Native Texan Picks Big 12

Xavier Silas, a shooting guard out of San Antonio, is headed to play in the Big 12. Silas, the son of a former ABA standout, reached his decision this week.

Xavier Silas headed to Brewster Academy and as a result, pumped up his collegiate recruitment. This week, following an official visit, Silas picked the Colorado Buffaloes after listening to pitches from Providence, Nebraska, California, Rice and SMU.

Silas, a 6-foot-4 guard, said he leaned on his father and his wealth of basketball knowledge to help him make a decision. "We made the decision together," Xavier said. "I didn't make the decision without him. I listen to him for everything. He said that he had a real good relationship with the coach and that the coach had a good plan for me. He liked everything about the city of Boulder."

During his brief time at Brewster, Coach Jason Smith has been impressed with Silas' overall approach to the game.

"What I've been impressed with is his understanding," Smith said. "He doesn't force the issue and he's got a pretty high basketball IQ. His mid-range game has really stood out. He's a kid that uses shoot fakes and escape dribbles and pulls up from 15 feet to knock it down."

The Buffaloes, owners of commitments from Dale VanWright, Dwight Thorne and Jeremy Williams, have strung together a nice four-man class. The Buffaloes are using the playing time carrot to get it done with recruits this season.

"The opportunity that they put in front of me. I have a chance to come in and play as a freshman and that's a great opportunity."


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