THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS. Trevon Bluiett is coming back for his final year at Xavier. After the interview he gave on Monday, it sounded like he was leaving. He said he felt confident that if he stayed in the draft he would be picked in the second round, and that he was using his workout with the Knicks on Wednesday to help him affirm his decision. This was an all-time troll move from Tre, but who cares. HE’S BACK.
We get ANOTHER season of Tre cookin up the Big East. He gets to play in another Shootout at home. Remember the 40 points he scored last time he played UC? He gets another shot at the NCAA tournament. Come on…we could have even more Musketeer Moments???
So you’re telling me we have Trevon, JP, Kaiser, Sean, Quentin, and Tyrique to go along with Paul Scruggs, Naji Marshall, Jared Ridder, Elias Harden, Big K, AND Karem Kanter?? FEED ME WINS.
Seriously though, the bar just got raised in the Big East. A potential Big East Player of the Year candidate, Trevon is bringing so much to the table. He will start next year ranked 15th on the all-time scoring list with 1,585 career points. He made the first team All Big East team for the second year in a row, the All-Big East Tournament team this year, and he made the All-West Regional team after leading the Muskies to the Elite 8. The ceiling is the roof for Xavier.
Before the Arizona game, Tre wrote the article below. Now he has a chance to finish his Xavier career in style, and possibly as one of the greatest Musketeers to have ever worn a Xavier uniform. 151 days until Musketeer Madness.
Ben Baumeister gives us the final edition of this year’s “Senior Seminar” series.
People always ask me, “why did you choose Xavier?” For most people my answer is that I loved the campus and class sizes and I loved the opportunities Xavier would potentially give to me. All of this is true, but the big reason? The basketball team. There’s just something so special about Xavier Basketball.
So with a month left until I graduate (hopefully), there is no better way to reflect than ranking all the Xavier Basketball players that passed through Cintas in my four years here. As that one weird kid from southern Oregon said in the first senior seminar, “this is my freaking list. It is not your list, it is not your roommate’s list, it is not your dad’s list.”
Let’s go X.
33.) Andrew Mitchell
One time, while working at the Xavier ticket office, I made AF show ID to pick up his player tickets at will call. And that sums up his basketball career at X.
32.) Ashanti Burgess
Talked a lot of trash at IM basketball games and couldn’t even back it up when he was playing out of shape college kids whose jump shots are broker than my bank account.
31.) Conor Peterson
Honestly not sure who he was, except that he got tackled after the Arizona game. Horrible exclusion from One Shining Moment.
Had a SPMG class with him once. Seemed like a nice guy.
29.) Leighton Schrand
My man may look like he’s 12, but good lord does he have handles for days. Hey Ashanti, have Leighton teach you something. it may help your IM team next year.
28.) Landen Amos
Solid on the defensive end when he played.
27.) Cullen Barr
Honest to god, Cullen has to hold the record for most IM championships. Like we get it Cullen, you’re good at sports. Let someone else win, like maybe Ashanti.
26.) Kevin Coker
Kevin was a solidish basketball player. That’s really all I got. #GoodDude
25.) Tim Whelan
Jacked. Absolutely jacked. Also still want to know who would win a game of one on one between him and his brother.
24.) Justin Martin
I wanted to put him last so so badly. Justin Martin was the worst. Had the decision making skills of Kyle Tooley when he’s had eight Rhinegheist Truths. How many games did this man take us out of with his god awful shots and turnovers? Oh and that NC State game… He’s just the worst.
23.) Kamall Richards
A scholarship player that just never panned out.
22.) Tim Stainbrook
My man earned and worked hard to get a scholarship his senior year. Hey Ashanti, you still taking notes?
21.) Brandon Randolph
To be honest, I don’t know what Jack was talking about when he said “showed great flashes.” All I can remember is several turnovers and how the press turned Brandon Randolph into a youth church league basketball player.
20.) Rashid Gaston
Remember how much hype there was for Shid? Well..
However, his name (and some other things) were the inspiration behind the name of my championship winning fantasy football team this year.
