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Elite guard Paul Scruggs from Prolific Prep picks Xavier

Southport guard Paul Scruggs is the latest Indiana product to take the prep school route. (Photo: Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar)

Paul Scruggs will play his senior year at Prolific Prep in California.
(Photo: Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar)

Xavier’s men’s basketball program added to its nationally ranked 2017 recruiting class Friday with Paul Scruggs’ commitment to the program.

Scruggs took to social media to announce his decision. Just four days after telling people to “stay tuned” for his pick, Scruggs revealed it on Twitter.

Wrote Scruggs: “I am blessed to say that I am committed to Xavier University. #Xmarksthespot”

Reached later by phone, the 6-foot-3, 196-pound shooting guard said he picked Xavier over Indiana, Connecticut and Michigan State. He cited his relationships with coach Chris Mack and associate head coach Travis Steele as some of his decision-making factors.

Scruggs also liked how he would fit in with the team.

“The 2017 class will be a good class, and that got me excited,” Scruggs said.

Scruggs joins Kentrevious Jones, Jared Ridder, Elias Hardin and Naji Marshall in a class rated No. 8 nationally by He’s the most heralded individual of the group, ranking No. 28 in’s Top 100 for his class.

Recruiting Insider Jeff Borzello said Scruggs is the highest-ranked player to commit to Xavier since ESPN’s recruiting database started in 2007.

Scruggs said his strengths include rebounding, attacking the rim and finding his teammates. He’s working this year on his pull-up jump shot and 3-point shooting.

The Indiana native played his first three years of high school ball at Indianapolis Southport and now is at Prolific Prep in California. He’s rated a four-star recruit by, and

His decision generated a great deal of reaction from well-wishers and fans on Twitter.

“When I said I am blessed and officially committed, my timeline blew up,” Scruggs said. “I had to turn off my phone because it froze up from all the notifications.”


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