Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. Josh Scott.
What do these basketball players have in common? They’re all Parade All-Americans.
Scott, who led Lewis-Palmer to a 4A state title in March, has been named to the 2012 Parade magazine All-America Basketball Team. The team will be announced in Sunday’s magazine, which appears in hundreds of newspapers across the country, including The Gazette, and will be available in its entirety exclusively on Parade.com.
The 6-foot, 10-inch, 220-pound center, who will attend the University of Colorado with friend and rival Wesley Gordon, was thrilled to learn of his selection to the elite 50-player team.
“It’s really a big honor,” said Scott, the 2011-12 Gatorade Colorado Boys Basketball Player of the Year and The Gazette’s boys’ basketball Peak Performer Player of the Year. “It’s really cool to have all these accolades, and this is a great way to end (my high school career).”
Harrison's Xavier Ford earned Parade honors a year ago.
Scott led the Rangers (27-1) to 27 consecutive wins, including a 44-43 thriller over Gordon’s Sierra squad in the state championship game. He averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 72.3 percent from the field as a senior.
“The more I’ve been getting personal things, I’ve been celebrating them with my teammates and coaches,” said Scott who graduates on Thursday. “I can honestly say that’s been more fun than any accolade I’ve gotten, because my excellence comes from their excellence.”
His coach at Lewis-Palmer, Russ McKinstry, was proud to learn his star pupil had received such a prestigious national honor.
“This doesn’t happen very often for basketball players in the state of Colorado,” McKinstry said. “So, to be recognized as one of the top players in the nation is extremely special and also very well-deserved by Josh. Josh’s dedication and commitment to becoming a player of this status is pretty impressive.”
McKinstry, who has coached NBA player Pat Garrity and college star Matt Carroll of Purdue, considers Scott among the best players he has ever coached.
“Josh is the first Parade All-American I’ve had, so that definitely puts him in elite status, as far as the players I’ve coached,” McKinstry said. “He came in as an awkward, skinny freshman with not a lot of skills, and now he’s being recognized as being one of the best players in the country. That’s pretty impressive.”