Chris Thomas to Xavier

Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, has committed to Xavier.

He will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2013.

“I think it came down to his relationship with Coach [Rasheen] Davis the past few years,” Chipola (Fla) College assistant Pat Blake told SNY.tv . “With all the moving around that Chris has done, I think Coach Davis had been the consistent presence and consistent coach in his life.

“To me, there wasn’t really ever another school in the picture.”

Thomas is currently at Chipola but he sat out this season after making previous stops in his home state of Colorado, Bowie (Md.) Princeton Day, Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep and South Kent (Conn.). He will suit up next season. To read more of this story, click here

Three Working Hardest on Chris Thomas

Three schools are working the hardest on Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.

“Xavier, Missouri and Iowa State,” Latonia Smith, Thomas’ grandmother, told SNY.tv Thursday by text.

Asked if Kentucky or Seton Hall were involved, Smith added, “I haven’t spoken to a coach from those universities in months.” To read more of this story, click here

Sean Miller Backtracks on Xavier Comments

Sean Miller wanted to defend his former guys at Xavier.

Instead, he ended up appearing to condone their bloody brawl Saturday with Cincinnati that left eight players on both teams suspended.

Now, the Arizona coach is backtracking. In a big way.

“I made comments following our win Saturday over Clemson regarding my former team, Xavier University,” he said in a statement. “These remarks were in response to a question as to whether I have been following Xavier’s on-the-court successes this season.  My comments were directed toward my admiration of their on-the-court toughness and their respective approach to giving great effort as a team. To read more of this story, click here

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