2014 Hotboard

Here's an updated hotboard with Xavier's top prospects for the 2014 class.

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Quick Take: The Musketeers surprised a lot of people when they went into Houston and nabbed this four-star athlete the week of the season-opener. Assistant coach Ashley Howard worked his connections and made a big splash outside of Xavier's usual recruiting grounds by landing the No. 63 player in the 2014 class. Swift is a big-bodied forward that plays above the rim at all chances on both ends of the court. He's at his best when he's running the court in transition, and is always a threat to make the big play on the offensive glass with his athletic ability and high motor. He's also comfortable playing through contact around the basket. Another big bonus that Swift brings on the defensive end, is the ability to protect the rim from the four. It will be really interesting to see how his game develops in terms of his skill level.
Recruiting: Committed to Xavier
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Quick Take: Walker is a big man that continues to rise up the list of prospects in this class. Typical of a lot of big men, Walker is somewhat of a late-bloomer, who is really just starting to come into his own, with his best basketball still ahead of him. He has impressive physical tools, with good athleticism and mobility, which allows him to run the court and play end-to-end. At 6-foot-10, he has legit size, and although he needs to add strength, he has the frame to do so as he continues to fill out. He's pretty quick off the floor, and is a capable shot-blocker. He's a solid rebounder, though he could get even better as he adds strength. If he improves his offensive game with his back to the basket in the post, he could be a big-time scorer with his physical makeup. He currently gets his points mostly off of dump-offs, lobs, stickbacks and transition buckets.
Recruiting: VCU, SMU, Temple, DePaul, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Florida State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Villanova, Notre Dame, George Mason, Pittsburgh, Xavier
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Quick Take: Enechionyia has big-time upside as a 6-foot-9 wing with big-time athleticism and a high skill level. He is blessed with length and athleticism, and uses it to go inside, rebound and finish above the rim, but he can also step out and shoot the 3-pointer with consistency. He burst onto the scene last school year in the DMV area at St. James (MD), and has continued the ascension up college coaches' hotboards ever since. Enechionyia's upside is high with his size, skill and all-around tools. As he continues to develop a killer instinct on the court and becomes more aggressive, the sky is the limit in terms of his potential.
Recruiting: Maryland, Temple, Indiana, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Texas, VCU, Georgetown, Ohio State, Notre Dame, George Mason, Miami, Xavier
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Quick Take: Bentil is a powerful big man with a great motor and competitive nature. He is already well put together physically, though he has the frame to continue to add mass, and he plays above the rim on both ends of the court. He's extremely mobile and fluid running the court, which is where he scores a lot of his baskets currently, by out-running opposing bigs down the court. He is a plus rebounder, that can go and get the ball out his area. The Native of Gauna will need to continue to develop his skill level and his feel, but he already is showing some semblance of a face-up game. He has touch out to the mid-range on his jumper, and he's fairly comfortable putting the ball on the floor. Also a talented soccer player, Bentil has good feet, which should allow him to defend both forward positions in college. He's a physical specimen who plays extremely hard and is very productive. He doesn't seem to be too far along in the recruiting process currently, and right now there's no plan in place for a decision or favorites. Coach Pegues' connections in Delaware have gotten him in early on this one, and Xavier will try to battle it out for the talented forward as the recruiting process moves along.
Recruiting: Rutgers, Cincinnati, Providence, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall, Temple, Penn State, Villanova, NC State, Texas, Notre Dame, La Salle, Delaware, Xavier
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Quick Take: O'Mara is another big man in this class that Xavier is really high on, as they have already extended an offer. There's a lot to like about the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Illinois big man's game. He's got a big body and he's tough for starters, couple that with the fact that he's fairly light on his feet for his size with good hands, and his physical makeup is pretty good. On the offensive end, he's got a diverse back to the basket game, but is comfortable with the ball in his hands and is a skilled passer. He also has the touch to hit a mid-range face-up jumper. He's a strong, tough kid, that doesn't mind physicality, as he also stars as the left tackle on the football team at Benet Academy. There are some bigger programs that have been making a stronger push for O'Mara, and it's only going to get tougher to land his services, but right now Xavier sits in a very good spot in his recruitment, according to sources. The Musketeers made a good impression by offering early, and have been following him around since last spring, including watching his high school team play during the season.
