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Jay Scrubb declares for the NBA draft

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- John A. Logan's Jay Scrubb declares for the NBA draft.

The Logan sophomore made the announcement Wednesday. Scrubb hasn't hired an agent, so going to the University of Louisville, is still not out of the question.

Scrubb a 6'6" guard averaged nearly 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assissts a game for the Vols.

The All-American knocked down 50 percent of his shots and 72 percent from the foul line.

He led the Vols to an 18-0 record in conference play and to their first national tournament bid since 2015.

We caught up with his Coach Kyle Smithpeters to get a better take on Scrubbs decision.

"Anytime you see a kid put in time and effort, you are extremely happy when some of that process can start to become true," John A. Logan Men's Basketball Coach Kyle Smithpeters said. "Any kid that has played college basketball always has a dream of playing beyond college basketball, Jay has that ability. Time will tell when that will be, but extremely happy for how hard he has worked, how much he has matured, the growth you've seen as a person and this opportunity in front of him will give him a lot of knowledge about himself moving forward, what needs to be worked on and what is good from a physical perspective as well as interaction with top level NBA GMs in the interviews. I think it will all be good for a 19 year old young man to get to experience whether he decides to stay in or go back to Louisville. All of this will be a lot of information for him to grasp onto and be good for him moving forward."

Is he an NBA player?

"These guys get paid a lot of money. It's a billion dollar organization. They know and are really good at deciding these things and obviously I'm around basketball very often but at a different level. Anyone who saw Jay Scrubb play this year, knows he's different than everyone else in a lot of areas. He's only 19 years old, he turned 19 in September, most of these NBA scouts, the GMs that have been in, projecting him at the age of 23, 24 what will he be when he's 23, 24 so there is a lot of water to run under that bridge. I have a biased opinion myself, what I feel but I feel Jay's maturity, ability to make rational decisions has increased greatly and this process can only help that. There's a lot of things, seeing Jay out at the USA trials, I watched him compete with some of the best. NBA, Nike Academy with Cole Anthony, competing with some of the best and he's one of the youngest guys out there and he can hold his own. There is a lot of room for Jay to get better which is a great thing to see, his ceiling still hasn't been reached and that is the exciting part to me is that this point of his career getting discussed in an NBA draft and he still hasn't reached what his potential is."

Jason Hurst

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