Jay Scrubb is an under-the-radar draft target for the Minnesota Timberwolves

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While not yet a household name, Jay Scrubb has made noise in college basketball this year and could be an option for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Draft.

Jay Scrubb is one of the best junior college basketball players in recent memory and has already made enough noise to be a valid draft prospect, despite never playing in Division-I.

Currently, Jay Scrubb has committed to go play at the University of Louisville. However, he is testing the waters for the 2020 draft, declaring without hiring an agent.

If he does stay in the draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves seem to be as good of a home as any for him. He’s consistently being mocked between the late first round and early second round. As it stands, the Wolves hold the No. 33 pick in this year’s draft in addition to their high lottery pick and the Nets’ pick, which is currently No. 16.

When Gerrson Rosas took over, the Wolves largely cleared house. He let most of the veterans walk in free agency and then signed flier-type deals for guys that were more under the radar, including Noah Vonleh and Jordan Bell, who needed a change of scenery and a chance in the league. He also brought in undrafted free agents Jordan McLaughlin, Kelan Martin and Naz Reid who figure to be key backups behind their top-line players.

Rosas followed suit with this notion at the trade deadline by trading Minnesota’s second-best player, Robert Covington, for a handful of players that had never had roles like Minnesota would ask them to play. It appears to have paid off, as Malik Beasley is now the third-most important player in Minnesota, and Juancho Hernangomez could be an important starter or high-end bench piece for the future.

That brings us back to Jay Scrubb.

It would make sense that Rosas would look from the unlikely place of John A. Logan College to find a guy that could be an interesting gamble for what will likely be the modest risk of a second-round pick.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the shooting guard prospect.