It’s been another year of adjustment for Tez Scroggins.
The talented 6-foot junior point guard at Shawnee Heights is at his third school in three years and has been taking time to adjust to his new teammates.
On Saturday, in the third place game at the Ralph Miller Classic, Scroggins erupted for a season-high 18 points, 16 in the second half, to help lead the Thunderbirds to a 71-63 win after trailing by as many as 14 in the third quarter.
“I saw that we were down and nobody was stepping up so I felt that I had to take over in the second half, which is how I should have been playing all season,” Scroggins said.
The slick ballhandler showed off his shooting touch by drilling four 3-pointers during his scoring barrage, which is an aspect of his game that he’s continuing to improve on.
“They were kind of sagging off, which is what everyone does when they play me, but I’ve been putting in the work in the gym and tried to start letting it fly and they went in,” he said.
Wichita State has been one of the colleges that has been showing interest in Scroggins. The Shockers are currently ranked fourth in the country with a 21-0 record.
“I like them, I like how they’re playing right now,” Scroggins said. “That’s definitely somewhere I would go.”
Scroggins has been considering taking a trip to Wichita to see a game, but has not scheduled anything yet.
Recently, Santa Clara, South Alabama, Missouri State, and Weber State have been expressing interest while he’s still looking for his first offer. Northern Iowa, Drake, and Saint Louis have also showed interest.
Shawnee Heights (7-5) went 2-1 in the tournament and showed signs of improvement.
“We improved on becoming more of a team and playing together against different competition and people we don’t see during the regular season and seeing different offenses and defenses,” Scroggins said.
Scroggins transferred to Shawnee Heights from Olathe East after playing at Highland Park as a freshman. He’s averaging 8.0 points a game.
“It’s going pretty good so far, but I’m still adjusting to a new team and all of that,” Scroggins said. “I’m starting to get used to it now.”
He’s noticed that his play at times this season hasn’t been what he’s capable of.
“I haven’t really been playing like myself, which a lot of people don’t know that,” he said. “That last game helped me out a lot and showed everybody that’s what I should be doing every single game.”
With the performance he had and as the team continues to improve, Scroggins is looking for the team to make a big push down the stretch as they resume action Jan. 31 against Hayden.
“Our goal is that we shoudn’t lose another game for the rest of the season,” Scroggins said. “That’s what we’ve been talking about. We should go undefeated from here on out.”