After hearing no connections between Xavier and Jarron Cumberland over the last few months on the recruiting trail, it seems like the Musketeers might be re-emerging as a potential player for the powerfully built scoring wing from Wilmington High School in Ohio.
Cumberland told MusketeerReport over the weekend at the Spiece Run-N-Slam that communication between him and the Xavier staff has picked up recently.
“Coach Mack called me this week and said he was going to keep in touch and everything,” Cumberland said after his King James team rolled to an easy win on Friday night in Ft. Wayne.
In addition to Xavier, Cumberland said he was hearing from Michigan, Indiana, Miami, Texas, Michigan State and Purdue recently.
Throughout the weekend Cumberland showed why the Musketeers’ staff might be increasing their level of interest as he helped lead King James to the 17U title at the Spiece Run-N-Slam by showing off his highly-skilled offensive game. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wing shot the ball extremely well off the catch, showed his ability to create his own shot off the bounce, and used his strength to drive defenders to the rim.
“I think I’m the top scorer in our class,” Cumberland said. “I’m known as a bucket-getter. I can get points whenever I want. When I have a little guy on me, I can take him to the post and move him around. When I have a big guy guarding me, I can take him outside or even sometimes take him in the post too.”
He also showed some nice mid-range finishes from eight to 12 feet, and said that’s been a focus of his: “I’ve been working on my mid-range game everyday. That’s the last piece for me.”
Cumberland started the spring playing with the Adidas sponsored Ohio Basketball Club, but made the switch to play with King James in the Nike EYBL after the first weekend. Since then, Xavier’s coaches spent plenty of time watching him play at the EYBL stop in Lexington while scouting one of their top priorities in the 2016 class that also plays for King James, point guard Xavier Simpson.
“I had to learn how Xavier plays as a point guard. He really drives the ball which always makes my man help off, so I just had to get used to spacing to the corner or wing and getting ready to shoot,” Cumberland said. “Xavier is a really good point guard. I’m glad I came over here and started playing with him. It’s different not having the ball in my hands as much. It takes pressure off me, but it doesn’t change my game at all.”
The new acquisition has proven to be a good thing for both the team and the player. Cumberland is averaging 16.5 points (23-49 FG, 10-26 3PT), 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals through four EYBL games, and he seemed to be even more settled in last weekend at Spiece.
While he doesn’t seem to be in too big of a rush to make a commitment, Cumberland did say that he expects to have a decision made before his senior year “probably.” Look for Xavier’s staff to continue making a push in his recruitment.