Louisville could lose star JUCO commit Jay Scrubb to the NBA Draft

According to a report from Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, Jay Scrubb — the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the country and a Louisville commit — has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Scrubb fully intends to go through the process.

Scrubb hails from Louisville; he just put the finishing touches on a monster two-year window at John A. Logan College. During the 2019-20 season, Scrubb averaged 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game. As a freshman, Scrubb averaged 20.2 points per game. He connected on 39.5 percent of his career 3-point attempts (233 3PA) while at Logan, too.

Jason Scrubb — the father of the 6-foot-6 wing — told Daniels that there’s still plenty up in the air, especially as the coronavirus continues to hit the world of sports: “We’re still deciding on an agent and also if it’s in his best interest to sign. That will come with more information from the NBA.”


Roster Impact: Jay Scrubb

For Louisville and Chris Mack, however, the loss of Scrubb would be a very real hit. With such an experienced roster for the 2019-20 season, the Cards are already prepared for a bit of a talent drain; Dwayne Sutton, Ryan McMahon, Fresh Kimble, Steven Enoch will all depart the program. Two talented juniors — Jordan Nwora, an All-American, and Malik Williams — could test NBA Draft waters, too.

Darius Perry, another veteran point guard, entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, too.

There’s also the possibility that freshman guard David Johnson could also enter his name into the draft as well. Johnson played just 432 minutes this season, but he’s a big, athletic guard that put together some monster performances this season, especially late in the year. He’s a legit NBA prospect.

Even if Nwora decided to leave, which seems likely, a hypothetical Louisville roster for the 2020-21 season built around Johnson, Scrubb, Samuell Williamson and (maybe) Williams sounds great on paper. However, there’s a lot of that up in the air right now.

Louisville has been aggressive on the transfer market; the Cards recently offered El Ellis, another JUCO stud, a scholarship. Ellis, however, is a 2021 prospect.

Sacred Heart graduate transfer EJ Anosike —  6-foot-6 wing guard — is also on Louisville’s radar.