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Kennesaw transfer James Scott to visit St. John’s

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Scott, a sophomore who would have to sit out next season, averaged 17 points per game this season, even against major conference foes.

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Chris Mullin’s Red Storm continues to work the transfer market, even as Tariq Owens considers a transfer.

James Scott, a 6’5” wing who plays in the Atlantic Sun’s Kennesaw State, is taking an unofficial visit the St. John’s, per Evan Daniels. Scott would sit out next season and then have two seasons of eligibility left.

Scott, from Union, NJ, played at St. Benedict’s Prep. His father, also named James, played at St. John’s for two years in the early 1990s, coming from Paterson’s Eastside High School (his principal was the subject of the movie, “Lean On Me”). He averaged 13 points per game in his career. The elder James graduated in 1995 and played eight games for the Miami Heat in 1996, and then played in France and other countries until 2005.

The younger Scott scored 26 points in the season opener at Butler, scored 17 at Florida State, 21 at Washington. and 19 at Texas Tech, all losses for Kennesaw State. He had a career-high of 33 against Stetson as a freshman and scored 32 versus Stetson this season.

and averaged 17 points per game this season, shooting 34% from outside the arc, 80% at the free throw line, and 46% inside the arc.

Per Sports-Reference.com, Scott used 30% of his possessions (a little less than Shamorie Ponds uses per game), assisted on 15% of his teammates’ made shots, and turned the ball over on 14% of his possessions. He also sported an excellent 3% steal rate, 3 steals per game at Kennesaw’s moderately slow pace.

Why Scott? St. John’s knows that Shamorie Ponds is not likely to stay for his senior year, and talented scoring is always in vogue. Having a player that is not eligible to play for a season also eases up on the roster crunch that can force players to get frustrated with their time.

Will he commit? St. John’s is close to home, and the Johnnies have had great success with transfers.

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