19.) Isaiah Philmore
Just could never make a layup.
18.) Makinde London
Man I loved Makinde. 6-foot player stuck in a 6’10 body. Remember that no look pass he had to Sean O’Mara? How many players on this list could say they’ve made ESPN’s top ten plays?
17.) Larry Austin Jr.
He just was never good. I don’t care what you people say, his hair looked like he was wearing a chia pet and he got blocked every time he went inside the arch.
16.) Tyrique Jones
Mini Jalen? The dunks and blocks this man had were just so much fun to watch. Oh and he dunked on his family. Baller.
15.) Erik Stenger
I LOVE the Stengray. I don’t remember seeing a player play as hard and as selfless as this man. Some may say it was because he had zero offensive ability, so he had to be good at something. I, however, believe that he played extra hard on the defensive end and not at all on the offensive end to balance out J-Mart.
14.) Malcom “Greenroom” Bernard
For a senior transfer, Malcom really bought into the Xavier way of basketball. He played hard, had a good shot and was a leader. Now I would bet my life he doesn’t get drafted but man was he a blessing for Xavier this year.
13.) Kaiser Gates
Kaiser was one of the hardest players to rank. So many times I find myself wondering why he has been called the best shooter on the team, but then he goes nuts and I fall in love all over again.
12.) Quentin Goodin
At the beginning of the year Q was on pace to become the next B-Rand and LAJ. But then ED went down and we all saw why he was the Gatorade Kentucky Boys Player of the Year in 2016. Huge part of this year’s run and for that I am always going to like him.
11.) Sean O’Mara
Much like Q, the beginning of the year was suspect. But man did Sean play well down the stretch. If you hit the game winning shot in the sweet sixteen, you’re doing something right. Also, Sean has been in several of my SPMG groups. Really nice guy and just a likeable person.
Some would say Remy played “Erik Stenger defense.” Well okay, maybe that’s just me. Anyways Remy played great defense and made some big threes in his career. Also he falls at #1 on my power ranking of Ugliest Xavier Basketball Player Shots.
9.) Myles Davis
Remember the brother in law from the Godfather, Carlo Rizzi? Myles is Carlo. Got put in the best possible situation to become great, instead made some very poor decisions that would lead to an epic demise. If only Myles could have been more of a family man.
Side note: Myles’ three against Georgetown to give us the lead in 2014 was one of the best moments I’ve ever witnessed in Cintas. What could have been.
8.) Jalen Reynolds
Freshman year one of my good friends and I found ourselves at Currito (Currito>Chipotle) one Saturday night after a few too many Capri suns. My friend saw Jalen and runs up to him and goes, “Jalen, I’m your biggest fan!” Jalen turns and looks at him and says, “No, I’m your biggest fan.” Great guy. Awesome basketball player. Jalen, will always be one of my favorites.
7.) J.P Macura
Shooters shoot. Man could JP light it up. What might be better than his shooting ability? The amount of trash this man talked was amazing. I remember during the Team 94 season JP hit a three I front of St. Johns bench and then turned to them and said to the bench, “take notes”. Absolute legend.
6.) James Farr
Jack Spooner’s book series on Wild Jim would have been amazing. Someone needs to make this happen immediately.
5.) Edmond Sumner
Every time Ed went to the paint I thought his life might be in danger. His explosiveness is off the charts. His dunk against UC during the 2015-16 season was also the greatest moment of my four years as a Xavier Basketball fan. Great guy and I wish him all the best at the next level.
4.) Matt Stainbrook
The player Przemek Karnowski wishes he was. I’m sure Przemek has also become an Uber driver. The StainTrain was just the man. Loveable guy who made great decisions and somehow always got the ball in the hoop.
3.) Dee Davis
The Dee Davis game will forever be one of my favorite games I’ve seen. Beating that Mickie Mouse team from Clifton is always fun. Dee was a great leader and was the little guy with biggest heart. He also made Kyle Tooley’s day by tweeting at him. #bromance
2.) Semaj Christon
Imagine that 2013-14 team without Semaj. This man just always found a way to score and I would even argue he has better finishing abilities in the paint than Ed. I wish he would have stayed, but you can’t win them all. Also, shoutout to Semaj for helping Russ break the triple-double record.
