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Farewell, Zach Hankins!

Farewell, Zach Hankins!

A grad transfer from DII and a fanbase that loves cult heroes turned out to be a perfect match. How do you take your inspirational stories? Xavier and transfers have provided plenty. There was the irrepressible Matt Stainbrook coming from the MAC with bowties, Uber driving (no, it’s true!), and cutting weight to become a post passing wizard capable of running with Arizona for 34 minutes. Malcolm Bernard came in from the hinterlands of Division One and left after a brilliant Sweet 16 game and a mad, gleeful dash into the history books. Zach Hankins, however, came even farther in his trip...
Banners On The Parkway Apr 12, 2019
Elias Harden Enters Name Into Transfer Portal

Elias Harden Enters Name Into Transfer Portal

Elias Harden has reportedly entered his name in the transfer portal, per Shannon Russell. Harden joins Keonte Kennedy and walkon Nick Vanderpohl in Musketeers that have entered the transfer portal this spring. .@EliasHarden4 joins @XavierMBB player @KeonteKennedy in the transfer portal. Walk-on @NVanderpohl5 (Nick Vanderpohl) was in the portal but recently announced he's playing at Thomas More.— Shannon Russell (@slrussell) April 12, 2019 Harden’s announcement comes just a day after Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs, and Quentin Goodin declared for the NBA draft, and two days after...
Banners On The Parkway Apr 12, 2019
Farewell, Ryan Welage!

Farewell, Ryan Welage!

The rail thin sniper from Indiana lived up to his billing as a three point threat in his lone season at Cintas. Ryan Welage could have stayed at San Jose State. With a bevy of records in his sights and another crack at a schedule he had proven he could dominate, it might have been tempting for the skinny kid from Indiana with the face of a choir boy to stick with the easy and comfortable path for his final season of eligibility. Instead, he left a program where he was 1-28 in tier A and B games in his first three seasons and headed to a program trying to pick up the pieces after some of the...
Banners On The Parkway Apr 11, 2019
Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs, Quentin Goodin Declare for NBA Draft

Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs, Quentin Goodin Declare for NBA Draft

As expected, Naji Marshall, Paul Scruggs, and Quentin Goodin have declared for the NBA draft along with Tyrique Jones. None of them will hire agents, per Jeff Goodman. Xavier quartet of Paul Scruggs, Naji Marshall, Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones will all declare for the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. All likely to return to return to school — barring something crazy.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 11, 2019 Players have until ten days after the NBA combine, on May 19th, on May 29th to withdraw from the draft and return to school. As Goodman states in the tweet, all four are...
Cincinnati Enquirer Apr 10, 2019
Xavier Musketeers forward Tyrique Jones declares for the 2019 NBA Draft

Xavier Musketeers forward Tyrique Jones declares for the 2019 NBA Draft

Xavier forward Tyrique Jones announced Wednesday on Instagram that hes declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. That doesnt mean his college career is over         
Banners On The Parkway Apr 10, 2019
Tyrique Jones declares for the NBA Draft

Tyrique Jones declares for the NBA Draft

Xavier’s glass eating forward is having a look at the next level. Tyrique Jones took to Instagram this afternoon to announce that he is entering the NBA Draft without an agent. View this post on Instagram First off I want to thank God because without him I wouldn’t be in this position. Secondly I want to thank my mother for teaching me to remain humble and true to myself. Lastly I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and fans for believing in me and allowing me to be myself every night I step on the court. Playing in the NBA has always been a dream...
Banners On The Parkway Apr 10, 2019
Farewell, Kyle Castlin!

Farewell, Kyle Castlin!

