Akeem Scott is on a new mission for Kentucky Christian University.
When Scott walked through the KCU doors time, he was a transfer from Campbellsville University. He was ready to play basketball and not quite sure what his future would hold.
“I wasn’t the typical Kentucky Christian mold. At the time I had long dreads and a goatee, but KCU was very opening. They didn’t care what I looked like. They were just there for me. That was huge for me and my family at the time. I am really thankful for the opportunities they opened up for me,” said Scott.
While attending college and earning his degree in University and Biblical Studies, Scott became the third all-time leading scorer with 2,100 points, averaging 24.3 points per game.
He set several records including most three pointers in a single game hitting 11 in one game, most threes in a single season with 196 and was the fastest player to achieve 1,000 points in a single season.
He played in three National Tournaments with KCU and advanced to the final four in two of the three seasons. He was selected first team All-American three times, two time Regional Player of the Year and Player of the Year Finalist.
After graduation he went on to play professional basketball for the Bluegrass Stallions, an ABA team under Head Coach Kyle Macy.
His love for basketball had him yearning to become a coach.
He accepted his first position as an assistant at KCU in 2008. The team went 15-18 and went to the national tournament.
After coaching at KCU, he took an assistant coaching position at Montgomery County when they won back-to-back regional titles.
He then transferred to Asbury where he helped coach the Lady Eagles to their winningest season, 25-7, and won their first KIAC title in school history. The following year they were 27-10 and returned to the KIAC championship game.
Before returning to KCU, he was assistant to the women’s program at West Virginia University.
“My ideal job was to eventually be a coach. I started off coaching girls basketball. I went back to my home town and coached girls. I went to Asbury, University of Cumberlands and West Virginia to coach women’s basketball. Never did I think I would come back to KCU to coach men’s basketball, but I think god has directed me back to KCU to coach and be a mentor to these young men,” said Scott.
In his first year, the men’s basketball team at KCU went 15-16. If not for a consolation game at the Nationals the team would have had a .500 record.
Scott and the Knights had to quickly get adjusted to each other.
“Being thrown into the mix just two and a half weeks before the season, the transition had to happen pretty quick. I had to get to know my team and the core group that was returning. I had to figure out what style fit them. Traditionally they had played slow, 65 to 75 points a game. The style I am used to playing is more up tempo, scoring over a 100 points a game. It was a big part of our success getting those players to buy into the new style,” said Scott.
The team seemed to catch on to the up tempo style that Coach Scott ran and found success against some tough opponents.
“Once we bought in we were hanging in there with some high level teams like Campbellsville and Georgetown, teams that typically would give us a good beating,” said Scott.
They edged out Berea 91-89 in overtime and took down Cincinnati Christian College by two points, 85-83.
At half time the Knights were even within striking distance of Morehead State before getting beat, 85-57.
The Knights will lose All-American Hayden Dunn who averaged 27 points and 13 rebounds a game and was first team All-American.
However, they will return several players, Owen Crawford, Connor Maddox, and Chase Porter, that will help to fill that gap as well as have some transfers including to help give them some size.
Scott’s focus has been on recruiting some bigger, faster players for next season.
“Being able to get some high caliber players will really be able to put us on another level,” said Scott.
Coach Scott and the Knights will enter the next season with their eyes set on improvement and turning around a few close losses such as a the two point losses to Grace Bible College and a four point loss to Alice Lloyd.
“I don’t look at our record. We probably have one of the toughest schedules in the conference. What I look at is preparing our team for the big game, the conference,” said Scott.