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Our first look at this fall's team

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Under: Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc.
Guards: Dee Davis, Brad Redford, Myles Davis, and Semaj Christon

Forwards: Dez Wells, Justin Martin, Jeff Robinson, Travis Taylor, Isaiah Philmore, Jalen Reynolds, James Farr, and walk-on Erik Stenger

With 4 of last year's starting 5 gone, the Muskies have lots of holes to fill.  This will be a very young team so there will be a lot of uncertainty.  But these young guys were highly recruited so their potential is through the roof.  One thing is for sure, Dez Wells will be starting on day 1. The rest is up for debate.  

Guards - Dee Davis has a year of experience under his belt so common sense would say he gets the start at point guard.  However, Semaj Christon is extremely talented and plays PG as well.  Although Mack doesn't normally teach freshmen 2 positions, I could see Davis starting at point and Christon at SG.  Redford's knee will soon be at 2 years since the ACL injury and Mack has mentioned he's happy with his progression on defense.  Freshman Myles Davis is a great shooter and will be fighting for minutes from the bench.


Forwards - Wells will start every game, the only question will be whether he starts learning more SG in addition to playing at SF. Depending on whether Wells is playing shooting guard or small forward, the final 2 (or 3) starting spots for big men will likely be a battle among Jeff Robinson, Justin Martin, Travis Taylor, and Isaiah Philmore.  Philmore sat out last year after transferring and is getting hyped.  Robinson and Taylor enter their senior seasons, when Xavier big men typically shine their brightest.  Martin could be the wildcard here.  He didn't garner many minute in the regular season as a freshmen but gave us a peek at his potential during the tourney.  Reynolds and Farr, incoming freshmen, and Stenger, a solid transfer in from NKU, will be in an uphill battle to try to break into the rotation of big men.

It should be very exciting to see the competition for the starting 5 and who contributes off the bench.  Musketeer Madness is roughly 4 months away.  It can't get here soon enough.  

There's a lot that can change in those 4 months.  Here's our June guess of the starting 5 for the November opener:
G - Dee Davis
G - Semaj Christon
F - Dez Wells
F - Isaiah Philmore
F - Jeff Robinson 


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