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Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports I was hoping to leave my “Xavierona” portmanteau in the drafts folder all season. First, the news: pic.twitter.com/UyWwXqmy2W— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) November 24, 2020 That’s pretty much the only information we have now. Could be the walk-ons; could be three starters. Could involve Ben Stanley and Adam Kunkel, the Schroedinger’s players of this roster that exist in some weird limbo between existing and a redshirt. We just don’t know who is involved. What we do know is that this illustrates just how fragile the...
Banners On The Parkway Nov 23, 2020
The NCAA showcases its cruelty the week games start

The NCAA showcases its cruelty the week games start

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via There was no reason for the NCAA to hurt Ben Stanley, they just did it because they could. It’s hard not to imagine Ben Stanley as a happy young man at this time last year. He was returning to Hampton, and HBCU with a solid basketball program, as a sophomore. His basketball future seemed set as he was preparing to make a big jump and land a starting spot. His scholastic endeavors were also going well and he was making good progress toward a degree in political science. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Hampton changed their...
Cincinnati Enquirer Nov 23, 2020
Roster breakdown: A look at what Xavier basketball has in the rotation for 2020-21

Roster breakdown: A look at what Xavier basketball has in the rotation for 2020-21

With Xavier set to open the 2020-21 season Wednesday against Oakland at Cintas Center, here's a breakdown of the Musketeers' roster        
Banners On The Parkway Nov 20, 2020
NCAA finally gets around to tossing a coin, denies Ben Stanley's waiver

NCAA finally gets around to tossing a coin, denies Ben Stanley's waiver

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports This makes no sense, which is right in line with the NCAA's decision making on most things. First, the news: pic.twitter.com/kM5Y3dfVxI— Travis Steele (@CoachSteeleXU) November 20, 2020 On July 29th, Ben Stanley committed his basketball and academic future to Xavier. After a breakout campaign at Hampton as a sophomore, he was looking for a place to test himself against the best the basketball world has to offer, and the Big East was the obvious place to do that. Additionally, with the coronavirus pandemic (perhaps you've heard of it?)...
Cincinnati Enquirer Nov 20, 2020
Xavier forward Ben Stanley's waiver request denied by the NCAA

Xavier forward Ben Stanley's waiver request denied by the NCAA

Xavier had high hopes for transfer Ben Stanley this season, but those hopes will have to wait a year after Stanley's waiver was denied by the NCAA        
Cincinnati Enquirer Nov 19, 2020
Xavier basketball: 5 questions facing the Musketeers in the 2020-21 season

Xavier basketball: 5 questions facing the Musketeers in the 2020-21 season

Every team has questions it faces heading into a new season. These are the questions the Xavier Musketeers need to answer in 2020-21        
Banners On The Parkway Nov 19, 2020
Will, or should, Paul Scruggs lead Xavier in scoring this season?

Will, or should, Paul Scruggs lead Xavier in scoring this season?

The heart and soul of Xavier | Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Paul Scruggs can get his when he wants it. It will be on the team not to put him in that position. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats...
Banners On The Parkway Nov 16, 2020
Does Nate Johnson solve Xavier’s biggest problems?

Does Nate Johnson solve Xavier’s biggest problems?

Photo by Lance King/ The Gardner Webb transfer can do two things Xavier has struggled with, shoot the ball and play defense. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats that Covid brings, so this will be the only mention of...
Banners On The Parkway Nov 13, 2020
Can Jason Carter shoot well enough to be the steady performer Xavier needs?

Can Jason Carter shoot well enough to be the steady performer Xavier needs?

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Jason Carter has the potential to stand in the vital gap between Xavier’s stars and the rotation. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats that Covid brings, so this will be the only mention...
Cincinnati Enquirer Nov 7, 2020
What we learned: Xavier Musketeers show off 'a lot of firepower' in scrimmage at Cintas Center

What we learned: Xavier Musketeers show off 'a lot of firepower' in scrimmage at Cintas Center

The first glimpse of Xavier's men's basketball team was on display Saturday in an inter-squad scrimmage at Cintas Center. This is who stood out.        
Can Bryan Griffin make the transition to DI?

Can Bryan Griffin make the transition to DI?

Things look a little different in DII | Photo by A.J. Mast/NCAA Photos via Not every player is Zach Hankins, not every player should be expected to be. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats that Covid brings, so this...
Is Zach Freemantle actually Xavier’s breakout player?

Is Zach Freemantle actually Xavier’s breakout player?

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Andy Katz called Paul Scruggs a “breakout” candidate. He’s sleeping on Xavier’s big from New Jersey. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats that Covid brings, so this will be the only...
Cincinnati Enquirer Nov 2, 2020
'The ultimate gym rat': How sophomore Zach Freemantle became a Xavier basketball captain

'The ultimate gym rat': How sophomore Zach Freemantle became a Xavier basketball captain

"Every day he gives me a new reason to be excited about him personally, but also about our team."        
Banners On The Parkway Oct 29, 2020
Andy Katz has tabbed Paul Scruggs as a breakout player

Andy Katz has tabbed Paul Scruggs as a breakout player

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports Come on, son. First, the news: Who will have a breakout season? @TheAndyKatz shared his top picks on the #MM365 pod! https://t.co/zpcSxPxl97 pic.twitter.com/aybXK5aBBl— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 29, 2020 Okay, great for Paul for getting some national recognition, but... he posted 12.7/4.5/2.9 on a bubble team in one of the toughest conferences in the nation last year. He was the only consistent offensive threat on the team from outside of layup range, and he also doubled as a junkyard dog of a perimeter defender on the other...
Banners On The Parkway Oct 29, 2020
Will Kyky Tandy make the leap to being a star?

Will Kyky Tandy make the leap to being a star?

Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports Tandy came in with a lot of hype and flickered through an injury shortened season, but the potential for stardom is there. Rather than a full on preview for each player on the roster this year we will be attempting to focus on one question that will determine how the player might fit on the team. The questions aren’t designed to carry either a positive or negative connotation, just really suss out how the roster is built. We’ll start with the freshman and build on to the players everyone knows. We know and you know the caveats that Covid brings, so...

Musketeers Player News

  • 1 Ben Stanley

    Ben Stanley

    Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

  • 1 Adam Kunkel

    Adam Kunkel

    Three Musketeers have been quarantined due to covid-positive contacts

  • KyKy Tandy

    KyKy Tandy

    Will Kyky Tandy make the leap to being a star?

  • Paul Scruggs

    Paul Scruggs

    Will, or should, Paul Scruggs lead Xavier in scoring this season?

  • Zach Freemantle

    Zach Freemantle

    Is Zach Freemantle actually Xavier’s breakout player?

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