TOPEKA — Well Topeka he is back. After a year away Tez Scroggins is back, but this time in a Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds jersey.
During his freshman campaign at Highland Park Scroggins suited up and played varsity for the Scots while averaging 2.4 points in 14 games. Following his freshman year, he decided to take his talents to Olathe East where he averaged 6.5 ppg and 3.3 assists as a starter.
Then he made the decision to come back to Topeka where he missed the scene of playing with and against his friends. This year the talented 5-foot-11 junior guard will be taking the court at Shawnee Heights under new coach Sam Stroh. He will be taking the court with friends and former Highland Park teammates Jovan and Tony Barksdale. The T-Birds bring back a majority of their 9-12 team from last year and the addition of Scroggins can only make things better.
“The transition has been good because I have a lot of friends here, so I came in and felt right at home,” Scroggins said.
When asked what his personal and team goals are for the upcoming year he said, “my personal goals would be trying to average a double-double, while as a team winning the class 5a state championship,” which would be the school’s first since 2002.
This past summer he played with the KC Run GMC, where he traveled all over the nation in what Tez describes “the best summer of AAU that he has had so far”. His biggest performance of the summer came when Run GMC was facing rival Sports U in Milwaukee, with Scroggins putting up double digits in points as well as assists. He felt that with his overall performance in that tournament that he put himself on that map to start getting the notoriety he felt he deserved from college coaches everywhere.
He is drawing interest from the likes of Wichita State, Weber State, Grand Canyon University, Santa Clara, Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Drake.
Scroggins described his own game as that of his favorite players Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.
“I attack off the dribble, full-court pressure defense, and apply pressure by pushing the ball getting my teammates involved,” Scroggins said.
Scroggins and the rest of the T-Birds will look to get their season off to a solid start on Dec. 6 as they travel to KC-Turner to take on the Golden Bears.