On Wednesday, Mar. 31, Eli Scott announced that he will be using his extra year of eligibility to play at LMU for one more season. After the Lions finished third in the West Coast Conference (WCC) behind Brigham Young University (BYU) and NCAA tournament finalists Gonzaga, they are looking like a very competitive team.
This past season Scott led the team in points, rebounds, assists and minutes played for the second consecutive season. He averaged an impressive 18 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 35.6 minutes per game and was shooting at 49.5% from the field. Scott earned himself first team All-WCC recognition and was selected for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Second-Team All-District.
When asked about some reasons he decided to stay another season, Scott mentioned that he believed in the team's potential for the 2021-2022 season. “The proof is in the pudding,” he said. “Coach Johnson’s word is bond. The results speak for themselves so that was one of the things that I took into consideration.”
Scott also mentioned that he wants to improve his perimeter skills in this upcoming season. Perimeter shooting and stretching the floor has become a very significant part of the modern game, so it makes sense that Scott would want to improve on this before entering the draft. “The positionless forward is becoming one of the hottest commodities in basketball,” Scott said. “If I can turn myself into a perennial defensive stopper and a guy that can make open shots, that can help long term.”
In addition to Scott staying another season, former Northern Arizona University guard, Cameron Shelton will be joining the Lions next season. In the 2020-2021 season, Shelton averaged 19.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. On top of that, Shelton played on the same Chino Hills high school team with Eli Scott, and professional NBA players Onyeka Okongwu and all three of the Ball brothers.
With Eli Scott returning, Cameron Shelton joining the team and coach Johnson entering his second year with the team, the Lions are looking very intimidating. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see them make a very competitive conference run and even an appearance in the NCAA 2021-2022 March Madness tournament next year.
This is the opinion of Ben Barrett, a junior journalism major from Brooklyn, New York. Tweet comments to @LAloyolan or email comments to email@example.com.