Putting in the school work to do work on the court

Published 5:19 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What started as a challenge from his dad turned into a summer long project for fourth grader Cameron Scott. An avid basketball player, Cameron’s dad told him at the beginning of summer that if he read 30 books he could make a highlight reel video like the ones he frequently watches on YouTube.

“Every day when I get off of work and he comes home from school he’s usually on YouTube,” Cameron’s dad, Randolph Scott, said. “Watching LeBron James’ son and watching people on YouTube his age and he told me he thinks he’s better then them. Better then a lot of eight year olds.”

Instead of just going ahead and having a video of Cameron made, Randolph decided to make his son earn the privilege.

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“I gave him a challenge because I wanted to put education first,” Randolph said. “I gave him a challenge and told him if he reads a certain amount of books we’ll think about letting him do a video so he can watch himself on YouTube and see where he needs to improve and he did it.”

The challenge took Cameron all summer to complete and even his dad didn’t believe him at first when he said he was done.

“After he read the books I really didn’t believe him,” Randolph said. “I actually, at first, thought he was just looking at them, just trying to fool me; but I started asking him a couple questions about them and he actually read all of them.”

Randolph then contacted former University of Tennessee and Bainbridge High School basketball player Devon Balkman to help with the video and Fresh Shot Media to film and edit it.

“I just wanted to give him a little exposure and let him know that if he works hard and does good in school, that’s the first step in doing what he wants to do in life,” Randolph said. “That’s why I gave him the challenge.”

Now that he has a highlight video of his own, Cameron said he plans to continue to work on improving his game.

“Every day after my home work I go outside and play ball,” Cameron said.

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