Winner. The word that often comes to minds when speaking about Scott Fleming. He was one of the most competitive men’s basketball players in recent history at Northwest and laid a winning foundation for future Bearcat teams. A great leader who was not always in the face of a teammate but would lead by example and earned respect through hard work and dedication.
Fleming arrived at Northwest fresh off of winning 56 of his final 59 games during his junior and senior years at Liberty High School, which also included a state title and All-State honors. The winning would continue while he was a player at Northwest where his teams averaged more than 24 victories per season, made four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament and in 2002 reached the program’s first ever Elite Eight.
Whatever his team needed – like a 28-point effort against Missouri Western in a 2001 victory or a double-double performance in a win over Missouri-Rolla where he shot 50 percent from the three-point line and 100 percent at the free throw line – Scott was there to deliver.
Scott had a knack for getting to the free throw line throughout his career which was best set up by his favorite move: a left-to-right crossover. And when he got to the line, he made opponents pay by connecting a program record 628 times at the charity stripe.
He closed out his career as the all-time leader in steals, was a three-time all-MIAA honoree and ranks in the top four in points and assists at Northwest.
Today Scott lives in Liberty, Missouri, with his wife, Traci, and two-year old son, Mason.