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The Muskies starting 5 this fall

Posted by Josh on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Under: Recruiting/Roster Updates
There's lots of time and practices before the season starts in November but here's a very, very early prediction for the starting 5 when the season starts.

Guard - JR, Dee Davis
Guard - SO, Semaj Christon
Forward - JR, Justin Martin
Forward - SR, Isaiah Philmore
Center - JR, Matt Stainbrook

Christon, Philmore, and Stainbrook were named team captains for this coming season which makes sense. I think all 3 will be big-time contributors on the floor this season. The reigning Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year, Christon, will have a year of experience under his belt and another summer of workouts and practice with his teammates. Hopefully knocking on the door to compete for a starting guard position will be Freshman Brandon Randolph. I say hopefully as I never expect a Freshman to start at Xavier. But, as we saw with Semaj last year, we know it's a possibility. Myles Davis, a red-shirt Freshman who was not eligible to play this past year, is a shooting guard who will have the tall task of trying to edge Dee, Semaj, and Brandon for playing time.

As far as the forwards and center go, a lot of XU fans are looking forward to getting redshirt Freshman Jalen Reynolds to play this season. Reynolds played on the same team as Michigan Freshman Mitch McGary last year and occasionally started ahead of McGary, an impressive feat. Reynolds has a huge wingspan and is very athletic. Transfer Chris Cantino will be eligible this year and, along with Freshman Kamall Richards, will likely be behind Justin Martin on the depth chart at the 3 spot. James Farr will hopefully see more of the court his Sophomore year but will certainly need to improve on the defensive end.

Walk-on Landen Amos and walk-on-turned-scholarship player Erik Stenger return for their Senior seasons. Both guys go all out on the court, making them tough to keep off the floor. But with Davis, Randolph, Reynolds, and Richards, Chris Mack will have many talented young options at his dispense this year so Amos and Stenger will have an uphill battle for PT.

Even if Stenger is awarded a scholarship this year, the Muskies still have one spot open for their 2013-2014 roster. There are lots of Division I players in the process of transferring right now so there are endless possibilities as to who could fill that spot, if anyone. We'll keep you posted.
Is it November yet??? GO MUSKIES!

In : Recruiting/Roster Updates 

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