Recruiting: Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Boston College, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Iowa State, Marquette, St. Louis, Virginia, Xavier
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Quick Take: Logwood is a bigger, versatile wing with great athleticism and a huge upside. He's got a motor, a huge vertical and he's tough, which allows him to finish through contact, contribute on the boards and defend multiple positions. Somewhat of a late bloomer, he's developing into a very good scorer as his game and his body continue to fill out. Logwood really had a breakout summer on the AAU circuit while playing with his Eric Gordon All-Stars team, which led to increased interest from college coaches. Since then he's began his first year at La Lumiere, which has allowed him to play with other college prospects and play exclusively on the wing to develop his perimeter skills more. At his previous school, Lawrence North, he was asked to play center with his size and athleticism. He has a decent handle and he's improving his game as a shot-maker. Xavier has really turned up the heat on Logwood, and the Musketeers, along with Indiana State, Michigan State and Auburn are the four schools that he says stand out currently in his recruitment. With the way Logwood's game has developed, more schools are going to continue to show interest, but X sits in a pretty good spot right now.
Recruiting: Auburn, Indiana State, Bradley, Miami, IUPUI, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Creighton, Dayton, VCU, Indiana, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Xavier
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Quick Take: Sumner was one of the more fun players to watch on the AAU circuit this summer if you knew to look for him. He played with one of The Family's 16U AAU teams that was below average, and Sumner himself looked like a middle-schooler if you only saw him walking across the court for pre-game warmups. Sumner was probably just over 6-foot at the time, and is reportedly 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 now. He is a lead guard that is wired to score. He's super slippery with the ball in his hands, shoots it well with range from beyond the arc and is fearless driving to the basket despite his slight frame. He has good hops, and can finish above the rim. His gaunt frame needs to add weight to defend and hold his own on the boards at the major college level, but the Detroit-native has big-time play-making skills, with the ability to create shots for himself and others. He can score it in just about any way on the court, and is only going to get better as he adds strength and mass. Xavier is one of the five schools Sumner has visited so far, along with Kent State, Michigan, Toledo and UMass. He currently says he's planning on waiting it out until after the AAU season is over this year.
Recruiting: Wake Forest, Michigan Michigan State, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Kent State, Toledo, Xavier
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Quick Take: Tillman is another player who really had his coming out party this summer on the AAU circuit. He started really playing well while at Xavier's team camp with his Pershing high school team, and then continued it onto the AAU trail with his Reach Legends 16U squad, the same program from which X pulled Jalen Reynolds. At 6-foot-7, Tillman is long and explosive off the floor. He is a ticking highlight reel, waiting to burst into a posterizing dunk or a massive block, but real progress has also been made with his consistency and development with his back to the basket. He showed that he could score with a few simple moves when he caught the ball on the block, and used his quick feet and hops to score. If he continues to develop his jumper out to the mid-range, and adds muscle mass, Tillman has all types of potential, with the only real anchor to his upside being his height. He is another Michigan guy that Coach Steele has developed a relationship with, and has been up to see multiple times.
Recruiting: DePaul, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee, Xavier
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Quick Take: Garner is a 6-foot-2 smooth-shooting combo guard that has a very complete game. He can really score it, with the ability to shoot out to 3-point range, but he plays unselfish and has a great feel for the game. His handle is tight, and with his feel and decision-making ability he can play the point guard position, though his upside as a scorer will probably keep him off the ball. He's a little thin right now, and could definitely use some extra bulk and strength. However, he's a tough kid and really plays hard on either end of the court. As his strength continues to improve, he has the potential to be a very good defender in college. He had a strong high school season at Roman Catholic High School in Philly, as he was named to the Pennsylvania 4A All-State Second team after averaging 15.7 points per game in his junior campaign. Among some other top competition in the state, Garner went head-to-head with Davon Reed and dropped 17 on the Miami commit. There were a ton of schools interested and linked to his name last summer, but during the winter his head coach Chris McNesby said that St. Joe's, Penn State and Rutgers were the schools most heavily involved.
Recruiting: St. Joseph's, Penn State Rutgers, Florida, Miami, Villanova, Temple, Penn State, Xavier
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Quick Take: Terrell is a very athletic 6-3 guard from Brewster Academy, which has been very friendly to the Musketeers (Lyons, Christon, Reynolds). He has a big-body and uses his size and strength to get to the rim at will. He's a scorer that is still adding to his game, tacking on a nice pull-up jumper and other variations of running jumpers off the dribble, as he develops from a straight-line driver to an all-around scorer. He's also a good defender with his big upper body and quickness. Terell started off the year slow at Brewster, as he recovered from an injury, but found his stride as the season went on and finished strong. Good coaching has already started to improve Terrell's game as his IQ and decision-making are both on the improve. Currently ranked No. 58 in the 2014 class overall, Terrell received the most love from Cincinnati and Miami during the fall and school year, but he's had some serious interest from plenty of high-majors. The Musketeers just recently offered in the middle of March, and will be following the four-star guard around this spring and summer.
