The freshman and sophomore turned heads during summer league action while leading their respective teams to a win. Farr starred in Deer Park Roofing's 82-54 win over McCluskey Chevrolet with 17 points and 17 boards. Davis put up 25 points and 4 assists as his team, City Taxx, fell to Clovernook 70-63.
Farr played with Semaj Christon, Remy Abell, Brandon Randolph and Travis Taylor on Deer Park Roofing on Sunday, and the McCluskey team they beat was led by NKU big man Jake Geisler. While the competition wasn't the strongest, and DPR cruised easily, Farr's effort was still a positive sign that his development is headed in the right direction. He showed a couple of different post moves that looked smooth and patient, including a lefty hook in the lane that would be impossible to guard if he can connect on it consistently. Farr's effort was high, and his mobility looked to be improved, as he worked hard on the defensive end and completely dominated the glass on both ends.
While Farr stole the show, Randolph continued to impress for an incoming freshman. Both his physical build and his play on the court look mature so far, even despite playing in the wide open, up-and-down summer league. He has proven to be able to get into the lane off of the bounce against most defenders in the league, but instead of forcing the issue, which is typically the norm in that environment, he's been under control and confident on the offensive end. He didn't shoot a great percentage on Sunday, but the shots he took were the right shots to take, as he finished 6-of-15 from the field with 14 points, 7 assists and 2 turnovers.
Farr and Randolph combined with Travis Taylor's 26 points to shoulder most of the scoring load, and Abell and Christon filled in the rest, as they both were content with their role on Sunday. Christon had it in cruise control, dropping dimes to his younger teammates, stopping to get to the basket effortlessly and lay it in only a few times. He finished 4-of-5 from the field with 8 points and 10 assists. Abell played a solid floor game, finishing 5-of-7 from the field with 11 points, 3 steals and 2 assists.
In the second game of the day, Myles Davis was connecting early and often, showing off his ability to score in different ways. He had 14 points by halftime, but he wasn't done quite yet. In 29 minutes of action, he finished with 25 points, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 turnover. He started off early by showing his sweet stroke from beyond NBA range (3-of-5), and then once the defense was flying out at him, he showed off his ability to beat the defender off the bounce with a variety of pull-up jumpers and even a floater. A few of Davis' made shots were heavily contested, including one transition 3-pointer he made where it looked like he re-adjusted or double-pumped in mid-air.
With Davis, on his City Taxx team, was center Matt Stainbrook. Stainbrook had the unenviable task of going up against the combo of Yancy Gates and Jalen Reynolds inside. Stainbrook struggled to finish around the basket, but other than some bunnies not falling, he actually played pretty well. He finished with 10 points (4-of-14) and 9 rebounds, and equipped himself very well on the defensive end, limiting Gates to 10 points, while blocking 6 shots. Though he only finished with 1 assist, Stainbrook did show off his vision and IQ when playing with the ball in his hands.
Reynolds only played 21 minutes, presumably just because his team has eight players, but he had a few highlights while in there and finished with 12 points, 9 boards and 2 assists in an efficient effort. The 6-9 forward was 6-of-8 from the field, with a few highlight dunks and a smooth jumper mixed in on offense. Dee Davis also played on Clovernook with Reynolds, and finished with 10 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, though he struggled from the field a little bit, hitting just 4-of-14, including 0-of-4 from 3-point range. He did have some really nice reverse layup finishes inside.
It was a great day of summer league action, not only for the Xavier players that participated, but in terms of the overall quality of play on Sunday. For Musketeer fans, it definitely gave a glimpse of the upgrade in talent from last year to this year's roster.