John Groce and the Fighting Illini may soon receive a visit from their top point guard target. According to his AAU team, class-of-2017 guard Paul Scruggs (IN) took an unofficial look at Louisville on Wednesday, and he plans to take additional visits to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, and Xavier.
'17 PG Paul Scruggs to Visit Louisville Today. Will visit MSU, Xavier, IU, ILLINI soon. IN All Star, NBA Top 100 & Steph Curry Camp upcoming— UA Indy Hoosiers (@Indyhoosiersbba) June 1, 2016
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect narrowed his list to Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Xavier last week. Scruggs is the No. 27 overall player and No. 4 point guard in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Scruggs is averaging 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game for the Indy Hoosiers (Under Armour Association) this Spring.
Scouting Report (via Scout.com)
Scruggs is an extremely powerful and aggressive combo guard who attacks the rim on a frequent basis, drawing contact and willing his way to becoming an efficient scorer. He's also a tough defender. He'll need to improve his jump shot as his peers close the gap in strength, but the bottom line is that he's among the most punishing and effective penetrators in the 2017 class.
Strengths: Attack Mode, Strength, Toughness
Weaknesses: 3PT Range, Mid-Range, True Point Guard
Looking for more on Illinois' class-of-2017 recruiting efforts? You can click here to see a list of all the documented scholarship. You can also view an illustration of the program's future rosters right here.