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Team: Xavier Musketeers [ID #30] Bookmark Xavier Musketeers

Location: Cincinnati, OH (Central)

Conference: III.4 [Division 1]

President: Stromstar send message
          [since September 05th 2022 | last seen May 22nd 2024]

Coach: Jeremy Brown

Arena: Cintas Center

Rating: 187.18 - Overall Position: #132

Fan Mood: 155.59

Alumni Mood: 187.15

Prestige: 114

Team Notes:

• Nov 25 2038: 4-star prospect Jayce Bowser committed.
• Oct 27 2038: Dejuan McDonald was hired as the new assistant coach.
• Oct 27 2038: Assistant coach Roland Epps was let go.
• Oct 07 2038: Freddie Scully was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Oct 07 2038: Edgar McNair was hired as the new assistant coach.
• Oct 07 2038: Assistant coach Manny McDonald was let go.
• Sep 02 2038: Promoted to conference III.4.
• Mar 14 2038: Made the national tournament field.
• Mar 14 2038: Won the IV.7 conference playoffs.
• Feb 04 2038: 1-star prospect Patrick Taylor committed.


Wins: 12 Losses: 2 Pct: .857     Conf Wins: 4 Conf Losses: 0 Conf Pct: 1.000 Conf Rank: 1     Last10: 9-1 Streak: W9

Pts Ave: 97.9 - 82.3     Pts Diff: +15.6     Team Power Index: 139.8

Press Releases:

Oct 07 2038: Xavier Musketeers Celebrate Explosive Season (Abridged version) - by Stromstar on May 5th, 2024

The Xavier Musketeers had a stellar season thanks to exceptional guard play, dynamic wing scoring, and a dominant paint presence. Led by Coach Brown, they operated as a cohesive unit, exceeding preseason expectations. Luis Duarte's leadership and court vision were instrumental, while Freddie Scully emerged as a scoring machine with defensive prowess. Sonny Harrison provided versatility on both ends, and Aaron Loveless dominated the paint with efficient scoring and rebounding. Ricky Colson anchored the interior defense with shot-blocking ability.

Despite early setbacks, Xavier surged in conference play, finishing third and winning the D-1 playoff title. They earned an NCAA tournament berth, advancing to the second round. Teamwork and determination led to a school-record #11 finish in RPI rankings. Xavier's remarkable journey left a lasting legacy in college basketball lore.
Team photo: https://i.imgur.com/kDrlCpO.jpeg

Oct 07 2038: Xavier Musketeers Celebrate Explosive Season - by Stromstar on May 5th, 2024

2038 Summary
The Musketeers wrapped up an electrifying campaign with a dynamic roster stacked with talent and versatility. The Musketeers' combination of exceptional guard play, dynamic scoring on the wings, and dominance in the paint made them a formidable opponent. What set Xavier apart was not just the individual brilliance of its players, but the seamless cohesion and synergy they brought to the court. Led by Coach Brown's strategic acumen, the Musketeers operated as a well-oiled machine, each player complementing the strengths of their teammates to create a formidable force.

Starting Five
- Luis Duarte (PG): Duarte’s ability to distribute the ball and control the tempo of the game were instrumental in Xavier's success. Throughout the season he maintained a decent field goal percentage and made major contributions in points, assists, and steals. His leadership and court vision were pivotal for Xavier's success.
- Freddie Scully (SG): Scully’s offensive superiority and defensive tenacity make him a formidable force on both ends of the floor. Scully emerged as a scoring machine, averaging an impressive 21.4 points per game. His three-point shooting was solid, although there's room for improvement in his field goal percentage. Defensively, his contributions were notable with steals and blocks highlighting his two-way impact.
- Sonny Harrison (SF): Harrison's dynamic scoring ability and defense provided versatility on the wing .His scoring ability was evident, averaging 16.5 points per game with decent shooting percentages. His defensive efforts, especially in rebounding, were commendable, contributing to Xavier's overall performance on both ends of the floor.
- Aaron Loveless (PF): Loveless was a dominant force in the paint with a rare combination of size, strength, and skill. He put up an impressive field goal percentage of 65.1%, while providing solid rebounding, crucial for controlling the interior game. His defensive presence also helped secure Xavier's paint.
- Ricky Colson (C): Colson's imposing presence in the paint and shot-blocking ability anchored Xavier's interior defense. While not a significant scoring threat, his efficiency in the paint and defensive intimidation made him a vital asset for the Musketeers.

Key Bench Players
- Filipe Monteiro (SG): Monteiro provided a scoring spark off the bench, showcasing his three-point shooting ability and solid free-throw shooting, as well as consistent playmaking in the backcourt.
- Valentin Carmona (PF): Carmona's energy and athleticism were evident, particularly in rebounding and defensive efforts in the frountcourt rotation.
- Guillermo Banda (SF): Banda's contributions off the bench were modest but consistent, providing a spark and defensive stability on the wing.
- Danny Nolen (PG): Nolen's scoring off the bench provided relief for Duarte, keeping Xavier's offense productive for the full 40 minutes.
- Sid Parsons (PF): Parsons offered versatility off the bench, contributing in scoring and rebounding, albeit in limited minutes.