Brought in because he had a pulse and eligibility, Kyle Castlin kept popping up in the right places when Xavier needed him most. Coming off of two-injury shortened seasons at a low-level Ivy League school, Kyle Castlin was an unknown commodity when he signed with Xavier in April of 2018. We knew he could shoot well at that level when healthy. He rebounded a little, distributed a little, and didn’t turn the ball over much. It was a big ask for him to make a leap from the team that finished 231st in the KenPom to one that was coming off of a Big East championship and a one-seed. The season...
Cincinnati Enquirer Apr 5, 2019
Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team will travel to Spain for 3 games this summer

Xavier Musketeers men's basketball team will travel to Spain for 3 games this summer

Xaviers mens basketball team will travel to Spain this summer for the programs first international trip since Brazil in 2014         
Tyrique Jones’ Underrated Season

Tyrique Jones’ Underrated Season

Zach Hankins rightfully got a lot of publicity, but Xavier's returning big man quietly bathed himself in glory this year. It was quite a season for the Musketeers. With everything that was going on this year, between the new coaches, players taking on new roles across the board, appearance in the Maui invitational, a couple of close calls in the other non-conference games, the six game losing and the incredible turnaround after it, it’s easy to forget some of the individual performances the players put on. Naji Marshall took a big leap this season, playing incredible defense and getting...
Banners On The Parkway Mar 28, 2019
Who should Xavier add?

Who should Xavier add?

Xavier comes into the offseason with one open scholarship spot and a team with few obvious holes. Xavier and Travis Steele entered this season with a cupboard stripped beyond bare and an incoming class of exactly two players. While every new coach faces challenges in his first year, Steele faced the prospect of actually having to build a roster to then see what his challenges would be. To do that, Xavier hit the grad transfer market. Now, a season later, Zach Hankins has added himself to the list of Musketeer cult heroes, and Ryan Welage and Kyle Castlin each had moments where they kept a...
Banners On The Parkway Mar 27, 2019
Keonte Kennedy Enters Transfer Portal

Keonte Kennedy Enters Transfer Portal

Freshman guard Keonte Kennedy has entered the transfer portal. Kennedy took time away from the team for personal reasons on Feb. 20th. Kennedy saw action in 22 games before leaving, averaging more than 12 minutes a game. However, before he left, Kennedy had found playing time hard to come by, playing more than 10 minutes just twice in eight conference games. He failed to see any time in the home loss to Marquette. He averaged 2.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists a game while shooting 33.3/25.7/20.0. Kennedy committed to Xavier in fall of 2017 before getting released from his...
Cincinnati Enquirer Mar 27, 2019
Xavier basketball freshman Keonte Kennedy enters the NCAA transfer portal

Xavier basketball freshman Keonte Kennedy enters the NCAA transfer portal

Xavier confirmed Wednesday that freshman basketball player Keonte Kennedy has entered the NCAA transfer portal to explore other options         
Banners On The Parkway Mar 25, 2019
A strange end

A strange end

Xavier’s season didn’t end in the way we’ve come to expect Xavier’s season ended in a backwater. Far from the bright lights of Columbus and other first weekend sites, the Musketeers fought and lost in front of less than 2,000 fans. A disjointed season came to an end on a Sunday afternoon on ESPN. For Zach Hankins, Ryan Welage, and Kyle Castlin, it was more than just a season, it was a career. All three came to Xavier, undoubtedly, for the chance to play in the NCAA tournament. Instead, they ended up in Austin, Texas playing in a game that even the home team’s fans didn’t care...
Cincinnati Enquirer Mar 25, 2019
A look at head coach Travis Steele's first season leading the Xavier Musketeers

A look at head coach Travis Steele's first season leading the Xavier Musketeers

Travis Steeles first season came with its own set of doubts and difficulty. There was failure, success and navigating change.         
Banners On The Parkway Mar 25, 2019
A look ahead at Team 98 for Xavier Basketball

A look ahead at Team 98 for Xavier Basketball

This season has come to an end, but Team 97 left its mark on Xavier basketball. They also laid the groundwork for a potentially immediate return to the ranks of the elite for Team 98. We will be back with our annual audience survey regarding how you rate every member of the roster and our farewells to the seniors, but for now let's take just a brief moment to look a little bit farther down the road for Xavier. We hate to do this at the end of March, but it's just because we're so excited for the start of November. Here we go. What's leaving Grad transfers Zach Hankins, Ryan Welage, and Kyle...

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