Chris Mack and Xavier are looking to bring in a big 2017 class. With scholarships to give and a lot of playing time to offer the Musketeers have cast a wide net in 2017. One of the major needs on their roster is shooting, and the Musketeers filled that on Wednesday night with the pledge of forward Jared Ridder.
“When I took my visit it really felt like home,” Ridder told Scout. “I loved all the coaches. I loved the campus and I love the way they play and their player development. I loved everything about it.”
Ridder visited the Musketeers on Tuesday. He said his relationship with Mack was among the reasons he opted for Xavier.
“It’s awesome,” he said of his bond with his future head coach. “Coach Mack was one of the first coaches to come down to see me in June. We just kept building our relationship from there. On the visit he kept growing on me and so did the whole coaching staff.”
Ridder recently added offers from Oklahoma State and Iowa State to go along with an offer from Arkansas. He also considered Missouri State and Northern Iowa.
In the spring, Ridder, who ran with MoKan Elite on the spring circuit, has proven himself as a long distance threat and is shooting 43-percent from three in the Nike EYBL.
“They talked to me about how versatile I am and that anyone that rebounds can bring it up the floor and spot and shoot, which is one of my biggest attributes,” he said.
This is the first commitment for the Musketeers in a class that might number five or six. Ridder has the versatility to play either power forward or small forward.