McKenzie picks Xavier

The news out of Griffin McKenzie's Wednesday news conference wasn't good for Wildcat fans. The 6-9 forward, who had Northwestern on his short-list, announced that he has opted to stay close to his Cinci home and play ball at Xavier.

Griffin McKenzie, a 6-9 power forward, confirmed in a text message to Purple Reign that he has committed to Xavier. McKenzie, who is from Cincinnati, was one of Northwestern's top targets from the 2010 class.

While he had upward of 15 offers, McKenzie told Purple Reign a few weeks ago that the Wildcats were still a serious contender for his services. The 220-pounder took a visit to Northwestern a few weeks ago and gushed about Chi-Town and NU.

Alas, the three-star prospect committed to his hometown Musketeers.

McKenzie visited Wake Forest last week and was slated to stop by Vanderbilt this weekend. Apparently, though, that wasn't necessary. He also had offers from Cincinnati, Tennessee and Harvard.

When Purple Reign talked with McKenzie after his visit to NU, he said that he thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

"It went great," McKenzie said. "I got to see everything from the campus to downtown Chicago. I got to hang out with the players, meet academic advisers, I got to watch film with coach Carmody, met coaching staff that I hadn't met before….

"I had never been to Chicago before. I love the big city. That was the first thing they showed me. We went downtown and ate there. We saw the Hancock building, I got to see what Chicago has to offer. I think I would love Chicago. I think it would be a great experience, going to school so close to there."

It will be interesting to see if Northwestern offers anyone else in the wake of McKenzie's decision. Purple Reign will keep you apprised of any news on that front.

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