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By Jordan Ramsay | Oct. 2, 2017
The Island Storm has announced Tuesday the signing of former UPEI Panthers star shooting guard Tyler Scott.
The six-foot-three Halifax, N.S. native was the Panthers MVP last season after leading the AUS in scoring in 2016-17, averaging 21.5 points for the year and 23.5 points for his three-year Panthers career. Scott was also names a two-time CIS All-Canadian.
Heading into his first professional season, Scott’s mindset has not changed, but he knows the intensity will be turned up from his years as a student athlete, he said.
“Everything is the same, but it’s times two now. This is your job. I have the same mentality with basketball, but everything is turned up.”
Storm Coach Tim Kendrick’s history with Scott has him a believer in the Canadian guard’s first professional season.
“He’s a great player and shooter. He has good range and possesses an exquisite shooting touch.”
Kendrick coached Scott with the Panthers for three years, but their relationship goes back as far as the 2009 Canada Games where the pair teamed up to help Team Nova Scotia come within two-points of a gold medal.
Past success with Kendrick drove Scott to sign with the Storm.
“There is definitely a comfort there with Tim. He’s always had my back and helped me out; with him there I can focus 100 per cent on basketball in my first professional season. He’s a great guy and a better coach.”
Kendrick describes Scott as not only offensively talented, but an underrated passer and decision maker.
“He’s a strong shooter, he can hit shots and I believe he’s going to take advantage of opponents this year.”
The familiarity for Scott does not end at Kendrick. Former Panthers teammate Brad States is beginning his second professional season with the Storm and Scott thinks having the opportunity to pick the brains of States and other veteran Storm players will help in his first season as a professional.
“My plan is to get better everyday. I’ve got a great relationship with some of the guys and I’m going to focus everyday on improving.”
Scott and Coach Kendrick will look to replicate their past success at the Storm season opener against the expansion team from Newfoundland, November 18 at the Eastlink Centre. Fans can purchase season tickets at the box office or can get more information by clicking here.