Emmitsburg, Md. (August 29, 2018)—Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Dan Engelstad has announced the addition of K.J. Scott (Omaha, Nebraska) to the roster as a graduate transfer. Scott comes to the Mount after playing at Texas Southern the past two seasons.
"We are really excited about our young and talented group, but one thing we were lacking was real NCAA Division I game and tournament experience," said Engelstad. "K.J. brings to us a proven player who is a versatile threat on offense and is a mature, physical defender. We are looking for him to bring experience, toughness and leadership to our young squad. A lot of people contributed to bringing K.J. to the Mount, and I want to thank everyone who helped in the process."
A preseason First Team All-SWAC selection, Scott averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assist sand 1.3 steals in seven games last season before missing the remainder of the year with an injury. He scored in double figures in six of the seven games, including a season-high 19 points at Washington State.
As a junior, Scott appeared in 35 games with 25 starts in helping lead Texas Southern to the NCAA Tournament. He scored in double figures 21 times in 2016-17, including a career-high 24 points at Mississippi Valley State. Scott scored 19 points against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, and scored 15 points in the SWAC Championship game against Alcorn State en route to All-Tournament Team honors. Scott averaged 10.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists as a junior while shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three-point range.
The Mountaineers will feature one of the youngest rosters in all of NCAA Division I with eighth freshmen and eight sophomores in addition to Scott. The Mount opens the 2018-19 season with a home exhibition game vs. Hood College on Thursday, November 1. The regular season begins at North Carolina State on Tuesday, November 6.