London pulls trigger for Xavier

Makinde London, a four-star prospect out of Tennessee, made his college choice on Wednesday. He's headed to play for Chris Mack at Xavier.

Makinde London felt a connection with Xavier coach Chris Mack and that was enough to get him to pull the trigger on Wednesday.

"We've been close for a while," London explained to "When they first started recruiting me he was the main coach that stayed in contact with me and recruited me. Since then we just kind of clicked. I love him. I met his family and I just felt that instant love and connection with him."

That relationship was one of the main reasons London opted for the Musketeers over strong interest from VCU, Miami and Mississippi State, but London also said he developed a strong bond with the entire coaching staff.

"Really I feel like they have everything I need basketball and more," London said. "I feel like they can help me accomplish all my goals and be ready for the next level after my time there."

"Also not just on the court, but business wise I can make good relationships and it can help set me up for life," he added. "I love the connection I have with coach Mack and really the whole coaching staff. I feel good about the situation and I was just ready to get it done."

When did London, who took an official visit to Xavier the weekend of September 14th, realize Xavier was the place for him?

"It was really when I went on my visit and I got home," he said. "I thought about it, I just started feeling that feeling. It was just up in the air between VCU and Xavier. Once VCU took a couple more players, I kind of started to understand and it gave me more of a reason to think Xavier was the place for me. I just thought that was the best situation."

At 6-foot-9, London, who played for D13 Elite on the summer circuit, has a unique skill set. He's able to step away from the basket and make shots. He's skilled for his size and is equipped with an impressive set of hands. He believes his style will translate well at Xavier.

"No time is guaranteed," he said. "I'm going to have to come in and work. I feel like I'm going to have a tremendous amount of opportunity. I hope I can impact the team and make a big difference. I think I'll be playing the stretch four position and I'll add versatility to the team."

A four-star prospect, London ranks No. 71 overall in the 2014 class. He joins four-star recruit J.P. Macura and three-star guard Edmond Sumner to make up Xavier's current recruiting class.

London, a native of Tennessee, is finishing his high school career at Montverde (Fla.) Academy.

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