Raymond Makes Commitment

It's all over. Toledo St. John's junior wing B.J. Raymond is off the board. The Class of 2005 standout committed on Monday.

On Monday, the Xavier Musketeers were rewarded for their diligence. Thad Mata's bunch scored a commitment from 6-5 wing B.J. Raymond, one of the elite juniors in Ohio.

Last season, Raymond averaged right around 20 points a game at Toledo St. John's. Xavier beat out Dayton and Raymond considered Michigan before making the commitment. In the end, Xavier's commitment to Raymond was the difference.

"They just recruited him so hard," St. John's assistant coach Sean Patterson said. "He knew they wanted him. They saw something in him early and just told him they wanted him since the very beginning."

Xavier also has a nice recent history of developing wing players and that didn't hurt either. "They're recruiting him as a guard," Patterson said. "He wants to play the two in college. He fits that mold with what they've had there with [James] Posey and [Romain] Sato. They've recruited him so long. He wants to play the two and that's what they're going to play him at."

In the past year, Raymond has worked on his outside game. Patterson is rarely surprised when he sees improvement because the Raymond he's known has always been a hard worker.

"I've coached him since the 6th grade. Then he was a 5-10 center. Every year it's developed a little more outside and a little more. He had a plan to do this. He shot 40-some percent from the 3 but he didn't have to shoot much because we had two other Division I prospects on the wing.

"He's such a competitor. He's a perfectionist. No one has to tell him what his weaknesses are, he knows. He works hard and he's a young senior."

Raymond, by the time his high school career ends, will likely become the all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker in school history.

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