Monday, June 21, 2021


Andy Mac: Team 100 Update - The Summer Ahead
Talked with Travis Steele on Thursday evening, May 13th regarding Summer 2021 Plans and Goals. XU graduation is this weekend so Spring Classes are over. The 10 veteran scholarship players are headed home for a brief break (Super Seniors Paul Scruggs and Nate Johnson plus Juniors Zach Freemantle, Ben Stanley, Adam Kunkel and Jack Nunge plus Sophomores Colby Jones, Dwon Odom, Kyky Tandy and Dieonte Miles). They will be joined by Frosh Cesare Edwards and Elijah Tucker on campus in early June. All 12 will take Summer School Classes in either Session 1 or 2 or in some cases both. Most guys will be looking to gain 6 credits. NCAA allows 8 weeks of Summer basketball activity(8 hours/week-4 conditioning/weights-2 individual skills-2 full team). Players not taking class can lift and shoot on their own without coaches supervision. Travis anticipates a full normal Summer program with no COVID restrictions.

Andy Mac: Transfer Portal Update
1453 Players in the NCAA D-1 Basketball Transfer Portal as of Saturday, April 24. Players must enter their name by May 1st. NCAA Board of Directors gives final approval to 1st transfer without red shirt year on April 28-reportedly just a "rubber stamp" of NCAA Council's move. I have no "inside info" here, but I'm thinking Xavier could add another Grad Transfer Super Senior type from the portal. I'm thinking an experienced BIG(rim protector-rebounder type). It would be a one year commitment to add depth to BIG group. I may be totally wrong.

Andy Mac: Xavier TEAM 100 News - Injury, Scheduling, Big East Updates
Travis Steele has promoted Jonas Hayes to Associate Head Coach. Well deserved for one of the top recruiters and BIG MAN position coaches in NCAA. HUGE positive personality. FUN to be around. Vital cog in TEAM 100's development working w/ Power Forwards and Centers(Zach Freemantle, Jack Nunge, Ben Stanley, Dieonte Miles, Cesare Edwards). Travis is sorting through many options to replace both assistant coach Ben Johnson(now Minnesota head man) and admin assistant Matthew Graves (now Indiana State assistant coach). Interest is high for both jobs. Candidates are many. Expect May hires?

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XU Women Edged by St. John's in BIG EAST Tournament
Xavier women's basketball dropped a 65-57 contest to No. 8 seed St. John's on Friday in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. Xavier falls to 5-10 on the year, while the Red Storm improved to 8-14. A'riana Gray finished with a team-high 18 points and seven rebounds. The senior forward added two assists and two steals while Kae Satterfield posted 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting. She added six rebounds.

Lady Musketeers Win Senior Day Finale Against Georgetown
Senior forward A'riana Gray posted her 28th career double-double on Sunday afternoon, leading the Xavier women's basketball team to a 58-48 win over Georgetown on Senior Day. Xavier improved to 5-9 (2-8 BIG EAST), while the Hoyas dropped to 2-14 (2-14 BIG EAST). Gray finished with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. She matched her career high in assists with seven. Xavier clinched the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament they will play either St. John's (with a loss on Monday) or Providence (with a St. John's win on Monday). The Musketeers will play in the opening game on Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

X Beaten by No. 1 UConn
Xavier women's basketball dropped an 83-32 BIG EAST matchup vs No. 1 UConn on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. The Musketeers moved to 4-7 (1-6 BIG EAST), while the Huskies improved to 18-1 (15-0 BIG EAST). The Huskies led from start to finish being a .508 field-goal percentage. UConn also forced 18 Xavier turnovers, converting the miscues into 29 points. Xavier travels to Butler on Monday for its next game. Tip time is 6 p.m.

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