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Xavier has landed top priority guard Paul Scruggs

Xavier and Chris Mack got the news they were looking for on Friday evening when No. 31 overall prospect Paul Scruggs picked the Musketeers adding to their dynamic class.

The Xavier Musketeers got the news they have been waiting a long time for on Friday afternoon. Four-star combo guard Paul Scruggs announced his commitment to Xavier over offers from Michigan State, Indiana, and Connecticut.

“I would like to thank all of the schools that recruited me said," said Scruggs. "This was a very tough decision and I had some great options to chose from, but i have decided I will attend Xavier University."

Scruggs, who is rated as the No. 31 prospect in the country, has seemingly been leaning to Xavier since the middle of the summer. He made official visits to Xavier and Connecticut as well as an unofficial visit to Indiana following the summer.

Now however Scruggs has made his intentions official, and he is headed to Xavier. In the end it was the fit and opportunity that Xavier provided that made the difference for Scruggs.

“Xavier just plays my style of play, they like to get up and down set ball screens for their guards," said Scruggs. "Also it is a great school academically and overall it is a good situation for me both academically and with basketball."

The commitment of Scruggs gives Xavier one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, and he is excited about what the group can accomplish.

“It means a lot," said Scruggs of the class he is coming in with. "I know Naji (Marshall) well from AAU. We can build our chemistry together as a group and just perform on the court. I think we are a class that can get to the Final Four or win a national championship."

Now Scruggs says he is focused on getting better at Prolific Prep, and he knows what he needs to do in order to be ready to compete for a starting spot right away once he gets to college.

"My main focus is on improving my jump shot," noted Scruggs. "I have always been able to get to the rim, but I know if I improve my jumper I can do that easier. Also I want to improve my decision making and continue to learn the nuances of playing the point guard position."

Xavier now has five commitments in the 2017 class. Scruggs is joined by fellow top 40 prospect Naji Marshall, as well as four-star Elias Harden, and three-star frontcourt prospects Jared Ridder and Kentrevious Jones.

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