UIL State Track and Field Championships

Copperas Cove’s Cory Scott clears the 6-foot, 10-inch mark in the Class 5A boys high jump on Saturday during the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin. Scott won gold with a leap of 7 feet.

For the past few weeks, Cory Scott’s world has been in a blender.

The Copperas Cove standout basketball player was signed with Stephen F. Austin until an unexpected run at the Class 5A high jump state title changed everything. After receiving the gold medal, his seemingly concrete plans were pelted with alternatives as larger schools took notice of his track accomplishments.

Suddenly, a future as a collegiate track star became a distinct possibility, and Scott was content with that even though his passion was on the basketball court. On Wednesday, in yet another twist, he received everything he originally wanted and more when he committed to play basketball for Texas Tech.

“Everything was just crazy from me going to the high jump to getting my release from SFA and everything,” Scott said. “It happened so fast, but it also seemed like it didn’t, but I’m thankful it did happen.”

Scott received a full-ride basketball scholarship and there is the potential he could continue his high-jumping career for the Red Raiders, but is currently focusing strictly on basketball. The District 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year is moving to Lubbock on Sunday in preparation for beginning workouts on Monday.

Scott was able to be released from his letter of intent with SFA because head coach Danny Kaspar left to take the head coaching position at Texas State.

“I am very excited,” he said. “I’m really just at a loss for words about the whole situation. … I can’t wait to get up there, meet the rest of the team and start working out with the guys.”

Scott averaged 24.3 points per game during his senior season, helping the Bulldawgs end a four-year playoff drought in the process.

Earlier in the season, the 6-foot, 2-inch guard became the first player in program history to sign with a Division I program when he committed to the Lumberjacks.

But once Scott thrived in the high jump, he simply could not ignore the opportunities that became available, and Copperas Cove head basketball coach Billy White Jr. is excited about Scott’s choice.

“I think he was in a good situation already with having signed with SFA,” White said, “but playing under Tubby Smith, I don’t think he could ask for more than that. It’s just another really good situation.”

After winning at state, Scott knew he would probably receive better offers to compete with a school’s track program, but he wanted to play basketball as well. So, Texas Tech’s track coaches informed Smith about Scott and the former Kentucky and Minnesota coach liked what he saw enough to offer Scott a scholarship.

Scott was equally enamored.

“I loved everything about it,” said Scott, who traveled to Lubbock on Wednesday to sign his financial aid paperwork. “I love the gym, their coaching staff, and coach Smith, to me, is a hall-of-fame coach.

“He is a great coach, who has sent a lot of players to the NBA. … They just have a great program there right now, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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