Andy Mac Notebook: Team 99 Update
By Andy Mac Williams, 11/17/2020

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Xavier Basketball TEAM 99 Update....8 days until the Opener Wednesday Nov. 25 vs Oakland (Horizon League) at Cintas-12 noon on FS1.

  • X expected to find out about Hampton transfer Ben Stanley's red shirt waiver in next 24 hours. Belmont transfer Adam Kunkel's paperwork was just submitted to NCAA. Kunkel had intended take a development red shirt, but NCAA's granting of blanket extra year of eligibility due to Covid changed the plan.
  • Muskies did experience a Covid shutdown early in September. Travis Steele feels that has underlined to his group how fragile the situation is and helped focus on basics of staying virus free.
  • Steele views NCAA's intent to stage 68 team NCAA Tourney at one site(Indianapolis) as a plus showing determination to get March Madness completed. Players now have confidence their goal will be a reality if they play well. 13 games is the minimum needed to get NCAA consideration. Xavier has 27 scheduled.

    More details from last Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage.
  • Grad transfer BIG Bryan Griffin posted a double-double. He's been the #2 rebounder during practice. Griffin is connecting the dots now defensively and earning trust.
  • Grad transfer Nate Johnson(6-4 2G-Gardiner Webb) scored 16 w/ 3 made 3s. All three frosh(PG Dwon Odom-Wings C.J. Wilcher and Colby Jones) have picked things up quickly and have earned trust defensively.
  • Jones scored 8 w/ 9 rebounds and 5 assists Saturday playing SF. Odom put constant pressure on the rim offensively and heated up opposing PG defensively.
  • Paul Scruggs has won Gold Jersey 3 of 4 weeks as best practice player assuming leadership role and making better decisions w/ the ball.
  • Only 300 fans will be allowed in Cintas for Oakland, Bradley and Toledo Nov 25-26 and 27. X experimented w/ adding crowd noise at scrimmage. Players will have to create their own momentum w/ small crowd.
  • NBA Draft is Wednesday at 7:30PM EST on ESPN. One BIG EAST player is considered a 1st Round lock Forward Saddiq Bey(Villanova) should go in Top 15.
  • Possible 2nd Rounders include DePaul PF Paul Reed, Creighton 2G Ty-shon Alexander and Xavier Wing Naji Marshall. Scoring guards Myles Powell(Seton Hall) and Marcus Howard(Marquette) are not projected in Top 60.

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