Indianapolis Southport 2017 guard Paul Scruggs is a top Louisville target; U of L staff tells him he's the 'perfect fit' for Pitino system

Indianapolis Southport guard Paul Scruggs is one of the top 2017 targets for the University of Louisville basketball staff. Scruggs updates his recruitment and talks about the message he's getting from the Cardinals' staff.

The University of Louisville basketball staff needs a top-level guard in the Class of 2017. The Cardinals are after a bunch of prospects to try and fill that spot, including Indianapolis Southport guard Paul Scruggs.

The 6-foot-4 Scruggs, who U of L coach Rick Pitino watched twice during his high school season, said he likes the message he's been hearing from Cardinals' assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

"He says I am the perfect fit for them," Scruggs said. "It's a guard-oriented team and they let their guards go.

"(Johnson) says it's really about what I can do on both ends of the floor."

Louisville has been on Scruggs for a long time and joins Michigan State, Indiana, Xavier, Illinois and Purdue as the schools that have offered Scruggs. He said those schools are "showing the most" interest this spring.

Scruggs, who will make an unofficial visit to Michigan State soon, is averaging 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.1 steals and just 2.5 turnovers a game for the Indy Hoosiers through two Under Armour Association events this spring.

"I enjoy every bit of (the recruiting process)," Scruggs said. "There's only a limited amount of players that get to have this enjoyment with the recruiting process, so I do try and enjoy it."

Scruggs is ranked as the No. 28 prospect in the Class of 2017 by Scout.com. He's a physical guard who was a first-team All-State selection as a junior at Southport.

"I am getting there," Scruggs said. "I need to work on a few things. I am trying to work on when to push the ball and when to slow it down. When to stop and when to pull up, I need to also work on my jump shot.

"I just need to keep working."


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