John Scott, COBD
John was born in Albany, New York, and has been around the game of basketball his entire life. Scott is the son of a former high-school basketball coach, and vowed early on that he would use the game of basketball to not only change his life, but also the lives of those around him, and he has done just that.
By the time Scott was in the 4th grade, he started to make headlines and gain notoriety based off of his skills on the basketball court. He eventually joined the City Rocks AAU program which is one of the top EYBL programs in the country. In his first year playing with City Rocks, Scott competed at the AAU National Showcase in Orlando, Florida and finished the tournament ranking in the top 10 in scoring, and free-throw percentage. Due to his success on the court, and in the classroom, Scott was awarded a scholarship to The Albany Academy where he attended all four years of high school. There he was a three-year letter winner, and served as team captain his senior year. He Averaged 20.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 2005-06, leading the team to a 17-6 record before being eliminated by Jimmer Fredette in the sectional semifinals. John was named preseason Times Union First Team All-Area, First Team All-Colonial Council, Troy Record First Team All-Area, and was selected to the Section II Class A All-Tournament Team as a senior. As a junior, Scott averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game and lead his squad to a 20-2 record, and his team was ranked as high as #3 in New York State. A local playground legend in his own right, Scott was featured in SLAM magazine for his spectacular play in street ball tournaments in New York City. He went on to play collegiately at Iona College and Long Island University in Brooklyn.
In the summer of 2011, after one of his players was senselessly murdered, Scott started 4th Family Inc. which is a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk youth. His passion for the youth is second to none, and he utilizes Gifted Athletes LLC as a platform for athletic achievement for all the student-athletes that he works with.
John currently resides in Albany, NY where he works as a school administrator and high-school basketball coach.