2014 Rankings Report: Xavier

Here is a look at where the Xavier Musketeers commitments come in, in the final 2014 rankings, and why they are ranked where they are.

The class of 2014 is one that Chris Mack and his staff worked very hard to land. The five man group is easily the most highly touted in the history of the program, and boasts four different four-star prospects.

Leading the way for Xavier is four-star prospect Trevon Bluiett. Bluiett went up from No. 41 to No. 30 in the rankings on the strength of a big time senior season in which he led the state of Indiana in scoring. Bluiett then followed it up with an impressive week at the Derby Classic in Louisville.

Bluiett is one of the elite shooters in the class, and has done a good job of transforming his body over the past couple of years, and that has led to increased quickness and improved athleticism. Still he does have some physical limitations, and that kept him from five-star status, but given the year he had, a bump up in the rankings seemed appropriate.

Making his way from three-star status to four-star status was Edmond Sumner. Sumner grew to be around 6-foot-4, and after evaluating tape it was determined that he needed to be moved into the top 100. Always known as a very capable outside shooter, Sumner shows a dynamic first step and also increased athleticism.

Those factors make him someone with a ton of upside and potential, though clearly he needs to improve his strength and also his decision making as a point guard. For now we felt Sumner was best off the ball as opposed to as a floor general, so that limited his ranking some as well, but there is no doubt he is a high potential kid.

Two other Musketeer commitments rate at the four-star level. J.P. Macura checks in at No. 98, while Makinde London is just outside of the top 100. Macura had a very good senior season leading his team to a state title, while London played a role on the best high school team in the country.

With Macura he is a solid athlete and an elite shooter, but he still needs to improve his consistent effort on defense as well as his ability to attack off the bounce. London dropped out of the top 100 because of inconsistent production and concerns over his physical toughness, but there is no doubt he is a high level athlete with big time skill. In terms of upside London is very high, but he must add more consistency to his game.

There wasn't much of a change with Sean O'Mara who had a solid senior season. He stayed at No. 25 in the rankings at the center position. A physical and skilled post player, O'Mara had a strong senior year, but athletically is limited on the low block.

Overall this is a potential program building class for Mack and his staff. Bluiett has major star potential right away, and there are some high upside kids combined with players like O'Mara who should be solid from day one through their entire career.

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