MONTGOMERY, Ala. — There was only one way Kendarius Hartwell could describe the loss of his teammate Rod Scott.
“Heartbroken,” he said.
So Hartwell – his teammate the past two seasons with the Generals – chose to immortalize Scott by getting “Roderic Scott 3-4-16” tattooed on his forearms.
“It was just so hard for me and heartbreaking, I wanted to always remember him,” Hartwell said. “I was never as passionate about basketball as Rod, but to see that happen just made me more passionate, made me want to do more, and be more.”
Although Hartwell and Scott only played together the past two years at Lee, when Scott transferred from St. Jude, their playing days go back much earlier.
“Rod actually gave me my first loss when we were 7 years old,” Hartwell said. “And then like three days later we ended up being teammates. It just went on from there.”
“It’s been kind of a numb feeling for us,” Lee basketball coach Bryant Johnson said. “For me, it’s been kind of up and down because Rod left a lot of great memories for us all. He was a kid that always stayed up beat. With that said, a lot of ups and downs. A lot of good moments and bad moments because you remember the young man for who he was, and he was a great young man who had a great spirit, and he left those lasting feelings on us.
“When I talked to (the team), one of the first things I told them, like I tell them before the season, a poem I read them is ‘God’s Hall of Fame,’” Johnson said. “I just spoke to them about Rod being in God’s hall of fame, because he was the ideal young man. That’s what it’s about at the end of the day. We’re here on this earth, and everybody wants the praises and all the accolades, but at the end of the day it’s about being in God’s hall of fame, and I feel like that young man is in God’s hall of fame.”