Former Carl Junction standout Katie Scott on decision to enter transfer portal, leave GCU

Scott was the WAC Freshman of the Year this season for Grand Canyon University.

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Former Carl Junction High School basketball standout Katie Scott has decided to enter the transfer portal and leave Division I Grand Canyon University after just one season.

Scott says the decision was a tough one, but came down to the fact that she wants to be able to be closer to her family.

“With the extra year, there’s a possibility that you stay in college for five years,” Scott says of the decision, “I was just thinking to myself how many things I’ve missed in this one year, and that’s not something I want for myself going forward. I just knew that I wasn’t ever going to be fully comfortable this far from home, and I would be doing myself and coach Miller a favor if I was honest with myself and my priorities. Family is just too high of a priority for me, so I just felt like I have to be closer to home.”

The former Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year made an immediate impact for GCU in her freshman season.

Scott was the team’s leading scorer, posting 16.2 points per game. She was also second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game.

For her big season, Scott earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors and was a 1st team All-WAC selection.

The decision to leave GCU was made tougher by the relationship Scott has formed with head coach Molly Miller.

Miller originally recruited Scott to play at Drury. When Miller accepted the job at Grand Canyon University, Scott followed her to Phoenix to play for the Lopes.

“At the time I felt I made the right decision for me…I had all the confidence in coach Miller, and I still do. Our relationship has definitely grown this year,” Scott says, “Especially us two Missouri girls coming out to a place we’ve never been before. It was difficult to come to this decision, knowing how much love I have for her. She took it so well…she understands the value of family and where I was coming from. She didn’t want me to leave, obviously, but she’s been so supportive of me throughout this decision. I’m so grateful for her. There isn’t anyone else I would have come out here for in the first place, that’s for sure.”

Scott says she has visited with multiple schools closer to home since making the decision to enter the transfer portal.

“I want a great academic school. I want a successful basketball program. I want coaches who will push me as a person and as a player, and I want somewhere to grow my faith,” Scott adds, “There’s a lot of schools that check those boxes, but there are also schools that check them better than others. I just have to narrow it down and think about all the small differences.”

Regardless of where she ends up, Scott is aiming to prove that her big freshman season at GCU wasn’t a fluke – and prove she’s one of the best young players in the country.

“I’ve heard a lot about the sophomore slump in the last few weeks. That’s something I’m actively trying to avoid,” Scott says, “That’s a big priority for me in choosing my next school, is finding a place that’s going to push me to another level. I had success this year…but looking back, there were a lot of areas I could have performed at a higher level. I want to elevate my game constantly.”