Season Results
Xavier Musketeers' remarkable 2038 season saw them transcend preseason predictions, surprising fans and pundits alike with their stellar performance. Initially, Xavier faced formidable opponents, resulting in a 6-4 record, including losses in the inaugural Southwest Ohio Invitational to local rivals Miami OH and Cincinnati. Despite the setbacks, victories against Ferrum and Dayton hinted at their potential. Xavier's resurgence began in conference play, with standout performances from key players like Scully, Harrison, and Colson, they secured crucial wins, ultimately finishing 3rd in the conference, and earning a well-deserved promotion from LL4 to LL3. The Musketeers' crowning achievement came in the conference playoffs, where they emerged victorious with their first D-1 playoff title since 2010. Xavier's exceptional season culminated in an NCAA tournament appearance as a 7-seed. They clinched a thrilling victory in the first round before narrowly falling to a formidable 2-seed Prairie View A&M. With a 33-13 record and an impressive final RPI of 0.600, Xavier secured the #11 spot in Hardwood basketball, a school record for their highest finish. The remarkable journey exemplified the power of teamwork, determination, and the ability to exceed expectations, leaving a lasting legacy in college basketball lore.

Team photo: https://i.imgur.com/kDrlCpO.jpeg

Feb 04 2038: 2037 Team Photo (new link) - by Stromstar on April 14th, 2024

The team photo for last season disappeared. This is an attempt to repost.
2037 HWOBB Xavier Roster https://i.imgur.com/ZkXZMHy.jpeg

Oct 08 2037: Xavier Musketeers: 2036-37 Season Review (abridged version) - by Stromstar on March 9th, 2024

The Xavier Musketeers embarked on a historic journey in the 2036-37 college basketball season, marked by resilience and triumph.

Led by Coach Brown, they set a school record with a 38-10 finish, secured their first Final Four appearance, and earned promotion to Division-I. Underclassmen Scully and Harrison received conference awards

The team dominated non-conference play with a 9-1 record. They also ranked #38 overall by RPI, an impressive competitiveness for a D-II team. In conference standings, Xavier's 23-7 record earned them a commendable second place. Despite challenges, they made a remarkable postseason run, eventually falling short in a Final Four nail-biter.

As they reflect on their journey, the Musketeers are poised for future success, fueled by their legacy of excellence and determination.
Team photo: https://imgur.com/SDLseQj.jpeg

Oct 08 2037: Xavier Musketeers: 2036-37 Season Review - by Stromstar on March 9th, 2024

As the Xavier Musketeers reflect on their remarkable journey through the 2036-37 college basketball season, they find themselves standing tall amidst the trials and triumphs that defined their campaign. The Musketeers navigated a challenging schedule and conference battles with resilience and determination, finishing with a promotion to division-I, a school record for wins, and the first ever Final Four appearance. Coach Brown's strategic brilliance and leadership were instrumental in guiding the Musketeers through the highs and lows of the season, instilling a culture of excellence and teamwork that propelled the team forward. Let's take a closer look at the season's highlights and the players who played pivotal roles in Xavier's success.

Starting Five:
PG Luis “Lumos” Duarte (JR): Duarte's defensive intensity and leadership were evident throughout the season as he orchestrated Xavier's offense with precision while anchoring the team's defense (10.1 PTS, 41.4 3P%, 6.6 AST, 1.3 STL)
SG Freddie “Ranger” Scully (JR): Scully's scoring ability and defensive tenacity made him a standout performer, leading Xavier in scoring with versatility on both ends of the floor (21.9 PTS, 4.2 3PM, 2.8 REB, 4.6 AST, 1.7 STL, 20 POTG)
SF Sonny Harrison “Soprano” (JR): Harrison's offensive efficiency and vision provided Xavier with a scoring spark off the bench with an ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor (16.0 PTS, 45.5 3P%, 3.7 REB, 1.6 STL)
PF Stuart “Picasso” Forster (JR): Forster's strategic presence in the paint and rebounding dominance bolstered Xavier's frontcourt rotation, contributing to the team's success (8.7 PTS, 60.5 FG%, 6.6 REB, 1.7 STK)
C “Wookiee” Ricky Colson (FR): Colson's dominant presence in the post and shot-blocking ability anchored Xavier's interior defense, earning him recognition as one of the conference's top defenders (10.7 PTS, 64.9 FG%, 7.6 REB, 2.6 STK)