The clutchest basketball player I’ve seen in my four years here at X. Tre seemingly willed Xavier to victory this year because he knew he had to. Always made huge shots in the biggest moments. When can we start talking about him as one of the Xavier greats?
I’m not one to read into any signs, but Tre was in my class a couple weeks ago to take a sport law test. You all can read into this more.
Take a step back and think back to Veteran’s Day of 2016, when Lehigh entered the Cintas Center for the first game of the 2016-2017 men’s basketball season. Expectations were unbounded – this was a team coming off one of their best years in program history. They were ranked in the top 10 to begin the year, and there was no reason to believe this group of guys couldn’t compete for a Final Four. Continue reading “A Success After All: 2016-2017 in Review”→
Before we get into the actual dynamics of this Thursday’s game, there’s a post here that needs to be written. In doing some thinking and digging during the first 24 hours since we found out Xavier would be playing Maryland on Thursday, I noticed some incredible similarities between that team and this team. They are as follows: Continue reading “2015 vs. 2017 – The Similarities are Uncanny”→
Before the season began, I stepped back and took a look at what this Xavier team might be. Many national pundits believed this team would be as good, if not better, than last year’s team that was arguably the best in program history. The 2016-2017 version of the Musketeers was a consensus top-10 team that should only improve, not decline. I wasn’t exactly along the same wavelength, but I did think this was a top-20 team that would improve as the season went along. Whereas last year’s team lost four games in the regular season and six games total, I predicted eight regular season losses for this year because I thought there were too many variables; two grad transfers, two freshmen, a suspended senior leader, lack of depth, etc.
All season, I’ve written about staying positive through some of the losses. Finishing with two non-conference losses before conference play began (three including UC), was good, considering one of those losses was to a top-5 team. There was always still plenty of time to right the ship, plenty of time to turn things around, and numerous matchups against high-quality opponents left on the schedule.
Well, don’t look now, but there’s only three regular season games left, and one of those is against DePaul. I’m not here to hound this team or criticize. Coach Mack has done a fine job with the obstacles that have been thrown his way. Save for an 0-3 finish and a first round loss in the Big East tournament, this team will make the NCAA tournament.
I think I speak for a lot of people in saying that these games have been frustrating. BUT, everyone, it’s not time to capitulate, not time to wave the white flag, not time to look to next season. The most important games of the season are still on the horizon, and frankly, with a strong showing in March, the majority of these trials and tribulations will be lost in the wind.
Xavier redshirt sophomore point guard Edmond Sumner tore his ACL against St. John’s on Sunday, effectively ending his 2016-17 campaign. The Detroit, Mich., product was the team’s leader in assists and second on the team in points and steals. Continue reading “Sumner Tears ACL”→
Last night, after commiserating for about an hour after the heart-wrenching performance that had just been witnessed, I found myself needing some sustenance and decided on Currito. As I opened the door, the first words I heard were “life goes on” from the legendary song Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp. That caused me to stop, think, and reflect on both the game and the season as a whole. First, let’s take a look at this game. Continue reading “An Uppercut But Not a Knockout”→
You know what feels really great? Winning. When you win, the sky isn’t falling and things seem blissful and pleasant. When you lose, the world is collapsing before your eyes and the program might as well evaporate. Continue reading “Back on Track and Time to #BeatUC”→
All season if you’ve been reading posts on here, I’ve been talking about how there’s still plenty of time left and how this team hasn’t fully developed yet. Everywhere you turn, someone is second-guessing a tactical decision, complaining about a blown call, or questioning the tenacity of some of the guys. After four losses (all on the road), some concerns may be valid. To say that everything is fine when 58 points are surrendered in the second half would be both naive and a lie. But to say this is a lost team with little potential would also be far from accurate. Continue reading “Where Do Things Stand?”→