Xavier adds offensive firepower

Even with their high level of success, Xavier hasn't shot the three very well recently. That should be changing in the coming years.

In his four years as the head coach at Xavier, Chris Mack has had a lot of success. However in his time on the sidelines one thing that his teams haven't done very proficiently is shoot the three. Now however that could be changing.

Never under Mack has Xavier finished in the top half of the nation in terms of points coming from threes. And only one time have the Musketeers finished in the top 275 in that category. However that looks like it will be changing, and in a big way.

Xavier did lose three point marksmen Brad Redford to graduation following the 2012-13 season, but a lot of shooters seem to be making their way. Redshirt freshman Myles Davis was arguably the top long range shooter in the class of 2012, and he will now be eligible, but that is just the beginning.

On Monday the Musketeers added a pledge from wing J.P. Macura. Macura is one the elite shooters in the class of 2014. Joining him is another very good outside shooter in Edmond Sumner. During EYBL play Sumner shot 39 percent from deep, and proved to be one of the better outside shooters around.

Add in that Indiana transfer Remy Abell who shot 48.5 percent from three last year for Indiana, granted in limited attempts, and it looks like Xavier will finally be able to spread the court with people very capable of making outside shots.

Now it is likely that star point guard Semaj Christon, who is excellent at attacking off the bounce and getting into the lane, will be gone for the 2014-15 season when all of these shooters become eligible at once, but still this is big for Xavier.

Very few teams will be able to match the sheer size of the Musketeers down low with Matt Stainbrook, Jalen Reynolds, and even reserve James Farr. Stainbrook especially is a very good passer out of the post, and now for the first time the Musketeers will have multiple weapons capable of knocking down shots from deep.

With so much of college basketball coming down to production from beyond the three point line, Xavier has needed to add shooters in a big way and with two members in the 2014 class combined with one transfer, it looks like they have done that.


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