Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2nd Place - Xavier Musketeers

Head Coach: Sean Miller
Record at X: 93-39 (4)

Homecourt: Cintas Center (10,250)

3 Brian Walsh Fr G 6-4 195
5 Derrick Brown Jr F 6-8 227
10 Mark 'Cheeky' Lyons Fr G 6-1 180
11 BJ Raymond Sr G 6-6 226
12 Brad Redford Fr G 6-0 170
15 Andy Taylor So F 6-8 205
20 CJ Anderson Sr F 6-6 230
22 Jamel McLean So F 6-8 235
25 Dante' Jackson So G 6-5 195
31 Jason Love Jr C 6-9 255
32 Kenny Frease Fr C 7-0 265
52 Terrell Holloway Fr G 6-0 175
55 Jordan Crawford So G 6-4 205

First 5:
1- D. Jackson (excellent defender gets the nod to start at point to begin season. he will most likely give way to Crawford (if eligible) or Holloway. either way he will play major minutes as the third guard.)
2- BJ Raymond (senior is ready to embrace the role of leading scorer. has shown ability to hit big time shots and shoots the three at a very good clip. his ability to guard smaller two guards will be key.)
3- CJ Anderson (a bull who can get a basket when you need it. plays big in the marquee games. needs to be a solid free throw shooter due to his penchant to get fouled.)
4- D. Brown (preseason Wooden award finalist has a great skill set. the only ? for NBA scouts is a consistent jump shot. selfishly i hope he stays for his final year.)
5- J. Love (ever improving big man is a beast on the boards. if he can continue his improvement arc over his first two seasons it will be later rather than sooner for Frease to enter the starting lineup.)

Second 5:
1- T. Holloway (promising four star recruit has work to do before coach Miller hands the reigns of the team over to him. consistent free throw shooting is a must if he wants to play major minutes.)
2- B. Redford (could be the sleeper candidate to start at point. it is well documented of how good a shooter he is but he is a solid player overall. the major question is his ability to guard on this level.)
3- B. Walsh (he can play multiple positions and has flown under the radar compared to other XU recruits. However he can boast offers from Memphis and Maryland just to show how big time he is. solid 'glue player' type in my estimation)
4- J. McLean (big time athlete will garner major minutes this season. he will wear opponents down with his rebounding and scoring ability close to the basket in relief of D Brown. there will not be that big a dropoff when he steps on the court and he could be paired with #5 from time to time.)
5- K. Frease (the big man has shed some baby fat since the Deveroes Summer League. he has a plethora of scoring tools. needs to learn to be stronger with the ball at this level but it seems he is buying in to the great coaching he is receiving. that is BAD news for our opponents. i think he cracks the starting 5 at some point this season.)

The Musketeers could struggle a bit in non conference play with the questions at point guard given the schedule they play. That scenario changes if Jordan Crawford is ruled eligible. That is a slim chance in my eyes. It also hurts that 'Cheeks' is not eligible this season to provide a little more depth on the perimeter. However no excuses from the X camp. There is enough talent left over to certainly challenge for the A10 crown and a nice run in the NCAA tournament. I think BJ Raymond absolutely explodes this season and carries us to great things again this season.

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