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Louisville signee Jay Scrubb to test NBA draft waters

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This does not rule out the possibility of Scrubb playing for the Cardinals in 2020-21.

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Louisville signee Jay Scrubb, the nation’s No. 1 JuCo prospect, will test the NBA draft waters. His father confirmed the expected news to Evan Daniels of 247 Sports Wednesday morning.

Scrubb’s plan all along has been to go through the draft process, a plan which has now been complicated by the coronavirus.

“Jay’s focus right now is trying to be a pro player, and we want the NBA to take him seriously,” Scrubb said. “Some execs aren’t sure if he’s going to go to school or try for the NBA. With the timeline we don’t know when we would hear from the NBA.”

”He wants to be a pro athlete, but he does love Louisville,” he added.

Scrubb, a former Trinity High School star who was the 2018 7th Region Player of the Year averaged 21.9 ppg and shot 46.2 percent from three this past season for John A. Logan junior college.

It’s been fairly apparent throughout this past year that option one for Scrubb has been going pro. That said, he finds himself in a precarious spot where he’s currently not listed in any major mock draft and now may not have an opportunity to prove his worth at the draft combine or in private workouts for teams. If that winds up being the case, Scrubb’s decision will likely come down to whether he wants to spend at least one season at Louisville or begin his professional career by going undrafted.

If Scrubb does make the move to the draft, he’ll be the first junior college player to make that jump since 2004. The last player who did it? Former Oldham County High star Donta Smith, who at the time was committed ... to Louisville.