Chino Hills High grad Eli Scott

Chino Hills High grad Eli Scott said Wednesday he is returning to the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.

He’s sticking around for one more season.

Eli Scott, who led Loyola Marymount University basketball’s team in scoring the past two seasons and was a starter on Chino Hills High’s 2015-16 national championship team, announced Wednesday he is staying at Loyola Marymount for the 2021-22 season.

Because of the shortened 2020-21 season caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA voted in March 2020 to provide winter and spring-sport athletes an additional season and an extension of their period of eligibility.

Scott played for the Lions during the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, averaging 13.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

“Over the course of four years, LMU has not only helped me become a better basketball player, but it also helped me turn from a young man to an adult,” Scott said in a Twitter post Wednesday afternoon. “I can never thank Lion Nation enough for the unconditional love and support they’ve shown.”

He went on to thank his coaches and the university president and athletic director.

“However, the best is yet to come,” Scott wrote.

Scott has started every Loyola Marymount men’s basketball game since his sophomore year and broke the school’s freshman rebounding record with 225. 

“This is a great day for Loyola Marymount University basketball,” said Lions head coach Stan Johnson. “Eli’s decision to return to school sends a powerful message as to where our program is headed and how committed he is in becoming the best basketball player and student-athlete possible. He instantly becomes one of the best players in the country and puts us in a position to achieve at the highest level on the court.”

Scott was named an All-West Coast Conference first team honoree for the 2020-21 season.

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