Xavier Inks Four for 2012

Wednesday was a big day for Xavier's coaching staff. Chris Mack and company had four commitments in the class of 2012 sign their National Letter of Intent, and the group is arguably the most talented recruiting class during Mack's tenure.

"I am excited to announce the newest additions to Xavier basketball on the national signing day. A lot of hard work by my coaching staff will bring in four very talented high school seniors," Mack said in a press release.

Semaj Christon, Jalen Reynolds, James Farr and Myles Davis come together to form the four-man class. All four are currently working on their games as postgraduates at prep schools.

Christon and Reynolds are teamed up together, along with plenty of other talented players, at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. While Davis is at Notre Dame Prep Academy and Farr is at Maine Central Institute.

Christon and Reynolds both signed this morning around 10 a.m. as confirmed by their head coach at Brewster, Jason Smith via twitter. After signing Reynolds made clear his excitement for Xavier's future.

"I can't wait to put on an X jersey next year. We have a great class coming in with Semaj, Myles, James and myself. The expectations for next year's freshman class will be high and we intend to live up to those expectations," he said. "I'm ready to show the Xavier Nation what I can do and look forward to stepping on the court at the Cintas Center with a packed house cheering us on. Musketeer Madness was a great experience and it just made me want to be at Xavier that much quicker."

The 6-foot-9, athletic big-man also talked about his improvement not only on the court, but with his studies.

"Brewster and Coach Smith have helped me both in the classroom and on the court," Reynolds said. "I'm staying focused on working hard so I can be an impact guy as a freshman. I feel very fortunate to have a great support staff with my family, coaches back home, Xavier's coaching staff and now here at Brewster. I do not intend to disappoint and can't wait to be throwing up the X symbol in the gym that it is meant for most, next season."

Reynolds had been committed to Xavier since August of 2010. His signing confirmed a long verbal commitment to the school, despite blowing up his senior season and being released from his National Letter of Intent when he reclassified to the 2012 class.

"For Jalen, signing his LOI was simply a formality," Mike Allie, Reynolds' high school coach at Livonia Stevenson, said. "Once he made up his mind that he wanted to become a Musketeer, he never second guessed his decision. Loyalty is one of Jalen's best qualities and he will take care of those people he considers family. The coaching staff at Xavier is family and his teammates are his brothers. Jalen's word is stronger than anything he could put on paper and I have tremendous respect for the way he's handled himself over the past year."

Reynolds' current teammate at Brewster, Christon, was the last member of the 2012 class to commit. He made the call on July 25 after rising from near obscurity midway through his senior year to high-major prospect by the evaluation period.

His arrival could have an immediate impact on Xavier's team. He's already drawing high-praise from his new coaches.

"We've been extremely fortunate to have great point guards over the years at Brewster, but I think that Semaj has the highest upside for any of them," Jason Smith, the head coach at Brewster said. "That includes guys like Naadir Tharpe, Dogus Balbay, and Mark Lyons. He has the elite level speed, quickness, is competitive, can guard, and I think the sky is the limit for him."

Farr was the original member of the class when he committed last April, as Reynolds was a member of the 2011 class at that time. The 6-foot-8, skilled forward flew under the radar until the end of his senior year in Illinois. After enjoying his visit to Xavier, he made the call and has been excited about his decision since. Signing today was clearly a big moment for him.

"To describe it in one word... Surreal," he said about signing. "I don't think it's really hit me yet, but I'm really excited to be a part of the Xavier family and can't wait to be with my new teammates."

Farr's new coach at Maine Central Institute, Dave Campbell, speaks highly about the long forward's upside.

"The best basketball for James is definitely ahead of him. James has tremendous talent and is crafty around the basket but also has the ability to step out and shoot from the outside," he said.

Davis gave his verbal on July 18, just a week before Christon did. He announced on Twitter that he had chose Xavier over Pittsburgh and Georgetown. His commitment gave Xavier's staff an elite level shooter that can be more than just that according to Mack.

"Myles is an excellent shooter and plays the game with extreme confidence," Mack said. "He is more than a shooter and plays the game with a passion."

Davis has already been lighting it up at Notre Dame Prep Academy, averaging 26 points per game through their first three contests, including 39 in their season-opener.

""Myles shoots better than 99 percent of the people in the country," Notre Dame Prep head coach Ryan Hurd said in the press release from Xavier. "I tell our guys if you can get the ball into his hands inside the gym, it's like a layup.

Xavier's four-man class gives Mack and his staff a lot of talent for the next few years, and a reason for the fans to be excited. The class was ranked third for non-BCS programs by Scout, and was listed as an honorable mention class outside the top 25.


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