‘So surreal’: St. Johns CD’s Taliah Scott blown away by McDonald’s All-American honor

Spartans guard is just 4th area girls player to be named to the team

Taliah Scott

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Taliah Scott has joined an ultra-exclusive club.

The St. Johns Country Day girls basketball star guard was named a McDonald’s All-American selection on Tuesday afternoon. Scott, who has signed with the University of Arkansas, becomes just the fourth area girls star to earn what is regarded as the platinum standard in high school hoops.

Only 24 boys and 24 girls are named McDonald’s All-Americans annually. The game will be played March 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Scott said that she was in the car with her father and brother watching the announcement. The boys were revealed first.

“It was just like so surreal, you know,” Scott said. “Like seeing all my dreams, like ‘Wow.’ This is the highest accomplishment I could get as a high schooler and like, getting that it was just amazing.”

Scott is the first area girls player to make the team that hasn’t played at Ribault. Previously, Shante Stevens (2003), Erica White (2004) and Rennia Davis (2017) have earned the honor.

Scott surpassed the 2,000-career point mark on Dec. 6 in a win over Parker and has continued to rain down points at a ridiculous pace. Scott is averaging 37.3 points per game, a number that ranks No. 2 in the country behind Nicole Melious out of Wagner (Staten Island, NY).

In her first season at St. Johns last year, Scott led the state in scoring (31.5 ppg) and finished fourth for the state’s Miss Basketball honor. She was the All-News4JAX player of the year and has been a three-time first-team selection.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.