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Tyler Scott is making a move west to Illinois to continue his collegiate education and basketball pursuits.

He recently transferred from Kent State University and will play this season at John A. Logan College, a school in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“We're very excited about the signing,” Logan head coach Kyle Smithpeters said in a media relations release from the school.

“Any time you get a chance to get a kid with Division I experience from a good program like Kent State, you take it. Tyler has good size, can shoot the basketball and can put it on the floor. The big bonus is that he's a great kid.”

Scott is on campus this summer, Smithpeters said, to get acclimated to the team and his new surroundings before the fall semester begins.

“I'm pleased with the attitude he brings on a day-to-day basis,” Smithpeters said.�

Scott, a 6-foot-6 wing player, played in only five games at Kent State as a redshirt freshman in the 2013-14 season and averaged just a couple of minutes in each of those five games.

He said that was a main reason for the transfer.

“I like the campus, the coaching staff and the players,” Scott said.

“I think we have some great talent here, and that will push me to work that much harder to get the playing time I want.”

Scott, a business administration major, said he hopes to continue to develop his skills in order to hook up with another Division I school in the future.

During his varsity career at Gateway, he averaged 21 points and seven rebounds.

Scott helped the Gators win back-to-back WPIAL Quad-A championships — the first in 2011 as a junior and the second as a senior in 2012.

He finished as Gateway's all-time leading scorer with 1,678 points.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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