The Clippers have taken Jayden Scrubb with the 57th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Scrubb is a sophomore wing from John A. Logan University who averaged 21.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in his last year of play. Widely considered one of the best guards at the junior college (JUCO) level, Scrubb was awarded a scholarship transfer to Louisville late in 2019 but ultimately deferred to go the NBA Draft.
Scrubb is a large wing at 6’6 with a pretty complete scoring package. He can get to the line (7.5 attempts per game), hit from midrange, and score around the basket. He shot 39.5% from three on around 4 attempts per game, which isn’t super high-volume, but shows some promise. Defensively, despite his size, Scrubb posted mediocre steal numbers at the JUCO level, though he did block a lot of shots. He does seem to possess NBA-caliber athleticism, which is a plus, especially considering his size.
The main issue with Scrubb will be whether he can adjust to NBA-level athleticism. He was able to score and bully his way to the basket at the JUCO level, but could he have done at the D-1 level, much less in the NBA? We will need to see, but his scoring and physical profile are promising.
There were other players available at 57 I would have taken over Scrubb (Nate Hinton, Sam Merrill, and Devon Dotson come to mind), but Scrubb seems like a solid pick. After reaching horribly for Daniel Oturu at 33, the Clippers were able to improve their overall 2020 NBA Draft outcome a bit with the Jayden Scrubb selection.