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A highly recruited small forward out of Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kansas, Scotty Middleton has made a name for himself as one of the top recruits in the class of 2023. Known for his length, athleticism, and skills on both sides of the ball, Scotty received offers from schools such as Kansas, UConn, Michigan State, and more before making his commitment to join the Ohio State Buckeyes. As he plays in his senior year of high school and prepares for his time in Columbus, he has been grounded by faith throughout his career and hopes to use his gifts to make an impact in the lives of many.

Scotty Middleton Sunrise
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Throughout his journey, Scotty has credited those around him for keeping him grounded and on the right track. He says those people have also made sure he prioritized faith throughout his life.

“Growing up my faith has always been really strong because of the people around me leading by example. Sometimes, when things don’t go according to plan, we lose faith, not only in ourselves, but also in any potential outcome in our lives.”

Scotty says that he has learned to embrace every challenge knowing that there is something greater in store.

“Failure will do that to you so I always keep a level head and through good and bad always stay prayed up and trust that it will get better.”

On the court, Scotty says that his faith plays a key role in every game. He says that he has learned to trust in God and His plan for his life, regardless of circumstances or outcomes.

“Faith plays a major role in my basketball career and life in general. I put my faith in God everyday through good and bad I know that everything is going to work out how it’s supposed to.”

Scotty Middleton with Ball
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That trust for Scotty has allowed him to play without fear, enjoying every second and knowing that everything will work out just the way that it is supposed to.

When looking at Scotty, the first thing one might notice is the humility that he possesses. A young man of strong character, doing things the right way matters most to Scotty throughout his journey. As he prepares for the chance to play at the collegiate level, he says that he hopes to show that working hard and trusting in God’s plan will lead you right where you need to be.

“The biggest impact I hope to have is to really just show everybody that Hard work beats everything and to always trust God’s timing and never lose faith no matter how hard it gets.”

Scotty says that he has learned throughout his journey that through hard work, you can truly achieve anything.

“I want to inspire anybody out there chasing their dreams that it’s never too far out of your reach if you work hard.”

Scotty is the headlining piece of a Buckeye 2023 recruiting class that ranks 6th overall in the country. As he prepares for that next step and the chance to showcase his talent and abilities at the highest level, he will do so with faith as his anchor. Relying on God’s plan for his life, Scotty says he will work hard each and every day to inspire others that anything is possible.


Ethan Kruse

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