Brodie Scott always loved basketball but, until the last few years, the game was not in his long-term plans.
It is now after Scott signed to join the LaGrange College men’s basketball program. Scott, a recent North Oconee High School graduate, made that plan official in April during a signing ceremony held at the school’s field house.
Scott was joined by a bevy of family members, teammates and friends as he inked the necessary documents to officially accept LaGrange’s scholarship offer.
“It's special,” Scott said about the signing event. “It just shows how all your hard work paid off. This is what you work for your whole life. This has been a dream of mine. I'm just glad it came true.”
For Scott, the “dream” of playing college basketball did not really formulate until the last year or two. He said that one person helped change his focus toward playing basketball beyond high school.
Rick Rasmussen was hired as the North Oconee boys head coach before the 2019-20 season. His influence over the program sparked Scott’s interest in becoming a college basketball player.
“Ever since [Rasmussen] stepped into the program, he gave it a different feel,” Scott said. “He made me more dedicated, made me love the sport more. Ever since then, I've been dedicated to achieve this goal to play at the next level.”
Scott formally signed to accept LaGrange’s scholarship offer during the April ceremony.
As he put pen to paper, Scott said his thoughts went to the family members and North Oconee teammates and coaches who helped make it all possible.
“Everybody here has helped me so much, from family members to coaches – everybody,” he said. “You just think of them and what you do this for. It's great.”
Scott looked around at different programs during the recruiting process but he landed on LaGrange for his college of choice.
LaGrange presented Scott with everything he wanted. The school offers a degree in sports management, Scott’s intended major, and Scott believes Panthers head coach Kendal Wallace has established a strong overall program.
That makes Scott excited to join the fray.
“LaGrange is a great school overall,” Scott said. “They've got a good academic reputation. Coach Wallace is amazing and cares about his players. He's got a great group of guys over there. They're all family. They've got a good sports management program and that's what I'm gonna major in, so it's a good school. I fell in love with it as soon as I went to go visit.”
Scott made it clear that sports management will make his academic path. As for his on-court goals, he wants to make his mark on the LaGrange players.
That means taking the next step and building on the foundation he established for himself as a Titan.
“I definitely want to get some playing time my freshman year,” Scott said. “My goal is to be an all-conference player for three years and become one of the best players on the team, become that guy that you go to.”
Scott became one of those go-to players at North Oconee over the last few years.
He particularly excelled as a senior. Scott made the most of an increased role on the team,
at one point breaking the program’s single-game rebound record by grabbing 24 boards on Feb. 14 against Flowery Branch.
Scott finished his senior campaign averaging a double-double, and he helped the Titans enjoy their best overall season to date.
As he departs North Oconee, Scott knows he and his teammates helped get the Titans in strong shape for the future.
“The program is in great hands because of Coach Ras,” Scott said. “The three years he's been here, he's gotten four people offered and three people signed. He does so many good things with this program. It will be OK. We've got four really good seniors leaving but we've got so many younger guys that are developing.”