Meet The Lumberjack Basketball Newcomers
Nov. 4, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - When the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team takes the floor this season, Lumberjack fans might notice a few new faces in uniform -- nine, to be exact. The nine newcomers for 2007-08 tie two previous years for the most SFA rookies to start a season under eighth-year head coach Danny Kaspar. The class includes five prep recruits and four collegiate transfers. Following is the last in a series of question-and-answer sessions to help SFA fans get to know the newest Lumberjacks. Today's featured 'Jack is freshman Jereal Scott.
Scott is a 6-7, 225-pound center from La Porte, Texas. In two years as a starter at La Porte High, Scott earned first-team all-district honors twice. He was named his team's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, after averaging 18 points per game for his career. Scott also averaged six rebounds and a blocked shot over his three years as a letterman.
Scott's size belies a very sound and agile game around the basket, according to Kaspar. "Jereal has got a lot of talent, particularly on the offensive side of the ball," the coach said.
Scott will major in accounting at Stephen F. Austin.
Below are Scott's responses to the Lumberjack newcomer survey:
Q: What is your favorite professional sports team?
A: Phoenix Suns.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Tim Duncan.
Q: What is your biggest hobby other than basketball?
A: Hanging with my teammates.
Q: What was the biggest factor in your decision to come to Stephen F. Austin?
A: The chance to play Division I basketball.
Q: What has been your biggest surprise about college life at SFA?
A: The limited amount of free time I have.
Q: What do you think is your best attribute on the court?
A: My ability to score in the post and take charges.
Q: What has been the toughest part of preseason practice, so far?
A: Running ladders.
Q: If you had to sum up this year's team in one word, what would it be?
Q: What position, besides your natural position, would you like to play and why?
A: I would like to play small forward.
Q: What's your most prized possession?
A: My playing ability.
Fans have the chance to see Jereal Scott and the rest of the Lumberjacks in action for the first time Monday night, when they host Abilene Christian in a season-opening exhibition game. The contest is set to tip off at 7 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, when the Lumberjacks host UT-Tyler in a 7 p.m. tilt.
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