Xavier Rumors & News

  • Trevon Bluiett to withdraw from NBA Draft, return to Xavier

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier's Trevon Bluiett said he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to the Musketeers for his junior season, ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reported via Twitter on Monday afternoon. The Enquirer's Shannon Russell reported in late March that Bluiett and red-shirt junior Jalen Reynolds would..." May 23

  • Xavier transfer Makinde London lands at Chattanooga

    Banners on the Parkway "Makinde's stated reason for transferring was to get closer to home, and good on the lad, because he's done just that. Chattanooga was a program on the rise under Will Wade, who jumped ship for the VCU job when it came open, and has continued to be under the direction of Matt McCall. McCall..." May 11

  • Report: Jalen Reynolds hires agent

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Jalen Reynolds revealed in March that he would be testing the NBA draft waters without hiring an agent, thus preserving his final year of eligibility in the event he wanted to return to Xavier. It appears that that ship has sailed. Per a report by Shams Charania, Reynolds has hired..." April 19

  • Xavier extends Chris Mack's contract through 2021-22

    The Score "Xavier and Chris Mack have agreed on a contract extension to keep the head coach with the program through the 2021-22 season. The deal adds an extra year to Mack's current contract. "We are proud of what this team achieved this season but are not satisfied," Mack said. "We have lofty goals for..." April 14

  • Xavier's Austin to transfer in search of playing time

    Cincinnati Enquirer "On the heels of Makinde London's decision to transfer, Xavier announced sophomore Larry Austin Jr. also will leave the program to play elsewhere. "Larry stated to us that he has a desire to transfer with a hope of getting more playing time," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "We appreciate Larry’s..." April 14

  • Xavier's Macura pulled down pants in Oakley bar

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier University basketball player J.P. Macura faces misdemeanor charges after court documents say he "did knowingly pull his pants down" in an Oakley bar early Thursday morning. The incident happened at R.P. McMurphy's Irish Pub on Wasson Road. Court documents say several people were present..." March 31

  • Xavier's Bluiett will test NBA draft waters; Sumner will not

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier sophomore Trevon Bluiett will test the NBA draft waters without hiring representation and teammate Edmond Sumner made clear he's not exploring that option just yet. Bluiett, who led Xavier in scoring with 15.1 points per game and earned All-Big East First Team honors, is not listed as a..." March 29

  • Koenig's buzzer-beater leads Wisconsin past Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Bronson Koenig had a simple instruction for teammate Ethan Happ as Wisconsin broke its huddle following a timeout with two seconds left Sunday night in a tie game. "If I'm open, pass me the ball," the Badgers junior guard said. Like any good freshman, Happ listened. Koenig..." March 21

  • Xavier controls Weber State to advance

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Although 15th-seeded Weber State rallied to make things interesting for most of the second half, 2nd-seeded Xavier remained in control throughout its first round game in the NCAA Tournament's East Region. An 8-0 run late in the half finally ended the Wildcats' hopes of the day's..." March 19

  • Seton Hall earns semifinal win over No. 5 Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington, separated by just a few stops on the subway growing up in Brooklyn, had a pact that they would be responsible for putting Seton Hall back on the Big East Conference landscape. The sophomore guards took a major step in that resurgence,..." March 12

  • Xavier stymies Marquette

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The defensive effort that eluded No. 5 Xavier in its final three regular-season games returned in a 90-72 victory over Marquette on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Musketeers (27-4) held Marquette to 38.1 percent from the..." March 10

  • No. 5 Musaketeers survive late run by Bluejays

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Xavier coach Chris Mack wasn't as concerned with Creighton scoring 93 points on Saturday as he was about how it all transpired. In the end, the Musketeers will take the win and the sliver of momentum it provides them heading into the Big East Conference tournament...." March 05

  • Seton Hall knocks off No. 5 Xavier

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- Seton Hall knocked off a top-5 team for only the sixth time in school history, turning back No. 5 Xavier with a wire-to-wire 90-81 win Sunday at the Prudential Center. The last time the Pirates (21-7, 11-5 Big East) defeated a highly ranked team was in 2014 when they thwarted..." February 28

