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Scrubb Ready For Big Stage On NBA Draft Night

  • Former John A. Logan standout Jay Scrubb (1) is looking to become the first junior college basketball player to be selected in the NBA Draft since Southeastern Illinois Donta Smith was picked by Atlanta in 2004. This year's NBA Dtaft will be held on November 18th.

    Former John A. Logan standout Jay Scrubb (1) is looking to become the first junior college basketball player to be selected in the NBA Draft since Southeastern Illinois Donta Smith was picked by Atlanta in 2004. This year's NBA Dtaft will be held on November 18th.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
By Spyder Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 11/11/2020 5:50 PM

For those with a rooting interest, a lot of eyes will be on the NBA Draft, which is set to take place on November 18 at the ESPN's facilities in Bristol, Connecticut.
One set of those eyes and certainly someone with a rooting interest is John A. Logan men's basketball head coach Kyle Smithpeters, as the Harrisburg native looks to send his All-American Jay Scrubb to The League.
Smithpeters said the excitement has set in for his program as the draft day gets closer, but also for the player that Scrubb has become in his two years at JALC.
"As teams have had more time to dissect Jay as a player and as a person, they are very much liking what they are seeing," Smithpeters said. Jay came in to see the guys right before school started and when my wife and I took him back to the airport, one of the first things she said was just how much he has matured in the little bit of time he has been away. He was here for two years, you see him and now he's in a business where you have to be mature and handle things and that was good to see, not just the progress he has made basketball wise, but even as a young adult."
Scrubb was this past season's NJCAA National Player Of The Year and GRAC Player Of The Year. The Louisville native had committed to his hometown Cardinals, before declaring for the NBA draft back in March.
Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, tweeted on November 4th that Scrubb had completed workouts with the Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers and Detroit Pistons, adding "One of the most athletic players in the draft, Scrubb brings a very lethal skillset to any NBA offense and defense."
Recently, Bryan Kalbrosky, who writes for USA Today's Rookie Wire website, had Scrubb going 45th to the Portland Trail Blazers.
In the article, Kalbrosky says: The Portland Trail Blazers finished with the worst bench scoring mark in the NBA last season. Arguably the biggest sleeper in this class is Jay Scrubb, a left-handed combo guard from John A. Logan College in Illinois who was the top player in the judo ranks last season.
Kalbrosky continued: According to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to USA TODAY Sports Media Group on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, Scrubb had his second interview with the organization earlier this week (October 18-24).
As one NBA scout told Rookie Wire: He fits their profile. He's this year's Anfernee Simons.
"The one thing that I can tell you from being involved in college basketball on this side of things is that nothing is ever for certain, but what I have been hearing from a lot of NBA Executives and scouts is that he is trending in a very good direction."
Scrubb -- if drafted -- will become the first JUCO player since Southeastern Illinois College's Donta Smith in 2004. Smith was taken in the second round with the 34th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.
Smithpeters added Scrubb being the first JUCO player since Smith to be drafted certainly adds to his allure.
""This is something that doesn't happen very often and especially people in the area that got to see Jay, saw how much different he was than everybody else. Jay has a chance to be very successful and have a long lasting career."
This past season, Scrubb averaged 21.9 points per game and shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.
Earlier in March, Smithpeters noted nearly every NBA team has been at Logan to get a up-close look at Scrubb, including the Pistons, Pacers and Bulls. One Instagram account @officialstockrisers commented, "the Utah Jazz 'loved' him in a workout."
Smithpeters admits that has cliche as it might sound, he's as happy as one of his players going on to a four-year university as he is about Scrubb being selected in the draft, but also acknowledges the work put in for either to happen.
"He did the work," Smithpeters exclaimed. "We put the workouts in and he did the work. We could easily take some credit for that, but that's not for me to take. Jay is the one that came in here and got the work done. We told him what our plan was across the two years and he is the one that accepted that challenge. I'm glad he did, but he is the one that put in the extra work on top of what we asked him to do.
"We kinda give this generation a hard time about not doing things right. There are plenty of kids that want to do things right, it's just a matter of what their standard is and honestly, what standard we set for them. We've been very successful, regardless of talent, finding out type of kid here that wants to be successful and do things the right way. There are always going to be bumps in the road, but doing the small things like, being on time, being early, get the work in, give your best effort, those type of things."

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.