Xavier Adds Winners with 2014 Class

Xavier's 2014 recruiting class has proven winners that have performed on the biggest stages in the postseason.

Xavier's 2014 recruiting class is highly regarded by national analysts because the five incoming players have proven to have impressive skill-sets, high IQs and certain physical attributes.

They're also proving to be winners.

Three-star wing J.P. Macura posted a double-double with 43 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks while leading his Lakeville North team to an 84-82 win over Hopkins in the Minnesota 4A state championship two weeks ago. Not to be outdone, the most highly-rated recruit of the class, Trevon Bluiett, put on a show at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday afternoon, as he recorded a double-double of his own with 38 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while powering his Park Tudor team to an easy 84-57 win over Westview in the Indiana 2A state championship.

Another member of Xavier's 2014 class, Sean O'Mara, a three-star big man out of Illinois, didn't capture a state title, but helped lead his team to the 4A state championship game a week ago where he played Duke commit and No. 1 overall player in the 2014 class, Jhalil Okafor, to a stalemate in the 44-42 loss. O'Mara finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three assists, while the 6-11 Okafor put up eight points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Those three will be joined by three-star guard Edmond Sumner, who finished fourth in Michigan's Mr. Basketball voting, and four-star forward Makinde London, who spent the year playing on the No. 1 prep school team in the nation, Montverde Academy.

For Bluiett, a four-year starter at Park Tudor, the win marked his third state title in his career. The Panthers won back-to-back titles in his freshman and sophomore years, before being knocked off by Broad Ripple in the sectional semifinals last season.

Xavier landed Bluiett back at the beginning of November after he had originally committed (and then later decommitted) from UCLA. The four-star chose X over Michigan State, Butler, and Memphis, and was ranked 41st in Scout's last national player rankings for the 2014 class.

Bluiett, who came into the contest averaging 35.6 points per game, brought his career total to 2,568 points, which leaves him in sixth place all-time in the state of Indiana. The state's leading scorer knocked down 14-of-22 shots Saturday afternoon, including 5-of-9 3-pointers.

This talented group of recruits will be asked to step in and help make up for some of the scoring lost with the early departure of Semaj Christon to the NBA draft and the graduation of Isaiah Philmore. Combined with Matt Stainbrook, Justin Martin, Jalen Reynolds, and Dee Davis - all regular contributors from last year who should improve - plus Indiana-transfer Remy Abell, who had to sit out this year, the Musketeers still have the potential for a strong 2013-14 roster.

Learn More about Xavier's Incoming Class:

- The Impact: Trevon Bluiett

- The Impact: JP Macura

- The Impact: Sean O'Mara

- The Impact: Makinde London

- The Impact: Edmond Sumner


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