Key Bench Players
C “Blockbuster” Joseph Blocker (SR): Blocker's defensive prowess and shot-blocking ability anchored Xavier's interior defense, making him a force to be reckoned with in the paint (9 PTS, 60.0 FG%, 5.7 REB, 2.3 STK)
SF Loyd “Sage” Farmer (SR): Farmer's defensive tenacity and versatility provided Xavier with a spark, making key contributions in crucial moments (8.8 PTS, 4.3 REB, 0.7 STL)
SG Filipe “Sunset” Monteiro (SO): Monteiro's playmaking ability fueled Xavier's offensive tempo, earning him recognition among the conference assists leaders (46.7 3P%, 2 AST)
PG Danny “Pikachu” Nolen (FR): Nolen's offensive spark and lethal shooting ignited Xavier's scoring output, providing a valuable lift off the bench (50 3P%, 1.7 AST, 0.5 STL)
PF Valentin “Valhalla” Carmona (JR): Carmona's tenacious defense and all-around skill set bolstered Xavier's frontcourt rotation (2.2 REB)

Redshirt Players
PF “The Oracle” Sid Parsons: Parsons' strategic presence in the paint and offensive rebounding will provide Xavier with valuable second-chance opportunities
SF Guillermo “Machete” Banda: Banda's defensive tenacity and commitment to excellence on both ends of the floor will make him a valuable asset to Xavier's rotation
C “Eclipse” Aaron Loveless: Loveless' versatility and offensive skill set will provide Xavier with depth in the frontcourt with his ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor

Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Jeremy Brown: Coach Brown's strategic brilliance and leadership were instrumental in guiding the Musketeers through the highs and lows of the season, instilling a culture of excellence and teamwork that propelled the team forward.
Assistant Coach - Berry Prather: Coach Prather’s expertise in player development and game preparation played a crucial role in Xavier's success, providing valuable insights and support to the coaching staff and players alike.
Assistant Coach - Roland Epps: First year Coach Epps’s offensive creativity and player mentorship were key components of Xavier's success, as he worked tirelessly to maximize the potential of each player and elevate the team's offensive efficiency.
Assistant Coach - Manny McDonald: First year Coach McDonald’s defensive acumen and attention to detail were invaluable assets to Xavier's coaching staff, helping to shape the team's defensive identity and game plan throughout the season

Season Analysis
Xavier's journey to success was paved with challenges and triumphs, as evidenced by their performance throughout the season. The Musketeers' schedule was a rigorous test of their mettle.
As the season progressed, Xavier faced formidable non-conference opponents, after losing their first game at home to D-I Sacramento State, they won the remaining 9 games including D-I St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as going undefeated against their perennial rivals.
Xavier's mettle was put to the test against tough opponents in the conference, with each game presenting new challenges and opportunities for growth. Despite facing adversity at times, the Musketeers demonstrated their resilience and determination, securing crucial victories and building momentum as they marched towards the postseason.

Conference Standings:
In the V.13 Conference standings, Xavier's strong performance throughout the season propelled them to a commendable second-place finish. With a conference record of 23-7, the Musketeers dominated in efficiency on both ends of the floor, earning recognition as one of the top teams in the conference.

Postseason Results:
As the postseason approached, Xavier lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament to eventual champion Lynchburg who earned a #1 seed in the national tournament. Xavier got in with an at-large bid as a #3 seed and their focus shifted towards the ultimate goal of championship glory. With the team poised to build upon their successes and make a deep run in the playoffs, they faced adversity with starting PG Luis Duarte injured for 3 straight games. Still, they continued winning, even taking down the top overall #1 seed Eckerd, who was ranked #20 in the nation even ahead of division-I teams with their 43-2 record. The run and season ended in a 1-point nailbiting finish after a buzzer-beating prayer from the backup point guard of Coe College went in during the Final Four game.

- Xavier set the school record for wins, finishing the season with an impressive 38-10 record.
- The Musketeers achieved their first-ever Elite Eight win and Final Four appearance, marking a historic milestone in the program's history.
- With a second-place finish in the conference standings, Xavier will be promoted to Division-I next season, continuing their rise to prominence in collegiate basketball.
- Two underclassmen, Freddie Scully and Sonny Harrison, received conference awards, with Scully earning First Team honors and Harrison receiving Second Team recognition.
- Xavier excelled in non-conference play, boasting a 9-1 record and securing victories in all their rivalry matchups, including wins against Cincinnati, Butler, Dayton, and a perfect 3-0 record against rival Ferrum.
- The Musketeers finished the season ranked #38 overall by RPI, an impressive feat for a Division-II team, underscoring their competitiveness and resilience against top competition.

Overall Summary:
As the Xavier Musketeers reflect on their remarkable journey through the 2036-37 season, they do so with pride and gratitude for the opportunities and challenges that have shaped their growth and success. With their sights set on even greater achievements in the seasons to come, the Musketeers stand poised to continue their legacy of excellence on the basketball court.