Awards season: Taliah Scott earns Gatorade state player of the year honors

St. Johns Country Day girls basketball guard Taliah Scott was named the Gatorade state player of the year Wednesday. (St. Johns Country Day, St. Johns Country Day)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The honors continue to roll in for Taliah Scott.

The senior guard at St. Johns Country Day School earned Gatorade player of the year honors on Wednesday. Scott averaged a state-best 36.2 points per game in her final season and led the Spartans to the Class 2A state semifinals. It was the first time St. Johns had been four rounds deep in the playoffs.

The Gatorade honor is just the fourth by an area player. Ribault icon Dorian Williams earned it in back-to-back seasons (2002-03) and Trojans superstar Rennia Davis won it in 2017.

The accolade puts Scott in the running for Gatorade national player of the year. No area player has ever achieved that. The University of Arkansas signee is one of the highest ranked players in area history, a five-star who is rated No. 11 by HoopGurlz.

Scott, the reigning All-News4JAX player of the year, put the finishing touches on her career with a sizzling 47-point effort against Faith Christian in the state semifinals. A week later, Scott was presented with her ceremonial McDonald’s All-American Game jersey. She’s just the fourth area girls player to be selected to that game. Williams, Erica White and Davis, all Ribault stars, are the only others.

Scott finished her career with 2,735 points, one of the most in area history, and not far behind Williams’ mark of 2,780.

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