Silas Has Buffs at ‘Top of His List'

Brewster Academy senior Xavier Silas plans a visit to Boulder this weekend. How close is the shooting guard to making a decision on where he wants to play college basketball? Find out inside.

Xavier Silas and his parents are scheduled to be in Boulder this weekend to check out the university during Silas' official recruiting visit. Silas graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, earlier this year, but decided to attend a prep school, the basketball powerhouse Brewster Academy in Hew Hampshire, rather than enroll in college this fall. Silas won't turn 18 until January.

"We wanted him to develop a little more and at least be 18 when he goes to college," his father, James Silas, a 10-year ABA/NBA veteran, told BSN this week.

At Stephen F. Austin High, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Xavier averaged 24 points per game as a senior. Colorado assistant coach John Anderson developed a relationship with Xavier over the summer. Xavier has an offer from Colorado, and according to James Silas, Xavier is leaning strongly toward committing to the Buffs.

"A lot of coaches are trying to get him, but Colorado is at the top of his list right now," James Silas said. "He's feeling really strong about Colorado, just from the relationship he has with coach (John) Anderson. And Coach (Ricardo) Patton has been to visit."

According to the elder Silas, Xavier has drawn strong interest from Boston University, California, Nebraska, Rice, SMU and Stanford. James Silas said Xavier plans to sign a Letter of Intent during the early signing period, which is Nov. 9-16.

"I hope when Xavier visits Colorado, he likes what he sees," James Silas said.

Brewster head coach Jason Smith calls Xavier a "throwback" player.

"He has a very high basketball IQ," Smith said. "What separates him probably from his peers is his mid-range game. It's kind of a lost art these days. A lot of times kids are focused on their athleticism or they just want to shoot the three ball. And Xavier is somebody who has a great mid-range game and an understanding of how to play the game of basketball."

Xavier was one of those "under the radar" players in high school. But he began to bloom and draw interest from college programs on the AAU circuit. Interestingly, James Silas went a little bit under the radar in college before parlaying a career at then-NAIA college Stephen F. Austin into a stellar professional career.

James Silas enjoyed a 10-year career in the ABA and NBA, with the San Antonio Spurs. He was a two-time ABA All-Star, and in 1976, Silas averaged 23.8 points per game and 5.4 assists.

As a 6-2 point guard, James Silas' job was to get the ball to the likes of Larry Kenon, Billy Paultz and George Gervin, but Silas earned a reputation for being able to turn it on offensively in the fourth quarter when needed. At one point, Silas earned the nickname "Captain Late" for his fourth quarter heroics.

He's mentored his son on the court, and has this to say about Xavier's game: "He's a two guard, but he has the ballhandling skill of a one. He works real hard. He's a very smart kid, and he makes people around him better."

Xavier will have a lot of good ballplayers around him to make better at Brewster this season, as the Academy is absolutely loaded. (See story link for this year's Brewster team at bottom of page). According to Smith, one of Silas' teammates, Mike Freeman, is also interested in Colorado, after Ricardo Patton visited the school earlier this month.

Freeman, a 6-foot-7 power forward, originally signed with USC last year but was let out of his Letter of Intent after Trojans' coach Henry Bibby was fired last fall.

"Mike Freeman is a very skilled forward," Smith said. "He's definitely interested in Colorado, as well. But he's waiting to get a little more information and do some research on Colorado."

Brewster starts practice the first Saturday in November. The team's first big test is the National Prep Showcase Tip-off in Rhode Island Nov. 19-20.

Xavier Silas could go into that tournament with his college recruiting process already behind him.

"If Xavier likes what he sees (in Boulder), we want to go ahead and get it done," James Silas said.

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