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    Selling Success (Shannon Russell)

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    One​ month after being​ hired​ away from​ the basketball staff​ of​ his alma mater at the​ University of​ Georgia,​​ Xavier assistant coach Jonas Hayes landed a dynamite commitment in class of 2019 small forward Elias King. It was a major coup for Hayes, head coach Travis Steele and the entire Xavier program, as King decommitted from Georgia between coaches and declared the Musketeers’ program a “perfect fit.”
    Then, a bombshell. King, who lived in Louisville until seventh grade, knew Xavier point guard Quentin Goodin and made an official visit to XU in early August, pivoted on his verbal pledge last week. He announced via Twitter that he was decommiting due to family reasons and less than 140 characters later, Xavier’s next class changed dramatically.
    Such is life on the recruiting trail, where strong relationships between coaches and recruits are painstakingly developed and nothing is official until players’ signed National Letters of Intent reach the schools. Losing King was not an isolated incident, even since spring. Xenia’s Samari Curtis committed to Xavier under Chris Mack last February, reopened his search in May and later landed at the University of Cincinnati.
    "He's a little bit ball-dominant, he needs to have the ball in his hands, and he's not a good shooter." Ball-dominant … isn't that a nice way of calling someone a ball hog? Where is my Jay Bilas Thesaurus?

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    So is the assumption here that Mack came in and stole this one with the Louisville connection? Is it only a matter of time before that verbal gets announced?

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    More like Tom Crean
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    Hate that Samari is going to UC. Travis needs to get a year or two under his belt before things settle down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olsingledigit View Post
    Hate that Samari is going to UC. Travis needs to get a year or two under his belt before things settle down.
    OSD: wanna guess what the recruiting angle was ? UC says we took Sean Kilpatrick from a one-handed SG to NBA PG while Xavier took high school all american Trevon Bluitt to no where. UC filled Curtiss' head with stuff that he would make NBA just like SK.
    I have seen only two great plays: Hamlet and put the ball into the basket

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    Not totally accurate. Kilpatrick went undrafted and didn’t sign a two way contract until the end of his second year in the d league and Trevon signed a two way contract immediately. On top of that, jp also has a two way and Jordan Crawford, Semaj, and Edmond all got drafted as sophomores.
    "The only time you take your hands off an opponent's throat is to get a better grip" - Byron Larkin

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    Quote Originally Posted by drudy23 View Post
    So is the assumption here that Mack came in and stole this one with the Louisville connection? Is it only a matter of time before that verbal gets announced?
    Don't think this is a safe assumption. Don't think anyone really knows.

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