Jay Scrubb's journey to the NBA hasn't been a long one.
The Louisville, Kentucky native played his prep ball at Trinity High School and enjoyed a stellar two year career at John A. Logan College.
Now, the top-ranked JUCO player in the 2020 class, as well as, Region 24 Player Of The Year for head coach Kyle Smithpeters will be wearing a Los Angeles Clippers jersey.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward and shooting guard was picked in the second round with the 55th pick in Wednesday night's NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets and then sent to L.A.
Smithpeters said the realization of having one of his players having his name called by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum was something that still hasn't sunk in yet.
"Honestly, it was one of those things that it wasn't 'if' it was going to happen, rather 'when' is it going to happen. We all knew Jay was going to get drafted and the one thing I do know is that from Day 1, the Clippers have been someone very interested in Jay. They were very high on him. They are the one team that did their work early."
Originally, Scrubb was selected by Brooklyn at No. 55 overall in the draft. The Clippers, who didn't pick again until No. 57, swapped picks with the Nets to acquire Scrubb.
Again, Smithpeters noted how the Clippers were one of many to see Scrubb work out, but were also one of the few that stayed in contact.
"They were very high on him from the beginning," Smithpeters said late Wednesday night. They have a great G-League system and just overall run a great organization. They know what they are getting and what his potential is. For them to invest that time and money, shows how interested and excited they are about seeing him be successful.
That was one of the most exciting things to me, is Jay being with a franchise that spent a lot of time investing in him, which is very important for him and the future of his career. This should give him a very good foundation moving forward."
Scrubb became the first JUCO player since Southeastern Illinois College's Donta Smith in 2004. Smith was taken in the second round with the 34th pick by the Atlanta Hawks.
Last season, Scrubb averaged 21.9 points per game and shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.