Report Card: Xavier Musketeers

PG: Edmond Sumner

Grade: A-

Edmond came back this year after a medical redshirt during his true freshman year and promptly emerged as one of the top point guards in the country; being named to the Freshman All-America Team. His 11 points per game were second on the team, and he contributed to overall team efforts with 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Still, his relative inexperience showed at times, as he was often impatient with the ball and tried to force things that weren’t there. Prime example being the charge he was called for in the final seconds against Wisconsin. He had a great season overall, but it was slightly marred by moments like that. It’ll be interesting to watch his progress down the line.

SG: Myles Davis

Grade: B+

As a leader on the team in his junior year, Myles Davis did a little bit of everything. The 6’2 guard from Plainfield, New Jersey, contributed to every facet of the Musketeer’s game. He put up 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and an impressive 4.1 assists per game from the shooting guard position. His leadership was great for the team, as he often times stepped up and made shots when the team needed a swing in momentum. His versatility was valuable on the floor, but he was often prone to streaks of bad shot selection, sometimes pulling up from what is now considered “Steph Curry range”. All said and done, his contributions to the team shouldn’t be understated, especially his leadership.

SF: Remy Abell

Grade: B-

In his second year at Xavier after transferring from Indiana, Abell was a key player defensively, often guarding the likes of Providence’s Kris Dunn and Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono. He dropped an average of 2 points per game from last year, but given his new defensive focus, and the surge of Edmond Sumner, that’s justifiable. He played well throughout the season, and developed a reputation as an elite defender in the Big East.

PF: Trevon Bluiett

Grade: A

Even as a score-by-committee team, Xavier had to have a leading scorer. Key Trevon Bluiett. He was a consistent scoring threat all year. Like any other player, he has flaws: at times his offensive presence would fade from the game, and he could be prone to turnovers. Still, his 15 points per game led a team who often didn’t necessarily have a stand-out scorer. His efforts earned him First Team All-Big East; he was on the Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Mid-Season Watch List, and was a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. He was ninth in the Big East in scoring, and fourth in three pointers made. Like every Musketeer, he contributed to the team effort, hauling in 6.1 rebounds per game. He’s poised to be a threat again next year, with his decision to withdraw from the draft.

C: Jalen Reynolds

Grade: B-

The big man from Motor City was dominant at times, but non-existent at others. He showed his potential in the NCAA Tournament, scoring in double figures in both games. His strength and power earned him the ranking of ninth best dunker in the NCAA, according to NBCSports.com. His 9.6 points per game don’t necessarily show his offensive value, as he often draws double teams in the post. If he can learn how to dominate in the paint on a consistent basis, and use his 6’10 232 lbs. frame he’ll be fun to watch next year.

James Farr

Grade: B

Farr showed strength and dominance in the paint at times in the season, but too often was unable to make it a consistent part of his game. He was a monster on the glass, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game, while adding 10.7 points. His contributions go far beyond the stats, though. He contributed unselfishly, often coming off the bench. This earned him a spot on Sport’s Illustrated’s All-Glue Team, a team composed of players who did what their team needed them to regardless of what it was. James had a senior season he can be proud of.

J.P. Macura

Grade: B+

J.P. didn’t have a stellar start to the season, but his game picked up immensely towards the later stages of the season, particularly in the home win vs #1 ranked Villanova. His 19 points and three steals in that game spurred the team onto victory. He was a key role player for the Musketeers, being named Big-East Sixth Man of the Year. His 9.4 points and 2 assists per game provided a spark off the bench. Shooting 36% from behind the arc, Macura had fans out of their seats all season.

Chris Mack

Grade: A-

Mack led Xavier to their best regular season in history. They reached a school record-highest 5th in the national polls. They finished second in the Big East, finishing only behind future NCAA Champions Villanova. He led the Musketeers to a 90-83 victory over #1 ranked Villanova in late February. He did a decent recruiting job, given that the team was only set to lose three players, and signed three four-star players, all in the top 30 at their position. Despite all of Xavier’s regular season success, Mack was unable to lead the Musketeers to the promised land of the Sweet Sixteen, just about the only bad thing you can say about the season. He was awarded the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award, and was named Coach of the Year by many sports writers and magazines. He’s done a fine job building a team with a solid foundation for the future.

 

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