  • No. 5 Xavier takes down No. 1 Villanova

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- There was no court-storming on Wednesday night at Cintas Center following fifth-ranked Xavier's win over No. 1-ranked Villanova. And while the public address announcer encouraged fans to remain in their seats, there was a sense that the Musketeers' goals are bigger than beating..." February 24

  • No. 8 Xavier cruises past Georgetown

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It was a career-high scoring day for Xavier guard Edmond Sumner. And it was a very good day for the No. 8 Musketeers bench, which scored 32 points in an 88-70 victory on Saturday over host Georgetown in Big East Conference play. "He was a roadrunner out there," Xavier coach..." February 20

  • Davis' triple-double carries No. 8 Xavier past No. 23 Providence

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Myles Davis came to Xavier with the reputation of being a dead-eye perimeter shooter. The junior guard has since improved in every facet. On Wednesday night, he did it all. Davis recorded Xavier's first triple-double in four years, and guard Trevon Bluiett had a..." February 17

  • Xavier does it on both sides of ball

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- High-percentage field goal shooting (56.9), including 9-of-18 from 3-point range, laid the victory foundation for No. 5 Xavier on Saturday at Butler, but it was the Musketeers' smothering defense that finished the project. Xavier used a 25-6 first-half closing run as the..." February 13

  • Xavier basketball inks two four-star recruits

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Verbal commitments by Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones have now been made official with signed letters of intent. Coach Chris Mack today announced the signings of Goodin, a 6-3, 190-pound point guard from Campbellsville, Kentucky, and Jones, a 6-7, 245-pound forward from Saxtons River,..." November 17

  • Xavier lands Class of 2016 center Eddie Ekiyor

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier's Class of 2106 grew by one today as coach Chris Mack and company added to the fold center Eddie Ekiyor, a 6-foot-8 Canadian who played last season at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. Ekiyor joins a recruiting class that includes Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones and adds crucial..." October 07

  • Four-star 2016 guard Quentin Goodin commits to Xavier

    SI "Four-star 2016 shooting guard Quentin Goodin has committed to Xavier, he announced on Twitter on Sunday. Goodin chose the Musketeers over Florida, Michigan, Miami and Western Kentucky. He took an official visit to Xavier this weekend. Rivals.com ranks Goodin as the No. 71 player in the 2016..." August 04

  • Xavier lands 2016 power forward Tyrique Jones

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Soon-to-be Vermont Academy senior Tyrique Jones needed just a weekend visit at Xavier to pull the trigger on his college commitment. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward announced Monday that he picked the Musketeers over Connecticut, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Temple. Jones is..." June 30

  • Norfolk State transfer RaShid Gaston picks Xavier

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Six-foot-nine power forward RaShid Gaston received attention from multiple colleges after announcing plans to transfer from Norfolk State, but only one was the perfect fit. Gaston committed to Xavier after a weekend visit. The 240-pound transfer will have one year of eligibility with Chris Mack..." June 16

  • Bill Murray's son Luke named newest Xavier assistant coach

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Xavier's celebrity fan base just grew by one. Musketeers coach Chris Mack has added Luke Murray, son of actor Bill Murray, to his staff as an assistant coach. The younger Murray spent the last two seasons on Dan Hurley's Rhode Island staff after previously working for Hurley at Wagner. He..." May 07

  • Xavier's Chris Mack gets one-year contract extension

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier University announced that head coach Chris Mack's contract has been extended by one year through the 2020-21 season. In January, the largest donation ever made to Xavier's men's basketball program, a gift from Tom and Genny Sedler, endowed the head coaching position held now by..." April 01

  • Brandon Randolph to transfer from Xavier

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Four days after saying his future was up in the air, sophomore Brandon Randolph will transfer from Xavier. Online rumors in recent weeks fueled the idea that the 6-foot-2 guard would leave the Musketeers after this season. Randolph said he needed to talk to coach Chris Mack about his future..." March 31

