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Louisville Signee Jay Scrubb Named National JUCO Player of the Year


Potential future Louisville Cardinal Jay Scrubb continues to load up with honors and accolades for his sensational two-year junior college career.

Scrubb was recently named NJCAA Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The Louisville native gave Chris Mack a commitment in September, but recently declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Scrubb has left the door open to eventually enroll at Louisville if he doesn’t get the feedback he wants from the NBA.

Like everything else in the sports world, the NBA Draft process will likely be much different this year. If there is no NBA Draft combine or workouts with team, Scrubb won’t have the ability to showcase his talent to league personnel.

“They’ll probably do a lot of Skype interviews and FaceTime interviews with potential draftees, but you can’t even do a workout in your own gym and send it to a team,” Chris Mack said on Tuesday when asked about Scrubb’s situation.

“They (the NBA) have to go on the film that they already have. So the ability to move up the board, or down the board, at least in my mind’s eye, has been compromised by what we’re all dealing with. So it answer your question, it really doesn’t matter what I think is going to happen. But we’ll be on top of it every step of the way with Jay and his family here over the next few weeks.”

The initial deadline for players to decide if they”ll keep their name in the draft or remain in the college ranks is June, 3. However, that will likely change given that the NBA Draft is expected to be moved to a later date.

UofL Press Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. University of Louisville men’s basketball signee Jay Scrubb has been named the 2020 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player of the Year powered by ShotTracker, as well as earning first-team NABC All-America honors.

As a sophomore last season, Scrubb led John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. to a 28-5 record and the No. 5 seed of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, prior to its cancelation due to COVID-19. He averaged 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 72.1 percent at the free throw line. The 6-5 guard/forward from Louisville produced eight games with 30 or more points last season, including scoring a season-high 38 points twice.

Scrubb finished in the top 20 in the NJCAA in total points (634), free throws made (157), and field goals made (218). He scored 1,240 points in his two seasons with the Volunteers. As a freshman last season, Scrubb averaged 20.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots as Logan posted a 27-5 record and was ranked fifth in the nation in earning first team 2019 NJCAA Division I All-America honors. In the summer of 2019, he was the only junior college player invited to the US Men’s U19 World Cup team training camp.

Scrubb averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds a game as a senior at Trinity High School in Louisville in 2017-18 when he was selected as the Seventh Region Player of the Year and was a finalist for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball. He was also the Seventh Region Player of the Year as a junior when he averaged 16.1 points at Trinity.

Scrubb, who signed a national letter-of-intent with the Cardinals in November, has entered his name into the 2020 NBA Draft while taking steps to maintain his collegiate eligibility to allow him to join the UofL squad.

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