After the spring open evaluation period in April, college coaches have had a chance to really narrow their focus on the 2015 recruiting trail. The 2015 hotboard is designed to give fans an idea of some of the top prospects that Xavier is recruiting with mutual interest. It is strictly the opinion of the MusketeerReport.com staff.
Quick Take: Spalding is a long and lanky four with immense upside. He's at his best when rim-running and making plays in transition, but he's also working on rounding out the rest of his offensive game. With touch out to the mid-range and the physical tools to get his shot off over defenders, he has the potential to become a big match-up problem. Defensively his quickness off the floor and great standing vertical allows him to challenge shots at the rim, both on and off the ball. Xavier has offered, but other high majors have been showing interest, with Indiana already offering as well. If Louisville offers, it'd be tough to be the hometown school.
Offers: Indiana, Vanderbilt, Butler, Clemson, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Dayton, Northwestern, Western Kentucky, Cleveland State and Xavier.
Quick Take: Ahmad is a face-up combo forward with a very versatile offensive game. He consistently puts up numbers by scoring on jump shots, slashes to the rim, face-up moves and hustle points, plus he has a tight handle. He has a lean but fairly strong frame with decent athleticism that when combined with his effort allows him to be a strong rebounder. Ahmad's recruitment has really blown up this spring, and getting him out of the Big Ten maybe tough.
Offers: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Miami, West Virginia, Iowa State, UNLV, Texas Tech, Penn State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Rutgers, Clemson, Charlotte, Cleveland State, Wright State and Xavier.
Quick Take: Pritzl is a an elite shooter with good size and bounce. While he'll probably be labeled as a shooter, and rightfully so as he was lights out from the outside in viewings this spring, what makes him special is his athleticism, handle and ability to score in a variety of ways. He has effective moves off of the bounce and is equally comfortable handling and finishing with his right and left hand. His offer list shows that he's being under recruited right now, but long term it would seem like it's going to be tough to get this promising scorer out of his home state of Wisconsin.
Offers: Creighton, Davidson, DePaul, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Toledo, Drake, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Xavier.
Quick Take:Walton is a strong two guard with decent size and good quickness. He plays in attack mode at all times on the offensive end and is an aggressive scorer. He isn't a knockdown shooter, but isn't far off, and he shoots it really well off of the dribble. His instincts and awareness allow him to get easy buckets on cuts to the rim. He projects to be a productive scorer at the next level because of his ability to score consistently at all three levels. Xavier was the first school to offer him and has been recruiting him the longest. Minnesota recently offered, though, and most every high major in the Midwest has started showing interest.
Offers: Minnesota, Illinois State and Xavier
Quick Take: Smits is a center with elite size and soft touch. He usually scores with an established baby-hook move over either shoulder, or a face-up jumper with range that extends to the perimeter. He lacks athleticism and foot speed, but could still become a productive big man at the next level by getting stronger and becoming a really strong rebounder to go with his unique skill-set. Xavier got in on Smits' recruitment early and offered. He visited for Musketeer Madness and was at the Butler game this past season. Clemson really picked up its recruitment of him heavily at the end of the basketball season and into the spring.
Offers: Butler, Clemson and Xavier.
Quick Take: Nichols is a multi-skilled combo forward. He had a big high school season while helping lead Lakewood St. Ed's to a state title. He has the size and willingness to play inside at the four, but also possesses perimeter skills with a smooth mid-range jump-shot and an above average handle for his position. The fact that he has the potential to guard multiple positions makes him a true combo forward. Xavier recently pulled the trigger and extended the Ohio prospect an offer, but other heavy hitters in the Midwest have also started showing interest, including Michigan State.
Offers: Dayton, Penn State, Oakland, Kent State, San Francisco and Xavier.
Quick Take: Whitt is a scoring combo guard with solid athleticism and a really long wingspan. He's a good spot-up shooter from beyond the arc, but he also excels at getting to the mid-range and pulling up. He has a great handle, which allows him to play on or off the ball, but his scoring ability and aggressive approach makes him more of a combo than a pure point guard. He's taking a patient approach with his recruitment and is letting his dad handle all of the interest, while he focuses on playing basketball. He already has an offer from Xavier as well as a few other high majors with more likely on the way.
