Osan’s Scott: ‘How he does, we do’In a recent, close basketball game against Seoul American High School, Osan American’s A.J. Scott hurt his hand and was out for the second half of the game. In that half, his team lost by 20 points.
“That’s about how much he’s worth to us,” said Scott’s coach, David Leighninger, with a hint of sarcasm. In fact, A.J. is worth a whole lot more not only to Osan, but to the KAIAC league, of which he was named men’s basketball co-MVP. When asked what “special something” won A.J. the title, his coach answered, “MVP, that’s what he is. How he does, we do.”
Scott has been playing on Osan’s varsity team since the 9th grade, and in the past two years has developed into the major force on his team. “He’s extremely coachable,” said Mr. Leighninger, “a leader on the court.”
Despite the accolades, Scott is modest about his talent. When asked what he felt his strengths were, he demonstrated his team-oriented perspective: “Pumping up my teammates, getting them to play harder, make everyone feel better,” he answered. He also said that while it felt great to be voted MVP, “it was surprising at the same time. I think I could have done a lot better.” A senior this year, he plans to work on his endurance and “studying the game” to prepare himself to play in college in the U.S. next year, most likely, he said, at Florida Tech.
“He’s the kind of kid every dad would love to have,” said his coach, obviously glowing. “A.J. is a wonderful player and a fine young man.”
by Kirsten Jerch