Xavier coach Chris Mack landed himself a huge commitment Friday when class of 2017 four-star point guard Paul Scruggs offered up verbal pledge to play for the Musketeers.
Scruggs took to Twitter to make his announcement.
“I am blessed to say that I am committed to Xavier University,” Scruggs said on the social media site.
Scruggs, a 6’4”, 200-pound lead guard from Indianapolis, Indiana (Southport High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 29 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the seventh-best point guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Scruggs as the fourth-best basketball player in the state of Indiana.
He chose the Musketeers over heavy interest from in-state favorite Indiana. Scruggs also held offers from Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State and Ohio State. He also had serious interest from Kentucky, Washington, Purdue and Michigan.
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Scruggs is the highest-rated recruit for Xavier since ESPN’s recruiting database began in 2007.
With some thinking current Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner may jump to the NBA after this season, Scruggs could be poised to make an instant impact next season. Either way you slice it, Xavier will be deep at point guard next season, as Mack is also welcoming in four-star freshman Quentin Goodin this season.
Scruggs will join a stellar 2017 recruiting class that already includes four-star small forward Naji Marshall, four-star shooting guard Elias Harden, three-star small forward Jared Ridder and three-star center Kentrevious Jones. It is a class that 247Sports now ranks as the fourth-best class in the country and tops among Big East teams.