Meet Coach George Scott: Love & Basketball
Enterprise High School Girls Basketball Coach George Scott is in his second year overseeing the program. He has experience coaching with stints at Enterprise State Community College and Enterprise High School. Aside from his wife, Cheree and daughter Chelsey, basketball is Scott’s love, his great passion. He still plays in leagues across the Wiregrass in his spare time when he’s not coaching or teaching communications at Enterprise State Community College.
He has Enterprise roots, coming of age and developing into a standout player in the early 90’s for the Wildcat Boys team. He went on to play college ball at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he learned the game of basketball at a more advanced level. Now he uses his knowledge and know-how to shape the games of the girls at Enterprise High.
Getting to Know: Scott’s Philosophy On Defense–Man-to-Man the Key
In developing his players, Scott begins by teaching them his defensive philosophies and principles. He’s a believer in a physical man-to-man defense which is different from many high school and junior high school programs that stick to running a zone defense. If the goal is to prepare student-athletes for success at higher levels of basketball, Scott accepts a steeper learning curve for the sake of a more, well-rounded, balanced player. “My philosophy is we play a man-to-man probably 95 percent of the time. We’ll press all over the court… I just think that if you teach your players how to play a man-to-man defense, if you ever wanted to teach your players another defense, they would understand because the principles of man go across the gamut of defense types,” Scott says.
There are limitations to any defense but a sound understanding of man-to-man defense enables players to better execute all defenses especially, the most common zone defense in basketball, the 2-3.
Scott explains that there is a ball-to-basket and ball-to-man relationship a player learns and must execute in man-to-man defense that allows them to be in the proper position when defending. Those relationships are consistent within at 2-3 zone as well. Thus, Scott believes that learning the principles of man-to-man defense are foundational and more versatile for developing well-rounded players. “The principles are the same in every defense. (Man-to-man) is a good foundation for learning how to play defense the correct way. And if players go to the next level a lot of teams play man-to-man and you have to be able to understand that (defense). You have to try to prepare them for the future, too,” Scott says with an eye on his players’ destiny.
It’s not that zone defenses are ineffective, but they can all be countered by the proper offensive attack whereas a solid man-to-man defense is harder to dissect. “A lot of teams play zone. Most of the varsity teams play zone. Well coached teams can take advantage of weaknesses in the zone defense. “If you move the ball, reverse the ball, attack the gaps, a zone is really easy to beat. You can get shots anytime you want,” says Scott. Scott continues, “Zones are really easy to beat if you have a team of players that understand the game and understand how basketball works. You can get easy shots out of a zone whenever you want, wherever you want.”
There are other limitations to a zone scheme as well. “The backside rebounding is really difficult in a zone. The girls learn how to play zone and it kind of makes them lazy because they’re playing their area.” When a team that plays a lot of zone does need to play man-to-man they often end up playing out of position because they’re unaccustomed to following cuts and motions of opposing players.
With the high percentage of man-to-man play style, Scott keeps his players sharp and aggressive on the defensive end of the court while preparing them for the next level, if college opportunities arise.