Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:39 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:07 am
By Jeff Goodman
A year ago, Xavier coach Chris Mack’s biggest issue was depth.
That should not be much of an issue this season, especially now that Mack has added another solid rotation guy -- maybe even a potential starter -- in Vanderbilt-transfer Andre Walker.
Sources told CBSSports.com that Walker chose Xavier over Northwestern, Wichita State and Marquette.
The 6-foot-7 forward has one year of eligibility remaining, and he will be able to play this season for the Musketeers because of the NCAA’s rule that allows players to transfer and play immediately if they graduate in four years, have a year of eligibility left and then pursue a different area of study that is not offered at their previous school.
At Vandy, Walker's career has been injury-riddled. He tore his ACL as a sophomore and played just three games. In his junior season, he started 31 games and averaged 6.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Last season he missed 19 games with an injury and averaged just 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds when he played.
He’ll join a Xavier team that is led by guard Tu Holloway but doesn’t have someone set at power forward. Walker will likely battle talented redshirt Justin Martin and Monmouth-transfer Travis Taylor for minutes.
What Walker, a Midwest native, can give Mack and the Musketeers, though, is a different look. He’s a skilled forward who can defend and also pass the ball.
Look for Xavier, with the backcourt of Holloway and Mark Lyons, to be the clear favorite to win the A-10. The Musketeers also have veteran Kenny Frease, a much-improved big man, and bring in Dez Wells, a talented and tenacious freshman.
One area of concern is who will slide into the slot vacated by forward Jamel McLean, who graduated. Walker will certainly help -- especially if he stays healthy.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:23 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
The grad-student loophole is gaining popularity. Even the steady recruiting machine at the University of Kansas is considering adding a refurbished gear next season.
Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World says 6-foot-7 forward Andre Walker, who has graduated from Vanderbilt with a year of eligibility remaining, is considering Kansasamongst a handful of schools vying for the rights to his final tour of duty.
With both Morris brothers headed for the NBA, the Jayhawks took a major hit in the areas of size and experience in the frontcourt. Reserve Thomas Robinson is expected to flourish in a starting role next season, but the team is looking for depth and support at the forward position. Walker is clearly more of a backup option rather than a star, but his size and experience, as well as his ability to pass out of the post, must be coveted by KU head coach Bill Self. The Jayhawks recently struck out in an attempt to nab La Salle transfer Aaric Murray, a 6-10 post player who will instead sit out a season at West Virginia before getting back on the floor.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
The class of 2013 is going to be known for its depth at the wing position, and one player making his way up the rankings is Sindarius Thornwell.
Thornwell, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lancaster (S.C.), makes an immediate impact because of his length and athleticism. He handles the ball and distributes well for someone his size, and is also adept at finishing.
“I’m quick and I can handle the ball,” Thornwell said. “I’m always attacking and I play defense.”
Plenty of colleges have taken notice of the versatile 2013 prospect.
Thornwell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Charlotte. He also has interest from Louisville, UCF and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.
Thornwell, who has visited Clemson and South Carolina, knows exactly what he needs in a school.
“I’m looking for playing style, good academics and playing time,” he said. “That’s it.”
2013 big man looking to improve
Most 6-foot-10 sophomores can get by on size and length alone. Andre Walker, on the other hand, is constantly looking to get better.
As it stands, he is a talented but raw big man who can run the floor and finish after he catches it.
“I need to make strong moves and play better defense,” Walker said. “I need to get better, get stronger. I also want to work on my perimeter game. I’m working hard.”
The Clarksburg (Md.) native is hearing from DePaul, Washington State, VCU, Northwestern, George Mason and Maryland.
Whitfield transfers to team with Tyler Lewis
North Carolina is loaded with prospects in the class of 2012. One player flying under the radar is Shane Whitfield, a 6-foot-5 forward.
In an attempt to make a name for himself, Whitfield is transferring next year to Forsyth Country Day School (N.C.). There, he will team up with North Carolina State commit Tyler Lewis in hopes of increasing his recruitment.
“It’s better competition,” Whitfield said. “I want to get better everyday.”
Right now, Whitfield has offers from Delaware, American, Campbell and Holy Cross, with interest from Richmond, Charlotte and East Carolina.
- A Texas team in need of impact players could pick up one this weekend. Recently available Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow are both visiting Austin this weekend.
- Unsigned 2011 center Daouda Soumaoro is currently on an official visit to Washington. Soumaoro took a trip to St. John’s recently, and said he enjoyed it.
- Top-50 2012 forward Ricardo Gathers is taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s this weekend. The Louisiana native also wants to take a trip to Florida.
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