Dennis Scott, Flint Hill Academy's 6-foot-7 all-America basketball player, has been named the first recipient of the Naismith Award as the national male high school player of the year. It will be presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club at a dinner on April 2.
Lynne Lorenzen, a 6-2 senior from Ventura, Iowa, the highest scorer in the history of girls high school basketball, also was selected by a national panel of coaches and sports writers.
Scott, a Reston resident who has averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds a game for the Oakton school, has led Flint Hill to a 46-0 record and the top prep ranking in the nation over the past two seasons.
"He's obviously one of the best players ever in the area," said Flint Hill Coach Stu Vetter. "What made him so special was his ability to play all five positions and play them well. We were 91-6 with Dennis, 41-0 in classic tournament play. Dennis was MVP 12 times. I don't think you can say that about many people."
"It's a great honor to be selected the first high school player to receive the award," said Scott. "Our goal as a team this year was to go undefeated. I wanted to play hard and do the best I could."