Cincinnati, Xavier Announce Suspensions (UPDATED)

Cincinnati and Xavier announced the suspensions of a combined eight players for their participation in Saturday’s bloody brawl at the conclusion of their men’s basketball game.

Cincinnati’s Yancy GatesOctavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj will each be suspended for a total of six games — meaning they are out until the Jan. 4 Big East game against Notre Dame — and Ge’Lawn Guyn for one game.

The suspensions will take effect immediately and will be concurrent with the NCAA-standard one-game mandated suspensions that would be applied to Gates and Mbodj for ejections from the game for fighting. To read more of this story, click here

Bench-clearing Brawl Stops Xavier Rout of Cincy

The game between No. 8 Xavier and crosstown rival Cincinnati was called with Xavier up 76-53 and 9.4 seconds left when the teams got into a full-fledged brawl on court and the referees called it.

After Xavier’s Tu Holloway jawed with the Cincinnati bench, a brawl ensued. Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates unloaded a punch to Xavier center Kenny Frease’s face, and Cincy big man Cheikh Mbodj later stomped on Frease’s head. Frease was left with a cut under his left eye and blood pouring out.

Expect both to be suspended for a good while.

Xavier’s Mark Lyons and Dez Wells also threw punches. To read more of this story, click here

Dakari Johnson Visiting Xavier Again

Count Xavier assistant Rasheen Davis among the top recruiters in the nation.

Davis is the man responsible for getting Dakari Johnson, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 according to The Hoop Scoop, on campus for a second time this weekend. The news was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.

Johnson is on campus Friday night for the game against Georgia while he visits family in the area, Montverde coach Kevin Boyle told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Xavier's Mack Checks Out Future Players

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Xavier coach Chris Mack didn’t set up the schedule at the National Prep Showcase, but he might as well have.

Mack showed up on Saturday and got to watch all four Xavier pledges at the event in three successive games.

“It’s very convenient,” Mack told SNY.tv. “The fact that they play back-to-back-to-back, you’d almost think I coached the director into scheduling that way.”

Shooting guard Myles Davis played first on Saturday for Notre Dame Prep, followed by point guard Semaj Christon and power forward Jalen Reynolds of Brewster Academy, followed by power forward James Farr of Maine Central Institute. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Davis to Xavier

Myles Davis is headed to Xavier.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pound shooting guard from the Playaz Basketball Club and Notre Dame Prep opted for Xavier over Pittsburgh, Georgetown and West Virginia.

The news was first reported by Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.

“I just felt like it was the right place for me,” the Plainfield, N.J., native said late Monday. “I feel like I’m going to have a good chance of playing time with Tu Holloway leaving. To read more of this story, click here

God's Gift to St. John's; Bhullar to Xavier

God is coming to Queens.

God’s Gift Achiuwa, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward originally from Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria, has signed with St. John’s.

Achiuwa, 20, chose the Johnnies over Washington. He also considered Cincinnati before the Bearcats landed another JUCO big man.

“Gift is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill,” Johnnies coach Steve Lavin said. “He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play. The maturity Gift gained from two years of junior college basketball with a combined 55-6 record will make him a nice complement to what will be the youngest team in the country next season. He is fundamentally sound, and comes from a program with a tradition of winning, where a strong work ethic, playing hard and discipline is demanded on a daily basis.”

Achiuwa averaged 22.3 points and 11.7 rebounds this season at Erie, which reached the Division II Final Four. During his two years at Erie, God’s Gift led the team to a 55-6 record. To read more of this story, click here

Xavier Working Hard on Kyle Anderson; Chandler Visiting UCF; Villa Holiday Classic

By ADAM ZAGORIA & ALEX KLINE

There is no leader in the clubhouse just yet for Kyle Anderson, but Xavier may be outworking everyone else for the 6-foot-8 junior point guard from St. Anthony.

Xavier assistant Rasheen Davis flew in to watch Anderson play two games in Newton, Mass. Wednesday-Thursday.

He did so even though he had to leave at 4:30 a.m. Friday for a 6 a.m. flight and a two-hour layover at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in order to get back for a 4 p.m. game with Florida. To read more of this story, click here

Chandler Recruitment Remains in Flux

Ever since Michael Chandler decommitted from Xavier on the first day of the early signing period last month, not much has been heard from the 6-foot-10 center from Lawrence North in Indianapolis.

And according to his coach, Jack Keefer, there won’t be any significant movement in his recruitment until he gets his test score in order.

“He’s got to get a higher test score,” Keefer said Monday by phone. “If he can get that done, he’ll be fine.”

The No. 4 center in the Class of 2011, Chandler committed to Louisville as a junior, only to decommit. Then he surprised a lot of people by pledging to Xavier after a visit this fall. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Visits UCLA, Xavier

NEW YORK — Over the past several years, St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley has produced a number of high-major guards, from Dominic Cheek (Villanova) to Mike Rosario (Florida) to Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).

Now comes 6-foot-8 junior Kyle Anderson, the Paterson Catholic transfer who is ranked No. 1 among point guards in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com.

“Everybody’s kind of peaking around,” Hurley said Thursday as he was awarded the Joe Lapchick Character Award at Madison Square Garden. “He’s got a very long list of schools.” To read more of this story, click here

Chandler Decommits From Xavier

Perhaps the biggest storyline coming out of the first day of the early signing period was Michael Chandler’s decommitment from Xavier, which was first reported by Brian Snow of Scout.com.

The 6-foot-10 Chandler had previously committed to Louisville and then pledged to Xavier during a late-October visit.

Word on the street is that UConn may now be in the lead for the No. 4 center in the Class of 2011.

“I’m not sure he’s put any thought into it,” Lawrence (IN) North coach Jack Keefer said briefly Thursday morning by phone. “He’s kind of trying to get ready for his season.”

Chandler could end up signing in the spring, but we’ll have to see how it plays out. Check back for updates.

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