Offers: Wisconsin, Illinois, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Minnesota, SMU, Creighton, Missouri, South Florida, Wichita State, Kansas State, Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Northern Iowa, San Francisco and Xavier.
Quick Take: Phillips is a four with good size, length and great athleticism. Those physical tools are what make him such an intriguing prospect. He's also shown decent touch around the basket so far this spring on the grassroots circuit. When he's aggressive on the glass, he has the ability to really go get the ball and rebound out of area with great hands. He needs to get stronger and play with more consistently with a high motor, but he has a ton of upside. Xavier just recently offered this spring.
Offers: Wichita State, Cincinnati, South Florida, DePaul, Rutgers, Ohio and Xavier.
Quick Take: Ahrens is a high-level shot-maker with good athleticism. The Ohio target broke his leg early in his high school season and missed the rest of the year, but has worked hard to recover and is back playing for the talented King James 17U team on the EYBL circuit. With good form and a quick release, Ahrens is a knockdown shooter from beyond the arc. He also shows great feel for the game on the offensive end and is a great passer on the wing. With the athleticism to finish above the rim, his well-rounded skill-set has garnered offers from Michigan State and a few other high majors already in addition to Xavier.
Offers: Michigan State, Cincinnati, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Butler, Dayton, Oakland, Wright State, Toledo, Miami (OH), Kent State and Xavier.
Quick Take: Pardon is a physical post presence with good length. He's not a great athlete and isn't a face-up guy, but rather understands that he's a true power player that makes his impact in the paint. A strong area rebounder, Pardon can contribute by getting second-chance points on the offensive end, in addition to showing some nice low-post moves. Xavier just offered this spring, and a host of major programs in the Midwest have started to show interest.
Offers: Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Dayton, Kent State, Fordham and Xavier.
Quick Take: Jenifer is a dynamic lead guard with a short but strong frame. He is really quick with the ball in the open court and loves to attack the basket with a playground style flare. He has a slick handle with the ability to break defenders down off of the dribble and get into the lane to create shots for himself or others. He's a great passer, but also a really good scorer for a sub-6-footer. Xavier has already offered and he visited last September.
Offers: Cincinnati, Memphis, South Florida, Stanford, Cornell and Xavier.
Quick Take: Coleman is a pure scorer at the two guard position. He has a silky-smooth 3-point shot, plus the ability to get into the lane and score off the dribble. So far this spring, he's really shown improvement on the defensive end, using his length and lateral mobility to harass opposing ballhandlers. Xavier has been recruiting Coleman for a long time, but the entire Big Ten has offered along with other high majors, such as UCLA and Arizona, so this will be an uphill recruiting battle.
Offers: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame, Arizona, UCLA, Memphis, Cincinnati, Virginia, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Providence, Georgia Tech, UNLV, Butler, Auburn and Xavier.
Quick Take: Hudson is a tough floor general that plays with an edge. He's a true point guard that understands how to run his team, play with pace and move the ball. He has a tight handle and great vision when passing. His quick feet, strength and high level of effort makes him a good on-ball defender as well. With a thin point guard crop in the 2015 class, Hudson has seen his recruitment pick up rapidly this spring.
Offers: Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Houston, Georgia Tech, UAB, Western Kentucky, Radford, Kennesaw State and Xavier.
Quick Take: Suggs is a long wing that is a smooth and fluid athlete. A lefty with a consistent stroke, Suggs is a good jump-shooter that also uses his length well to find creases and angles to score around the basket. He just recently decommitted from Missouri where he had originally chosen Frank Haith's staff over Xavier, SLU, Duquesne and VCU the first time around. The Musketeers are back in the mix, but more schools will be involved this time around, including Maryland, who has recently shown interest since the decommitment.
Offers: Missouri, Duquesne, Saint Louis, VCU, Northern Colorado, SIU-Edwardsville and Xavier.
Quick Take: Carter is a broad-framed four with good athleticism and strength. With a wingspan that stretches over 7-feet, he has the physical tools to block shots and rebound consistently on the defensive end. On the offensive end, he's a good finisher that can play above the rim, and he runs the floor really well. Providence was the first to offer, but more high majors have come calling already, including X. Xavier's coaching staff has been recruiting him hard this spring.
Offers: Memphis, Providence, VCU, DePaul, Bradley and Xavier.