LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head men’s basketball coach Chris Beard has announced the hiring of Jamaal Scott as the program’s Academic Advisor.

An experienced educator and athletics leader following a decorated playing career which includes being named the 2000 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, Scott will provide the Red Raider program personal, vocational, educational, and advanced counseling and training at both the individual and group levels. Scott will be pivotal in the management of academic advising for the men’s basketball program by assisting with course selection to ensure degree progress and completion along with serving as the contact between student-athletes and the coaching staff regarding academic progress.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Richmond where he played for the Spiders from 2002-05 and was an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team selection and a two-year team captain. After beginning his collegiate career at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and earning Big West Conference Freshman of the Year by averaging 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, Scott transferred to Richmond where he would score 1,150 points and help lead the team to on NCAA Tournament appearance and two NIT appearances.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond before earning a Master of Education degree from Grand Canyon University in secondary education. Scott was the head basketball coach at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Ariz. from 2010-17 where he led the program to five state tournament appearances and a section championship title. He also taught business and finance in the Career Technical Education Program for the Cave Creek Unified School District during that time. Along with his role at Cactus Shadows, Scott worked as a trainer at the Desert Foothills Athletic Club from 2006-17 where he planned and implemented development programs for athletes.

Scott most recently worked as a secondary school teacher at the Gyeonggi Suwon International School (Suwon, South Korea), providing academic support and mentorship to guide students towards success in the classroom. Along with academics, Scott coached basketball and taught the game to students during his two years in Korea. He returned to the United States and worked as a secondary school teacher at Mountain Sky Middle School in Phoenix, Ariz. where served in the role of Teacher of Entrepreneurship last year.

As a high school player, Scott averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix and was honored by being named a McDonald’s All-American and the Arizona High School Player of the Year. He was listed as a Top-100 prospect by Basketball Times and Hoop Scoop Magazine following his senior season. He would start all 28 games as a freshman at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo before transferring to Richmond where he played for John Beilein and Jerry Wainwright. The Spiders advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

At Texas Tech, Scott will monitor eligibility requirements in accordance to the NCAA and Big 12 guidelines and assist with tracking and reporting of student-athlete academic concerns.

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