  • Xavier sophomore Brandon Randolph plans to transfer

    CBS Sports "Xavier sophomore guard Brandon Randolph will transfer from the school, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish. " March 30

  • Power forward Jalen Reynolds will play for Xavier in Sweet 16 following incident

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Despite a reported incident on campus, Xavier power forward Jalen Reynolds will travel with the team Tuesday to California and is expected to play against Arizona in the West Region semifinals, coach Chris Mack said. A key to the Musketeers' drive to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Reynolds..." March 24

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • SMU lands Xavier basketball transfer Justin Martin

    Dallas Morning News "Xavier transfer Justin Martin has committed to play for Larry Brown and the SMU Mustangs, per his personal Twitter account. As a graduate student, Martin will be eligible to play immediately on the Hilltop. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Martin averaged 11.7 points, which was good for second on..." June 04

  • Xavier, Wake Forest agree on new Skip Prosser Classic format

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Skip Prosser Classic has undergone a scheduling facelift. What started as a 10-year series between Xavier and Wake Forest basketball programs coached by the late Prosser has become a four-year scheduling loop with two years on and two years off starting in the 2015-16 season. Instead of..." May 22

  • Xavier's Matt Stainbrook doesn't need surgery

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier center Matt Stainbrook has big plans this summer. He's taking four graduate level classes plus the course associated with the basketball team's August trip to Brazil. He also plans to work the Musketeers' basketball camps, shed about 20 pounds, and become a stronger offensive presence by..." May 01

  • Dez Wells, Xavier settle lawsuit

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A former Xavier University basketball player who was expelled over what he says was a false rape allegation has settled his lawsuit against the Cincinnati school over its handling of the case. Federal Judge John Arthur dismissed Dez Wells' lawsuit, which had claimed that Xavier and its..." April 25

  • Xavier's Justin Martin plans to graduate, then transfer

    CBS Sports "With rumors swirling around the future of head coach Chris Mack at Xavier, the Musketeers are taking another personnel hit. Redshirt junior forward Justin Martin will play his final season of eligiblity elsewhere, planning to take advantage of the graduate transfer rule this spring. He will be..." April 11

  • California has targeted Xavier's Chris Mack as next head coach

    CBS Sports "Xavier coach Chris Mack has emerged as a top target in California's ongoing search to replace Mike Montgomery, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday. There is at least one report suggesting Mack has been offered the job. That's untrue, a source told CBSSports.com. But informal..." April 10

  • Xavier's Semaj Christon departing for NBA draft

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Sophomore guard Semaj Christon is leaving Xavier to enter the NBA draft. Ten days after losing to NC State in an NCAA tournament First Round game in Dayton, the Musketeers' 6-foot-3 scoring leader confirmed plans to forego his last two years of eligibility in favor of a run at professional..." March 29

  • Xavier announces Richards will transfer

    Fox Sports Ohio "Freshman Kamall Richards will transfer from Xavier, the school announced Friday. Richards, a 6-6 forward from Brooklyn, played in seven games for the Musketeers this season before tearing the ACL in his left knee. Richards will have to sit out a year before he is eligible to play but he's going..." March 28

  • Xavier's Chris Mack emerges as legitimate target at Wake Forest

    CBS Sports "Xavier coach Chris Mack has emerged as a legitimate candidate to replace Jeff Bzdelik at Wake Forest, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Monday. Mack has made four NCAA Tournaments in five seasons at Xavier, including two Sweet 16s. He was previously an assistant under Skip Prosser at Wake..." March 25

  • N.C. State 74, Xavier 59

    ProSportsDaily "T.J. Warren overcame early foul trouble and scored 16 of his 25 points after the break while becoming the school's all-time single-season scoring leader as the Wolfpack downed the Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Ralston Turner added 17 points for North..." March 19

