LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- One day after being named the National Junior College Player of the Year, Jay Scrubb, Louisville's top recruit for the 2020-21 basketball season, announced he has hired an agent and will put his name in the NBA draft.
"He wants to be a pro ballplayer," his father, Jason Scrubb, said.
It was a major blow for UofL coach Chris Mack, but one that wasn't unexpected since Scrubb had been candid all along about his preference for skipping what almost certainly would have been a one-and-done career at UofL and going directly to the pros.
Scrubb, a 6-foot-6 forward, signed with Louisville last year after spending two seasons at John A. Logan College in Illinois, where he averaged 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this past season.
If he is drafted, Scrubb would be the first junior college player since Donta Smith -- another Louisville signee -- to be chosen in the last 16 years. Smith, from Oldham County High School, was taken in the second round (34th overall) by the Atlanta Hawks in 2004. He spent three seasons with the Hawks and is now playing overseas.
Scrubb's decision leaves UofL with two open scholarships, which Mack will probably use to sign a couple transfers or graduate transfers.