2015 Rankings Breakdown: Xavier

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with Xavier targets.

Chris Mack and his staff closed one on of the best classes in school history with the 2014 group. Now they are looking to follow that up with a strong showing in 2015 as well. As would be expected they have targeted some of the best in the country.

A pure point guard might be the top priority for Xavier in the class, and they are after two of the best in Jalen Brunson and Glynn Watson. Brunson fell a few spots in the rankings but still he has the elite basketball IQ, good shot making ability, and excellent feel for the game, he just is limited with size and athleticism. Also from Illinois is Watson, and the Musketeers have really picked things up with him.

Watson slid a few spots in the rankings to No. 52 mostly because he still isn't a reliable jump shooter. That will need to improve in order to get into the top 50, though his ball handling and ability to get into the lane and make plays is still impressive.

Xavier is also after James Bolden who remained a three-star outside the top 100 and four-star Hyron Edwards at the point guard position. Edwards remains in the top 100 at No. 91, though to this point the Musketeers haven't offered.

Even though the Musketeers loaded up on shooters in 2014, a few wings remain on the board. Kyle Ahrens and Marcus Sheffield are two of the major targets. Ahrens moved up from three-star to four-star status and No. 83 overall with a strong start to his year. He can really shoot the ball and also is a very good athlete. Sheffield remains in the top 75 at No. 73, and is one of the best scorers with length in this class that is getting a ton of attention.

At the power forward spot, Xavier has offers out to Raymond Spalding and Esa Ahmad. Both players went from three-star to four-star with their play this season. Spalding has as much physical upside as any player in the country, and that put him into the rankings at No. 75, though improved toughness and motor will be key for him.

Ahmad played his way into the top 100 by getting himself into better shape and also improving on his rebounding. Now Ahmad checks in at No. 92, and is one of the more skilled power forwards in the class.

Two other interior targets would be Noah Dickerson and Myles Carter. Dickerson moved up in the rankings after re-evaluation and now is No. 49 in the country due to his savvy on the low block, great feet, and excellent hands. Carter remained a three-star and is a raw big who can block shots.

One of the top targets Xavier is after would be K.J. Walton. A shooting guard who can also play some point, Walton remained a four-star and is now No. 80 in the country. Walton has improved his shooting some which is good, but still his game is going to the rim and drawing fouls. The next step for Walton is showing a consistent high-motor.

Nothing has happened early for Xavier in this class, and with a big 2014 class in front there isn't likely to be early commitments, but the staff is still after some of the top prospects in the class.


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