Video: 2017 guard Paul Scruggs at Indiana Junior All Stars exhibition

  • 06/08/2016 8:04 pm in

Class of 2017 Southport guard Paul Scruggs was in action on Tuesday night as the Indiana Junior All-Stars fell to the Indiana All-Stars, 118-96, at Bloomington South.

Scruggs finished with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 22 minutes. He also added nine assists, eight rebounds, a steal and committed four turnovers.

We’ve compiled video from his performance on Tuesday, which is available below:

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  • Justin Beard

    Just being a critic, I can’t say I love the shot selection a few times, but his quickness and offensive threats are very promising. Good to see that transition D too.

  • 4 TOs in 22 minutes. Yikes!

  • Yeah, but against 9 assists. So he was obviously flinging it around. 🙂

  • Arch Puddington

    He forced quite a few shots, but:

    a) There was very little team play from either side, and neither side shot well from outside, so the game devolved into a long series of forced drives and sloppy fast breaks, and
    b) The juniors in particular had little offense. They were 7-33 from the 3 point line, and other than Scruggs, the only players who were much of a threat were Sasha Stefanovic and Kris Wilkes. And Wilkes only scored two in the first half, so even he was of no help for part of the game.

    Bottom line: Scruggs’ forced shots were not as awful as you might guess. More necessity than anything. Give him a properly spaced court, effective shooters to kick to, and scheme to work with, and he could be really, really good.

  • TomJameson

    There you go, I fixed it for you … at least to how I read it. 🙂

    … get him to IU, and he could be really, really good.

  • plane1972

    Three words: All…Star…Game…

    Won’t see his best attributes highlighted in a game like this.

  • Arch Puddington

    Excellent edit! I know it’s a long shot, but put give us both Scruggs and Wilkes, and look out…..

  • Arch Puddington

    It was just the nature of the game. No offensive scheme to speak of, just a lot of dribbling and one-on-one play. And the seniors completely dominated the paint, not just in the sense of traditional back-to-the-basket post play, but shot blocking, rebounding, loose balls, finishing on offense, everthing. The junior bigs had no presence to speak of, and other than Stefanovic, the guards could not shoot. It was a sloppy game all around, and there were times when Scruggs was the only offensive threat the juniors had on the floor. It’s something for him to work on, but in context did not look quite as bad as it does on a stat line.

  • Fivelefts

    I’ve said this before, and I know that I am in the minority, in my opinion.. But my eyes are not impressed with Scruggs.. For as highly as he is rated, I am never impressed when I watch him. I think he has good HS size at guard.. but his handle is weak and he doesn’t have a reliable jumpshot..ijs I’m more impressed with DG and Cujo, as far as my eye test goes..IMO

  • SCHoosier

    His shot needs work..but with that size and ability..he’d be a “get”.


    Obviously catching up on my ITH reading, but thanks for the, as usual, knowledgeable onsite observations. Always look forward to your take when you attend and analyze.