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2018 Hot Board

The spring live periods are behind us and June is winding down. Ahead of the big July live periods, here's a look at Xavier's top targets in the 2018 class.

AAU Team: Mac Irvin Fire

Spring AAU Stats: 23.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg, 47.8% FG, 27.3% (12/44) 3PT, 79% FT

Offers of Note: Xavier, Kansas, Illinois, Creighton, Northwestern, NC State, Wake Forest

Scouting Report: Dosunmu is an extremely athletic lead guard. He's nearly impossible to keep out of the lane with a quick first step and an extra gear that most defenders don't have. He's a good finisher that plays with an edge. He also sees the floor well as a passer. He could improve his jump shot.

AAU Team: Team Melo

Spring AAU Stats: 18.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg, 51.4% FG, 49.5% 3PT (53/107), 70.3% FT

Offers of Note: Xavier, Michigan, Providence, Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Marquette

Scouting Report: Locke is a lights out shooter, possibly the best in the class. He's currently the top 3-point shooter in the Nike EYBL, both in terms of threes made and 3-point percentage. He's an efficient player that takes advantage of his strengths. He can shoot it off the catch or the dribble, and he handles well enough and is athletic enough to get to the rim and finish. Though he only measured 6-foot-2 at the Nike Top 100 Camp last year, his 6-foot-8 wingspan was notable.

AAU Team: Nova Village

Spring AAU Stats: N/A

Offers of Note: Xavier, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana, Pittsburgh

Scouting Report: Hunter is a long and versatile forward. He's a good 3-point shooter and a smooth athlete that plays above the rim when attacking. He's a converted football player that started playing hoops right before the start of high school and already his offensive game has developed rapidly. Defensively, he has a chance to be special with the ability to guard multiple spots. He could improve his strength and his handle.

AAU Team: DC Premier

Spring AAU Stats: 12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 56% FG, 47% (7/15) 3PT), 63% FT

Offers of Note: Xavier, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgetown, Providence

Scouting Report: Harris is an athletic big man with good speed and a non-stop motor. He's a good defender with the ability to protect the rim some. More importantly, he moves really well laterally, enabling him to guard ballscreens effectively. Offensively, he's mostly a finisher at this stage of his development, but he has shown improvement in the post. He can also step out to the perimeter and hit the occasional jumper. He could improve his back-to-the-basket game and his feel on offense.

AAU Team: PSA Cardinals

Spring AAU Stats: 6.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.8% FG, 21.4% (3/14) 3PT, 76.9% FT

Offers of Note: Xavier, UConn, Oregon, Wake Forest, LSU, Penn State, Minnesota, Temple

Scouting Report: Mucius is a lean, athletic face-up forward with lots of potential. He's at his best when he's in the open floor. There are glimpses where he looks like one of the top talents in the class. He has a knack for making highlight plays, whether it be a tip-dunk, an acrobatic spin and finish in transition, or a stepback three while he's fading away. He has a tendency to float too much, though, and he needs to improve his consistency. He could also improve his strength and his handle.

AAU Team: Gary Harris Elite

Spring AAU Stats: N/A

Offers of Note: Xavier, Butler, Purdue, Nebraska, Minnesota, Ohio State

Scouting Report: Hunter is a skinny, left-handed shooting guard that gets buckets. He's a solid 3-point shooter, he can pull-up off the dribble, and he can break defenders down off the bounce. He's more of a smooth athlete than an explosive one at this point, but he has plenty of bounce to surprise defenders at the rim. He's reminiscent of Edmond Sumner at the same stage in terms of his athleticism and his underdeveloped frame. He definitely needs to get stronger.

AAU Team: Team Loaded Virginia

Spring AAU Stats: 16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 66.2% FG, 70.8% FT

Offers of note: Xavier, Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Louisville, NC State, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, 

Scouting Report: McCormack is a massive post player, especially by today's standards. He's immovable in the paint and a total bully on the block. He's comfortable playing with his back to the basket and understands positioning. He ducks in and seals his man low and finishes pretty well. He could improve his conditioning and his motor on the glass. 

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

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