XU Coaches Make Statement to Open Eval Period

Read about Xavier's recruiting strategy for the first night of the second July evaluation period.

Xavier's coaches made a statement to their top targets on the first night of the second July evaluation period by deploying all of their manpower to the same location. 

Chris Mack, Travis Steele, Luke Murray, and Mike Pegues all made it down to the Atlanta area where a few tournaments are taking place this week, including the Under Armour Association finals featuring priority targets Paul Scruggs, Kris Wilkes, and Naji Marshall. 

Mack, Steele, and Murray rolled three deep to the Indy Hoosier's 69-68 loss to Louisiana Elite in the first game of the night. Scruggs finished with 12 points (3-4 FG, 5-6 FT, 1-1 3PT), five boards, and three assists for the Hoosiers, while Wilkes had eight points (2-9 FG, 4-8 FT, 0-1 3PT) and eight rebounds. 

Indiana, the school rumored to be Xavier's top competition for Scruggs, sent assistant coach Rob Judson while head coach Tom Crean attended the ESPY's. Michigan State head man Tom Izzo and an assistant were present at the game. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was at the Under Armour event but chose not to watch Scruggs. It appears the Cardinals have made Makai Ashton-Langford their main target at point guard. 

Assistant coach Mike Pegues went to another tournament in the area to watch Elias Harden during that first time slot. Stats were unavailable for that event. 

Pegues later joined the other coaches at the Under Armour Association finals as all four of them setup courtside for DC Premier's battle with Earl Watson Elite for the final game of the night. Marshall put up 22 points (5-11 FG, 12-13 FT, 0-3 3PT), five boards, four assists and two steals for DC Premier in a 75-72 loss. 

Big man Nate Watson added eight points (2-4 FG, 4-4 FT) and eight rebounds for DC Premier, while 2018 guard Prentiss Hubb had 11 points (4-13 FG, 2-6 FT, 1-6 3PT), two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Both Watson and Hubb have Xavier offers.

The staff split up in between games. Among the targets watched was 2019 wing Keion Brooks of the Indy Hoosiers 15U squad. Brooks is a 6-foot-7 small forward currently ranked 15 overall in the Scout top 25. He scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, had two blocks, and two steals in a 70-62 loss to KC Run GMC. The Musketeers just recently offered Brooks at the end of June. 

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