Senior Seminar: Another Crack at Ranking the Players

Being the emotional sports sap that I am (I tear up every time I watch ESPN’s ‘Images of the Decade’), I wanted a nice way to put a cap on my last year of Xavier Basketball as a student. The best way I thought I could do this was to go back through and rank all the human beings that had played basketball at Xavier from Fall 2013 to Spring 2017.

Now to steal a bit from 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. Each player has affected me one way or the other (on and off the court), earning them their ranking on this list.”

  1. Kamall Richards

  • Airballed three, steal, missed dunk, torn ACL, transfer. #TellAStoryInEightWords
  1. Andrew Mitchell

  • Highly questionable if he really had any business walking on at a DII university, but what do I know.
  1. Landon Amos

  • Honestly don’t ever remember him playing.
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Proof.
  1. Alex Bergen

  • Only thing I know about him is that he has a huge truck that has no reason to be in a city of more than 2,000 people.
  1. Ashanti Burgess

  • I guess he gets to say he was a D1 athlete for one season.
  1. Conor Peterson and Leighton Schrand (Tie)

  • If you put both Peterson and Schrand in front of me and asked me to say which one was which, I don’t think I could do it. All I know is that Malcolm tackled one of them after the win vs. Arizona.

  1. Cullen Barr

  • Dunked on me multiple times in intramurals, co-ed edition, so he gets knocked down the list for that.
  1. Tim Stainbrook

  • Tim is the second best Stainbrook to ever play for Xavier, so he’s got that going for him.

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  1. Tim Whelan

  • Scored one career point, which to me seems cooler than two or three; definitely cooler than zero. I hope his resume header reads, “Timofey X. Whelan: Scored One More College Basketball Point Than You.”
  1. Kevin Coker

  • Unlike Landon, I remember him playing, but what I don’t remember is him every putting up a shot.
  1. Erik Stenger

  • Lock-down defensively but the offense would probably have been more effective playing 4-on-5 with him on the court.
  1. Makinde London

  • Never lived up to the enormous potential here at Xavier, which led to his career highlight (in my mind) being our Marketing professor calling him London Makinde for a full semester to his face without ever being corrected.
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Dude was just long as all hell
  1. Brandon Randolph

  • Had a very similar career path to #19 on this list, showed great flashes but never was allowed to prove himself. Word on the street is he almost messed around and had a near triple-double at whatever school he transferred to.
  1. Larry Austin, Jr.

  • Though I did cruelly nickname him ‘Larry Awful, Jr.’ for a short period of time due to his propensity to get packed whilst attempting layups, he impressed me at the end of the 2015-16 season and I have to say I was disappointed when he left for Vandy. He also gets to claim that he was the focus of the greatest picture in Xavier Basketball history:

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  1. RaShid Gaston

  • Real mixed bag here, I bought into the transfer hype hard, and man was I unimpressed early on. But he rebounded well (literally and metaphorically) at the start of conference play, before he lost his playing time to ‘Big Dog’ (#13) and ‘Little Big Dog’ (#14).
  1. Quentin Goodin

  • My first impression of him was that he was too jacked to shoot a basketball from more than six feet away, as his biceps were as big as my head. But he led the team admirably after the departure of Myles Davis and the injury to Edmond Sumner. I would put money on him moving up this list if I weren’t a senior. Also won points in my book by saying Patrick Beverly was his least favorite NBA player because “he plays like a crackhead.”
  1. Justin Martin

  • Boy, could he score. That’s about it though.
  1. Isaiah Philmore

  • Could have averaged at least 6.3 more PPG if he ever learned to pump fake. Rocked the hell out of the rec-specs though.
  1. Tyrique Jones

  • He may have been a walking foul for 75% of his freshman season, but he easily makes up for it with highlight reel blocks and dunks. See below.

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  1. Sean O’Mara

  • Also a walking foul for roughly 2.5 seasons, he had every post move in the book but the touch just wasn’t there most of the time. Showed up in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and slid up the list because I can’t fight recency bias as well as Kyle could in his Senior Seminar.
  1. Remy Abell

  • Lockdown ‘D’ with the occasion miracle 3. Can’t ask for too much more than that. #GIG
  1. Malcolm Bernard

  • Essentially Remy, but with a less ugly looking jumper, and he got way more boards. ‘Greenroom’ also had a coming out part in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which isn’t the worst time to peak.

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Xavier

  1. Kaiser Gates

  • Interestingly dubbed the “best shooter on the team” (see: #11 Xavier vs. #3 Florida St.) by Coach Mack, once he recovered from the knee injury he put up a solid season sophomore season. I’m expecting big things in the future.
  1. Jalen Reynolds

  • Left one year too soon. Take advice from your fellow Jalen: Keep getting’ dem check and techs, young man.

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  1. Myles Davis

  • Great, clutch teammate; below average person. Win some. Lose some.
  1. James “Wild Jim” Farr

  • I once thought about writing a book series on Farr: “The Rise of James Farr”, “The Fall of James Farr”, “The Return of Jimmy”, and “The Redemption of Wild Jim: Farr 2 Good.” Never came to fruition though, probably the greatest disappointment of my professional career up to this point.

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  1. Darwin “Dee” Davis, Jr.

  1. J.P. Macura

  • Long sleeves, long range, nuff said. Thought for sure he was going to get himself punched in the face during every single game, unbelievable swagger. I also maintain that he was the best overall basketball player on both Team 94 and Team 95.
  1. Semaj Christon

  • Sometimes I lay awake at night thinking about what could have happened if he stuck around for his junior year instead of making $12,000 in the D-League.
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Jokes on me, I guess.
  1. Trevon Blueitt

  • Showed such great flashes of brilliance, even for extended periods of time (see: NCAA Tournament, 2017) but I always felt like there was a consistency left to be desired. Still ranks as an all-time great no matter if he decides to play one more year or not.
  1. Matt Stainbrook

  • For as much flak as he caught for being a goofy, fat, bearded, white guy who drove Uber’s — the dude could ball. In a mid-season version of these rankings I made for myself I said, “If he were on Team 95, it’s an Elite 8 caliber team.”  Let’s just say that hot take didn’t age too well.
  1. Edmond Sumner

  • Most explosive player I have ever seen play college basketball in person. Wish he could have been a part of the 2017 NCAA Tournament run and Team 96, but I wish him the best in pro ball.

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This Xavier team has given fans some cause for concern, but there has been much reassurance that it’s still only December. So, when Eastern Washington exploded out to a 22-11 lead in the first half, worry filled the Twitosphere that Xavier was in trouble of dropping a buy game to the Eagles. Xavier’s shots weren’t falling, and it seemed like Eastern Washington could chuck it up from anywhere and it would find the bottom of the net. Continue reading “Xavier Flies Past Eagles and Into Conference Play”

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What’s a Ute? That and More on Today’s Game

What’s a Ute?

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Don’t Worry. Onwards and Upwards.

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Musketeers Return Cornsword to Cintas in Win over Panthers

The inaugural Cornsword trophy has found a home in Cincinnati after Xavier’s 64-42 victory over the Northern Iowa Panthers. The Musketeers, who beat the Panthers in the Tire Pros Invitation championship game on Sunday, move to 6-0 on the season. Continue reading “Musketeers Return Cornsword to Cintas in Win over Panthers”

Xavier > Missouri = Survive and Advance

Ok, everybody do it with me. Breathe in…1…2…3…breathe out…1…2…3. Xavier won the game, and that’s what matters. It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day Xavier had more points than the other guys, and that means the Musketeers will advance to take on Clemson tomorrow. Continue reading “Xavier > Missouri = Survive and Advance”