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Top junior college prospect and Louisville commit Jay Scrubb plans to enter NBA Draft
By ADAM ZAGORIAJay Scrubb, the No. 1 rated junior college recruit in the nation, will enter his name in the NBA Draft and plans to sign with an agent, although he said going to Louisville “absolutely” remains a possibility.
“Although I have always dreamt of playing for Louisville, my ultimate dream has always been to play in the NBA,” the 6-foot-6 Scrubb told BabcockHoops.com. “If I’m given an opportunity to get drafted, I’m going to take it.”
Scrubb, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from John Logan College (KY), said he plans to enroll in the NBA Draft and sign with an agent.
“Yes, I am going to enter my name in the 2020 NBA Draft,” he said. “Yes, my dad and I have talked to a number of agents and I will be deciding who I’m signing with soon.”
One NBA executive called Scrubb a “second-round” pick.
“Long ways away but an athletic talent,” the exec said.
Another scout said it remains unclear where he will be drafted.
“Hard to say where he’ll get drafted, the early entry list isn’t complete,” the second scout said.
He added: “He’s had all 30 teams watch him. Dude is a big-time talent.”
Scrubb averaged 19.5 points and 8.6 rebounds during the 2018-19 season, and 20.2 points and 8.9 boards this past season while shooting 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep.
He said he feels he can contribute to an NBA team now.
“I think I’m capable of contributing right away but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help my team win,” he said. “If that means being on the floor and making plays or sitting on the bench rooting on my teammates — I’ll do whatever the team asks me to do.”
Scrubb also said he’s willing to play in the NBA G League.
“I would look at it as an opportunity to learn and improve,” he said. “I’m planning on playing this game for a long time. If a team drafts me I will follow their lead in how they want to develop me as a player.”
Louisville had the No. 24-ranked recruiting class in the nation with Scrubb, according to 247Sports.com. He said going to college remains an option.
“Yes, absolutely,” he said. “I’m going to do whatever I possibly can to put myself in a situation to be drafted this year. If the process doesn’t go as I hope then going to Louisville next season is definitely an option I’d like to keep open.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.