One of the beauties of basketball is that there are still players in todays game who carry a certain folklore about them much like in the pre-YouTube age when we relied on word of mouth and hearsay to know who the next good one could be.
Jay Scrubb is one of those players.
Scrubb is a 6-foot-6 guard who was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He was named the 2020 Junior College Player of the Year and was rated as a four-star prospect who had committed to play for Chris Mack in his hometown at the University of Louisville.
However, Scrubb has recently announced that he has signed with an agent (EZ Sports Group) and will remain in the 2020 NBA draft without ever playing a game for Louisville.
With so much unknown surrounding Scrubb, he is easily the wildcard of this years draft which will now take place October 15.
Due to poor academic standing, Scrubb couldn’t play NCAA division one basketball coming out of high school so he attended John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL where he absolutely torched the competition over the past two years. In 2019-20 Scrubb averaged 21.9 points per game along with 6.8 rebounds. He shot 50 percent from the field including 33.3 percent from three-point range. In 2018-19 he was equally as dominant with 20.2 points per game.
It only takes a few seconds to watch Scrubb play before you realize that this guy is an NBA player without question. His athleticism jumps out the screen at you and he provides highlight reel dunks night after night. Every game he does something new that could become must watch TV.
Obviously the knock against Scrubb is the level of competition he played against at the Juco level as opposed to who he would’ve played against in the ACC had he attended Louisville. However, if you watch 2 minutes of video on Scrubb it won’t take you long to realize that he would be a dominant player at the NCAA level with ease and that his decision to jump straight to the pros is probably the right one for him.
Scrubb brings back memories of Rashard Lewis who was the wildcard of the 1998 draft when the Seattle Supersonics picked him straight of out high school in the second round with the No.32 overall pick. Lewis went on to have a 16 year career in the NBA averaging 14.9 points per game throughout his career.
There are plenty of players in this years draft with a better resume which include being a McDonald’s All-American and a major conference Player of the Year like Tre Jones from Duke. However, there are few players in this draft (including Jones) with the raw athleticism and “it factor” compared to Scrubb on the court.
In what is one of the weakest drafts in recent memory, you could see some team take a flyer on Scrubb somewhere in the late first round.
The guy can flat out ball.
Check out Jay Scrubb’s highlights vs Vincennes University who are the reigning Juco National Champions.