Jeff Xavier, a 6'1, 160 pound two guard from Pawtucket, RI is coming home. Finally.
When Corey Lowe decided to seek a release from his letter of intent on Monday, Providence College was afforded a little more flexibility with their scholarship situation.
At the same time, Jeff Xavier, a sophomore at Manhattan College was expressing a desire to seek transfer options after head coach Bobby Gonzalez left the Jaspers to take over the job at Seton Hall. Xavier needed permission to talk to other schools and Manhattan granted that permission on Wednesday.
Xavier, who starred for St. Raphael's Academy in Pawtucket, where he averaged 28 ppg as a junior and 26 ppg as a senior, received no scholarship offers from high majors coming out of high school. Despite impressive statistics, Xavier was deemed too small by the majors and hadn't really tested himself at a high level in AAU ball. He dreamed of playing for the Friars, but PC wanted him to prep a year to build up his body.
Not wanting to wait, Xavier jumped at a chance to play for Gonzalez at Manhattan. After a decent freshman season, where he averaged 7.8 ppg, Xavier exploded as a sophomore, averaging 16.6 points per game, nailing 77 three pointers, grabbing 70 steals and shooting 80% from the free throw line. Included in his season was an impressive 31 point performance against Maryland.
Once the Friars had permission to speak to him, PC jumped at the chance to bring Xavier home. Although Xavier can't sign with PC until he receives a release from Manhattan - something that won't happen until the Jaspers name a new coach. While he'll have to sit out the next season, Xavier will become eligible in 2007-08 and have two seasons remaining. He'll compete immediately for a role in the backcourt.
And as far as going anywhere else?
Like Xavier told the Providence Journal, "I've always dreamed of playing for Providence."
Now he'll get that chance.
Xavier Comes Home
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