Mike Scott Named VaSID State Player of the Year
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia senior forward Mike Scott was named the 2011-12 VaSID State Player of the Year Tuesday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors. Scott, who was also named to the VaSID All-State First Team, is the first Cavalier to be named the state’s top player since Sean Singletary won the award consecutive years in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Scott was joined on the first team by Antwan Carter of Longwood, Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State, Ryan Pearson of George Mason and Darrion Pellum of Hampton. Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans was named VaSID State Coach of the Year and Richmond’s Kendall Anthony was named VaSID State Rookie of the Year.
The 6-8 Scott earned third-team All-America honors from Sporting News, Basketball Times and NetScouts Basketball, fourth-team All-America honors from College Sports Madness and honorable mention All-America recognition from The Associated Press.
A 2012 first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Scott has also earned all-district honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Scott averaged 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds a game for the 2011-12 season, while shooting 56.3 percent (215-382) from the field and 80.8 percent (139-172) from the free-throw line. He ranked first among ACC players in field goal percentage, second in scoring, fifth in rebounding and seventh in free throw percentage.
Scott was honored as the ACC Player of the Week a league-high four times during the 2011-12 season. He is the first Virginia player to earn the honor four times in one season. Barry Parkhill (1971-72), Ralph Sampson (1982-83), Bryant Stith (1989-90) and Norman Nolan (1997-98) all were named ACC Player of the Week three times in a season.
Scott finished his Virginia career ranked third in rebounds (944), third in double-doubles (34) and 16th in points scored (1,538) on UVa’s all-time lists.