Recruiting: UConn, Miami, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Boston College, St. John's, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Temple, Rutgers, Providence, Penn State, Iowa State, Xavier
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Quick Take: Abdul Malik-Abu is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound physical specimen. He's a good athlete that plays with reckless abandon when trying to rebound, and as a result he's a dominant rebounder in and out of area. He is a beast when it comes to his power around the basket. He's the type of player who tries to dunk everything around the rim with his crazy bounce, and not just dunk, but flat-out punish the rim in the process. While he's raw and needs to continue to develop his skill-set, the upside is there as he has shown (inconsistently) the ability to knockdown jump shots and make impressive moves in the post that require some nice touch. Malik-Abu will help any team with physicality and rebounding right away, but he has the potential to develop into a special player. Though he attends a different New England prep school, Kimball Union, there has been a lot of talk about him teaming up with Jared Terrell in college as a package deal. That, like all "package deals", is an overrated aspect of their recruitment, and both of them have said that they are looking for their best personal situation.
Recruiting: Michigan State, Florida, Miami, Maryland, UConn, West Virginia, St. John's Seton Hall, Temple, Rutgers, Providence, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Boston College, Xavier
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Quick Take: Pinckney is a 6-1 lead guard that has always had the natural instincts and feel to play point guard, displaying good decision-making, pace, ball-handling and passing ability, but he's also showing that he can knock down shots. He's very comfortable shooting off the dribble, and is capable of freeing himself for a jumper by breaking his defender down with a crossover first. On the other end of the court, he's a good on-ball defender who competes and should continue to improve as he gets bigger and stronger. Pinckney helped his Miller Grove High School team win its fifth-straight Georgia State 5A state championship in March and was named second team All-State after averaging 14 points and five assists a game. He's stated that he plans on visiting Harvard, Xavier, Miami and Ohio State and then making his decision in the fall, but he's also been receiving some new interest with Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Clemson all being regional schools who have shown the four-star some love. He's a tremendous student with a 4.0 GPA and academics are something that will matter to him and his family.
Recruiting: Harvard, Miami, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Xavier
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Quick Take: Bibbs is a 6-4, athletic wing that doesn't really have many weaknesses to his game. That's not to say he's perfect or dominant, but he doesn't have any real glaring deficiencies. He can create offense, both for himself and others. He has the handle, jumpshot, athleticism and game to score at all three levels, and he's a good passer with a willingness to set up his teammates. Originally from Chaminade Julienne in Dayton, he's gotten tougher since transferring to Montverde Academy in Florida, and his development has been accelerated. He didn't get a lot of press during the school year while playing behind guards like D'Angelo Russell and Kasey Hill, but those guys are elite level talents. Bibbs could be a guy who explodes this year on the AAU circuit. He's a high-motor wing player, and is willing to defend and rebound. With Xavier looking for a couple of wings in 2014, the ohio-native is one of the top players on the Muskies' radar heading into the spring recruiting season.
Recruiting: Dayton, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Ohio, Cleveland State, Kent State, Xavier
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Quick Take: Law is a 6-6, thin small forward that has a really well developed mid-range game and tremendous upside. He uses his length and athleticism to slash to the rim and make plays in transition. As he continues to mature and develop his game, he has the potential to become a big-time isolation scorer. His length and athleticism combined with his high-motor makes it tough to keep him off of the glass on either end. He can be a guy who defends multiple positions as he gets stronger. His stock has risen tremendously over the course of this past high school season at St. Rita's in Chicago, with plenty of high majors starting to show more interest. Recently, he's picked up offers from Illinois, Dayton, Georgia Tech, VCU, Northwestern and Virginia Tech, in addition to Xavier. He's a name that tons of Midwest coaches have circled heading into this spring when they go to watch his Meanstreets team play, and we'll likely learn a lot about his recruitment over the next few months. Law just recently enjoyed a visit to Georgia Tech, and has two more visits planned this spring to Harvard and VCU.
Recruiting: Illinois, DePaul, Harvard, VCU, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Iowa, Miami, Tennessee, Villanova, Xavier
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Quick Take: Mitchell is a 6-4 point guard that can hit shots at a high level. He's not the most athletic or explosive athlete, but he plays under control, handles the ball well and is a knockdown shooter from beyond the arc. He can shoot it well off the dribble, and has enough handle and shake in his game to create his own shot anywhere on the court. He had a huge high school season, as he averaged 21 points per game, after adding about two inches and 20 pounds to his frame since last year. Though he attends Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill High School, Mitchell is from Chicago originally and the buzz is that he might want to come back closer to home. He's another prospect who currently plans to make his decision in the fall. Xavier just recently got involved and extended an offer to him in the middle of March. He'll be playing with the Georgia Stars on the AAU circuit this spring.
Recruiting: Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Cincinnati, UAB, Charlotte, Georgia State, Xavier

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