Illinois big man Sean O'Mara's commitment gives the Musketeers a 6-9, 230-pound space-eater that plays with some edge, a necessity in the class as current center Matt Stainbrook will be a senior heading into the 2014 season.
If you're looking for a player similar to Stainbrook, you can't do much better than O'Mara. Though neither player has that elite 7-foot height, they both possess big bodies and serious strength. Like Stainbrook, O'Mara is also a below the rim player with good hands. Though not the quickest guy, he is fluid in his movements and has pretty good feet.
Offensively, O'Mara is again similar to Stainbrook in the sense that he's a big man you can throw the ball into and play through. He has good feel, and can really pass, whether he's on the block or facing the rim at the high post. He can also face the basket and knockdown an open jumper.
However, he's not confused with his role. He knows his job is to be a big presence in the lane, and he likes physicality. He has a well developed back to the basket game, and does a good job of using his body to finish. While he does a lot of his work below the rim, he does throw down some nice two-hand power dunks when given the room. As he improves his body and athleticism, he should add some more explosion which will only improve his ability to finish.
O'Mara will have to continue to learn how to deal with longer and more athletic post players. He could also be more aggressive on the offensive end, and find a better balance between passing and attacking when he gets post touches. He could also work to improve his ability to rebound out of area and dominate the boards.
With Edmond Sumner, JP Macura, Makinde London and now Sean O'Mara in the fold, Mack and his staff have put together an impressive recruiting class. They added a combo guard with huge upside, an elite shooter that should add offensive firepower at a position of need, a face-up forward and weapon they haven't had since Derrick Brown, and their center of the future. It's been a productive last few months on the recruiting front for Xavier.