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2017 Hot Board

Take a look at the top 10 prospects on Xavier's radar.

http://www.scout.com/player/185842-kris-wilkes

Wilkes is a combo-forward with length and athleticism. He's unstoppable in transition and super smooth in the halfcourt. He has great touch on his jump shot, and his handle is good enough to get him where he wants to go. He's already an impact player on defense but has the tools to be great if he improves his desire and toughness on that end. Xavier has been one of the most active programs in his recruitment for years now. 

Offers: Xavier, Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler, Indiana, UCLA, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Illinois.

http://www.scout.com/player/185132-paul-scruggs

Scruggs is a thick and athletic combo guard. He's a playmaker on both ends of the court that thrives because of his non-stop motor. On offense, he's a power-driver with some craftiness in the mid-range. Defensively, he has the potential to lock down a few positions. Like Wilkes, Xavier has been recruiting Scruggs as hard as any program in the country for his entire high school career. 

Offers: Xavier, Kansas, Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Wake Forest. 

http://www.scout.com/player/185175-kimani-lawrence

Lawrence is a skilled combo forward with size and athleticism. He has tremendous feel and can really pass, but he also has a strong scoring arsenal with a jump shot that extends to the perimeter. Xavier has made him a priority ever since Coach Murray arrived on campus and is rumored to be in a really good position.  

Offers: Xavier, USC, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rhode Island, Creighton, Miami, Wake Forest, St. Bonaventure.

http://www.scout.com/player/195164-quade-green

Green is a speedy but solid point guard. He plays a controlled game in the halfcourt where he does a tremendous job of setting up his teammates for scoring opportunities. He hammers the throttle down when in the open court or when trying to get all the way to the tin. He's also a decent shooter and a pesky on-ball defender. Xavier extended an offer last June.  

Offers: Xavier, Arizona, Louisville, Michigan State, Maryland, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Providence, USC, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Missouri, South Carolina, Penn State, DePaul, Temple, Rhode Island, La Salle, St. Joseph's. 

http://www.scout.com/player/204352-brandon-randolph

Randolph is a wing with length and athleticism. He stands out because of his sweet shooting stroke and range, but his ability to get to the rim and finish is probably overlooked a bit. His length and body control allows him to twist and contort in mid-air before flipping up acrobatic layups. His offense is ahead of his defense, but he plays pretty hard and looks like a willing defender. Xavier offered him during the high school season in January. 

Offers: Xavier, Villanova, Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, UConn, Florida State, St. John's, Temple, Wake Forest, VCU, Alabama, DePaul. 

http://www.scout.com/player/182480-nojel-eastern

Eastern is a tall, thick versatile guard or wing. His best attribute is his feel and vision for the game. On offense, he's an exceptional passer and also shoots well. His size allows him to finish in the lane and contribute on the offensive glass. Defensively, he has the versatility and toughness to guard multiple spots. Xavier turned up the heat on Eastern early in the high school season when it extended an offer. 

Offers: Xavier, Michigan State, Ohio State, USC, LSU, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Missouri, Virginia Tech, UNLV, DePaul, Marquette, Saint Louis, Northwestern.  

http://www.scout.com/player/194824-markell-johnson

Johnson is an exceptionally athletic lead guard. He uses his explosiveness to get past defenders with his first step and then rise up and dunk on opponents' heads. He doesn't have great feel or a ton of subtleties to his game yet, but his raw ability is game-changing even when surrounded by other elite athletes. On the defensive end, he makes some plays with his quickness, but he has a lot more upside going forward. Xavier offered him after the first evaluation period, but they've been showing interest for a while. 

Offers: Xavier, Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia, Washington, Florida, Virginia Tech, Arizona State, VCU, NC State, Cincinnati, DePaul, Buffalo. 

http://www.scout.com/player/202063-naji-marshall

Marshall is a well-built wing with good size. The most intriguing part of his game is his versatility. He can really handle the ball, and likes to score by power-driving defenders into the lane. He also plays really hard on both ends, with the quickness and size to potentially guard four positions. Xavier just offered him after the first evaluation period, but the staff has come on strong recently. Rumors are the Musketeers may be in the lead to land him.

Offers: Xavier, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, UMass, VCU, Rutgers, Towson, UCF, Temple, Cincinnati. 

http://www.scout.com/player/203604-jamal-cain

Cain is a thin but fairly athletic combo forward. He shoots it well from three, and he finds some points as a slasher from the wing or baseline with the ability to finish above the rim. He needs to get a lot stronger, but he should have some versatility on defense because of his mobility. Xavier really picked up their recruitment of him during the high school season. 

Offers: Xavier, Michigan, Florida State, Marquette, Georgia, Washington State, Cincinnati, Boston College, St. Bonaventure, Oakland, Kent State, Detroit. 

http://www.scout.com/player/203581-jericho-sims

Sims is a big man with legitimate size and great athleticism. He's raw offensively and may be a project on that end, but he can impact the game already as a rebounder and dunker. He also has upside as a rim-protector on defense. Xavier just offered him after the first evaluation period in April, but he's already one of the top big men on their radar. 

Offers: Xavier, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Auburn, Nevada, UNLV, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, DePaul, Nebraska, Dayton. 

*This hot board is strictly the opinion of the MusketeerReport.com staff and is in no way affiliated with Xavier University or its coaching staff. *


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