Indiana remains heavily involved with 2017 guard Paul Scruggs

  • 05/01/2015 8:32 am in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2017 Southport guard Paul Scruggs, who landed a scholarship offer from Indiana in July of 2013, remains a recruiting focus for the Hoosiers.

It’s not hard to see why.

As a sophomore at Southport, Scruggs helped lead the Cardinals to a 23-3 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state for much of the season. He averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists and was named to the MaxPreps 2014-2015 sophomore All-American team.

The spring AAU circuit is now underway and Scruggs continues to shine with the Under Armour sponsored Indy Hoosiers team that also features Kris Wilkes, a five-star prospect from North Central.

The 6-foot-3 Scruggs is capable of playing both guard spots, but sees himself as a point guard at the next level.

“I don’t think I’ll grow any more (height wise),” he told Inside the Hall. “I’ve got the ball handling skills and I can facilitate on the floor.”

Recruiting interest continues to pick up for Scruggs. He picked up a scholarship offer earlier this week from Illinois and also has offers from Kansas, Purdue and Xavier.

The No. 25 prospect nationally in his class, according to the 247Composite, Scruggs was a frequent visitor to Bloomington this past season to watch Indiana. The Assembly Hall atmosphere is one he says he enjoys.

“I went to a lot of IU games,” he said. “I just like how the place is hype. They let their point guards go at will.”

After a disappointing season-ending loss in the sectional to Pike for the second straight year, Scruggs has a deeper state tournament run on his mind for his junior season.

The Cardinals will also return big man Joey Brunk, another IU recruiting target who will be a senior. The 49-48 loss to Pike back on March 7 is something Scruggs says he still thinks about and will use as motivation as he prepares for his junior season.

“I think about it every day. It motivates me to get better,” he explained. “We turned over the ball too much and our shots weren’t falling.

“It was a learning experience for us. The first year, we still had to get our chemistry down. My second year, we still had a little chemistry that we had to get, but I think we did better.”

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  • CreamandCrimson

    I certainly hope we remain heavily involved with him…he’s well worth it. I’ve watched a lot of high school basketball over the past decade (I’m no expert but I “played”/was on the roster at Lawrence North in the mid-2000s and still enjoy following the programs and coaches I know from that time) and Paul Scruggs is one of the guys I have most enjoyed watching play during that time frame. He’s a tremendous talent that makes each of his teammates better.

    I have no clue how good he’ll end up being but I am pretty confident that he’ll be a good point guard in college and that the guys he plays with will be improved by his presence on the floor. There’s a lot of talent in the state in 2016 and 2017 but I were choosing only one (and I certainly hope we get more than one in-state guy from these classes) to come to IU, I’m choosing Paul Scruggs.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    C’mon Crean, lock this state down and nab the local stars in 2016 and 2017!

  • SCHoosier

    IMO Scruggs should be a primary target for the Hoosiers. It will take some deft personnel management by TC to accommodate Yogi’s departure..the recruitment of somebody like Alkins, have Rob ready to run the point when needed and still get Scruggs to commit. Guess that’s why Coach gets the big bucks!! I see where Brunk is taking a visit to OK…now that is a surprise…like why?

  • Gregory Spera

    “They let their point guards go at will.”

    Yes. Yes, they do.

  • marcusgresham

    As great as it’s been for IU to have had Yogi Ferrell, I really like the thought of bigger guards. It just opens up so many different opportunities—it’s easier to pass or shoot over the defense; there’s an option of posting up the opponent’s guards if they’re smaller; taller people usually have longer arms and are harder to pass over/around (increased chances of a press.)

  • Robert Golden

    Scruggs likes winning.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • dwdkc

    good perspective for those of us older and out of state, thanks

  • marcusgresham

    Glad he likes winning. Now I hope he likes what Ken Nunn likes.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I want Scruggs, I want Wilkes, I want Gunn. I also want a pony.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Another thing: this might be the best Joey Brunk highlight video I’ve seen…

  • Robert Golden

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he selected KY. That’s what I meant.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • N71

    See,,, or and present a groupon for an additional 5% off. Ponies are awesome, good listeners, and don’t require too much space.

  • Bill Graham

    I’m not really fascinated or intrigued in this kid like I am with some Rawle Alkins highlights but the bottom line is he is a good player and hes from Indiana. He’ll get stronger and hopefully develop more explosiveness and perimeter consistency but heck he’s an Indiana kid. So lets go after him early while we can. Also by recruiting him we just ‘happen’ to be watching Joey Brunk too. (obviously Brunk’s the bigger (pun intended) priority.

  • Hawk4

    Can anyone name the other IU recruit in the picture?

    …#3 Bryce Moore signed with Western Michigan.