Chino Hills senior Eli Scott chooses Loyola Marymount

Chino Hills High School junior, Eli Scott, plays strong forward for the Chino Hills basketball team, he poses for a picture at the Chino Hills High School gym in Chino Hills, CA., Thursday, March 24, 2016. Eli Scott transfered from Upland High School last year and had to sit out because of the transfer, but now he is part of the of tittle winning No. 1 team. (Photo by James Carbone for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Chino Hills basketball standout Eli Scott has made a verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount.

He also had offers from UC Riverside, UC Irvine and Utah State but Loyola Marymount was the only school he visited.

“I like their style of play and when I went to visit it felt like a family,” Scott said. “I have also known coach Morris (assistant coach Reggie Morris) for a long time.”

Scott said he liked the school and its program but the fact that is was relatively close to home was a bonus. He is glad to stay to stay close with former teammate Lonzo Ball, now at UCLA, and Ball’s two brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo current Huskies teammates who have also committed to UCLA.

Scott is happy to have the decision made before the season starts.

“I want to be able to work on my game and getting better,” he said.

Scott, a 6-foot-4 forward, transferred to Chino Hills from Upland his sophomore year but wasn’t cleared to play by the CIF so he had to sit out. He had a breakout season last year as a junior, helping the Huskies to a 35-0 record that included state and national championships.

While the Ball brothers got most of the accolades, Scott was an impact player as well, averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds and earning first team All-Baseline League and All-Inland Valley honors.

Here is link to a story on Scott that ran late last basketball season.

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