  • NC State handles Xavier, could be trendy upset pick over Saint Louis

    CBS Sports "Mark Gottfried's North Carolina State team was the last at-large squad in the 2014 NCAA Tournament field. We know this because the NCAA releases its 1-68 official seed list, and the last at-large name identified is the Wolfpack. But barely getting in the field doesn't matter -- once it's..." March 19

  • XU needs to 'rely on identity' to survive NC State

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Welcome Wagon arrived early for Xavier's men's basketball team. As the 12th-seeded Musketeers participated in their open practice at UD Arena Monday night, a trio of red-clad Flyers fans hunkered down for some pre-NCAA tournament needling of their program's archrival. But Xavier's..." March 18

  • Creighton 86, Xavier 78

    ProSportsDaily "Doug McDermott continued to light up the scoreboard, scoring 32 points as the Bluejays advanced to the title game in their first Big East tournament in New York. The nation's leading scorer delivered another strong performance for Creighton (26-6) after scoring a career-high 45 points against..." March 15

  • Xavier 68, Marquette 65

    ProSportsDaily "Justin Martin posted 19 points and Semaj Christon contributed 18 as the Musketeers advanced to the semifinals of the Big East tournament in New York. Third-seeded Xavier (21-11) advances to play second-seeded Creighton in Friday's nightcap. Christon added five assists and Isaiah Philmore..." March 14

  • Teams are different, but Big East passion remains

    New York Post "It’s called the “Fu Effect,” named for the impact Seton Hall senior forward Fuquan Edwin can have on a game. It could be bouncing around during pregame warm-ups to get himself and his teammates amped. Or it could be something like he did Wednesday night against Butler in the first round of the Big..." March 13

  • Xavier's Matt Stainbrook ruled out vs. Marquette

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier's men's basketball team will start the Big East Tournament without junior center Matt Stainbrook. Coach Chris Mack said Stainbrook has done "a great job with his rehab" since straining the MCL in his left knee against Seton Hall last week, but he'll be unavailable for Thursday's 9:30..." March 11

  • XU keeps up without Stainbrook, can't seal deal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Semaj Christon's layup pulled Xavier within three points of No. 6 Villanova with 21 seconds left Thursday night, but the Musketeers came no closer in a 77-70 loss before a standing room only crowd of 10,340 at Cintas Center. Josh Hart buried two free throws at the 19.4-second mark and James..." March 07

  • Chris Mack makes case for Xavier, Big East

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Xavier coach Chris Mack thinks Xavier has built a profile suitable for an NCAA tournament at-large bid and that the Big East hasn't gotten its due in prognostications. After losing to No. 6 Villanova 77-70 tonight at Cintas Center, Mack ended his post-game press conference with his thoughts on..." March 07

  • Big East tourney depleted, but maybe more interesting

    New York Post "It’s still the Big East Tournament. It’s still Madison Square Garden. Is it the same? A lot has changed in the year since the members of the Big East last congregated for March Madness in Midtown. But what the conference has lost in star power with Connecticut (American Athletic), Syracuse..." March 07

  • Villanova 77, Xavier 70

    ProSportsDaily "Darrun Hilliard II scored 19 points to lead the visiting Wildcats to their first outright Big East regular-season title since 1982. JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points for Villanova (27-3, 15-2), which won its fifth straight game. James Bell recorded 12 points to go over 1,000 in his career..." March 07

  • Despite loss, Xavier still on path to NCAA berth

    Fox Sports Ohio "Chris Mack isn't going to make any excuses for his Xavier team. Even though the Musketeers fell to No. 6 Villanova 77-70 Thursday night in their regular season finale, Mack has no doubts that they are worthy of an NCAA tournament bid. That is regardless of what happens next week during the Big..." March 07

  • Matt Stainbrook’s knee injury just a strained MCL

    College Basketball Talk "Xavier got some excellent news on Tuesday when it was announced that starting center Matt Stainbrook only strained his MCL. Stainbrook landed awkwardly in Monday’s loss to Seton Hall, immediately grabbing his left knee and screaming in pain. It looked like the injury could be quite serious, but..." March 05