Jones fills key need for Xavier

Xavier landed a key recruit with the addition of power forward Tyrique Jones.

The Xavier Musketeers got their 2016 class started off with a key piece to the puzzle on Monday afternoon. Power forward Tyrique Jones announced his commitment to the Big East School coming off of his official visit. The No. 23 power forward fills a key role for the Musketeers following the season.

With the graduation of senior James Farr and the nearly guaranteed departure of fourth year junior Jalen Reynolds, Xavier was clearly in the market for an athletic big man who could rebound the basketball and play with toughness on the low block.

Over the past few recruiting cycles Xavier has gone for skilled players at the forward position. It begin with wing Trevon Bluiett and stretch power forward Makinde London in the 2014 class and then continued with combo forward Kaiser Gates in the 2015 while.

While Bluiett, London, and Gates were all solid additions for the Musketeers, none of the three are super athletic toughness kids who have their strength on the low block.

Though at times Bluiett slides down to the power forward position to create mismatches, he is mostly going to play on the wing. London is a long and fairly athletic 6-foot-9 player who is best known for his ability to knock down shots from deep as well as handle the ball for his size. Gates is the prototypical inside-outside threat who does a little bit of everything, but again not a big physical player who dominates on the glass.

With Farr and Reynolds, who are arguably the two best rebounders in the conference, set to leave, Xavier absolutely had to add to their depth in that area and they did just that with Jones.

Playing in the EYBL with Expressions Elite, Jones averaged a very impressive 7.1 rebounds per game. He does so with big time energy, long arms, high level athleticism, and impressive strength.

With his college ready skillset, Jones is someone who should be able to compete for early playing time, and is someone who could even challenge for a starting spot his freshman season.

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