Gateway basketball star Tyler Scott following family's example
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Gateway guard Tyler Scott is getting high praise from around the WPIAL for his stellar play.
The 6-foot-6 junior guard became a marquee name last year during the Gators' run to and through the WPIAL and state playoffs.
Scott averages 21.8 points per game for Gateway, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.
However, perhaps the best compliment Scott said he has received this season has come from the confines of his own home.
"I've been told that I'm the best in the family. My parents told me that I have the most talent and potential," Scott said. "I have the best support system."
That's quite the compliment, considering the support system Scott is referring to.
His father, Rod, played at Duquesne from 1979-82, and his mother, Jennifer, is the second all-time leading scorer in the history of Pitt women's basketball.
Older sister, Shayla, is a senior forward at Pitt.
Tyler Scott knows how lucky he is to have all three by his side.
"They are all great players and have taught me a lot," he said. "I am motivated to go out there and perform well so I don't get yelled at."
Gateway has performed well so far this season, with its only losses through 16 games coming in a three-day span in early January to highly ranked North Allegheny and Section 2 rival Franklin Regional.
Scott believes the Gators became more focused after the Jan. 7 loss to Franklin Regional, and Gateway head coach Mitch Adams said focus is the key for the junior Division I prospect.
"Tyler is our leading scorer, and when he's focused, he's unstoppable," Adams said. "He has such great instincts, his passing and his knowledge of the game. I look for great things out of him. The key is just for him to stay focused."
And while WPIAL coaches are noticing Scott's outstanding play on the court, more NCAA Division I coaches are becoming aware.
He has scholarship offers from Duquesne, Kent State and Cleveland State, while garnering interest from such programs as Marquette, Washington, Dayton and Temple.
The recruiting process may be far from over, but even Scott admits playing for the Dukes like his father could be a fun experience.
"My dad told me he would love to see me go (to Duquesne), but he said it's my choice," Scott said. "They're definitely one of my top choices."
Although Gateway won a share of the Section 2 title last season, Scott believes winning the section outright this year is an important step for this team.
The Gators took another big step toward a section crown Tuesday night with a 55-48 victory at Penn Hills.
Scott had 20 points in the game, with nine coming in a decisive fourth quarter in which Gateway outscored Penn Hills 23-17.
The Gators lead Section 2 with a 7-1 record, while Penn Hills fell to 5-2.
"Last season, we shared the title with Plum. I don't want that, and we don't want that," he said.
"Talking to Barnett (Harris) and Devon (Cottrell), our goal is to win championships this year. We want to win the section, the WPIAL, states. Everything."
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