks and it’s D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam.
Expectations: In his second season in the NBA expect Mike to make substantial progress from last season while playing 9.4 minutes per game averaging 5 points and 3 rebounds. Mike is a solid free throw shooter for a man his size so he isn’t a liability when it comes to that aspect of game. If he can adapt to coach Bud’s defensive scheme, expect Mike to garner more minutes thus increasing his production.
You may follow Mike on twitter @mikescott. You may follow me @nottydred. Again, thank you and stay blessed.