Xavier has shown within the past 14 years they are a dominate program. With 13 players playing in the NBA since 1990, six of these players from the 2000s. With that being said, who would make the all-time Xavier 2000s team? Our choices below:
Point Guard – Tu Holloway – Holloway was one of the most clutch players Xavier has ever seen. Whether he was bringing Xavier back from a 19 point deficit with 9 minutes to go against Purdue or making all 3 free throws to send Xavier into overtime against Kansas State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, he was willing to answer any call. Holloway showed Xavier fans what he was able to do in his second year increasing his points per game from 5.5 to 12.1. A year later he showed the world again how much he improved by recording two triple doubles (only college point guard to do so that year) and increasing his scoring again to 19.7 ppg and adding 5.4 ast and 5 rebs while shooting 87% from the line. As a junior, Tu was named a Third Team AP All-American. The PG position was the toughest to pick for us.
Shooting Guard – Jordan Crawford – Xavier had never seen a shooting guard with the talent and poise Crawford possessed. Although he only played one year at Xavier after transferring from Indiana University, he still should go down as one of the best Xavier players ever. In his only year with the Musketeers he averaged 20.5 ppg, 2.9 ast, 4.7 rebs, and 1.3 spg. What made Crawford so good was his ability to shoot the ball anywhere on the court with any amount of pressure added. If you are having a hard time remembering Crawford, click this link. One of the most memorable moments in Xavier history.
Small Forward – Romain Sato – Selecting the small forward position was a challenge. Raymond, Brown, Cage, Doellman, and Duncan were all in the running. Although the 6-5 guard didn’t play the small forward position at Xavier we believe this would be a great fit for this team. We picked Sato because of his immediate production as a freshman. He averaged 10.7 ppg and 5.4 rebs as a freshman and only got better throughout his time at Xavier. As a sophomore he averaged 16.1 and 6.6, as a junior he went 18.1 and 7.1. As a senior he lead his team to Xavier’s first ever elite eight appearance while averaging 16.3 ppg and 8 rebs and shooting 83% from the free throw line. Those stats are tough to argue.
Power Forward – Brian Thornton – Thornton came to Xavier as a transfer after spending his freshman and sophomore year at Vanderbilt. Thornton was a part of the 2004 team that lost to #1 Duke in the elite eight. As a senior Thornton averaged 15.3 ppg, 6.8 rebs, and shot 64% from the field.
Center – David West – This was the most obvious selection for the 2000s team. West will go down as one of the best players to come out of Xavier, if not the best. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, who is still in search of his first NBA Championship. As a freshman he surprised the country averaging 11.7 ppg and grabbing 9.1 rebs. Every year he increased his points per game. His senior year he was unstoppable, averaging 20.1 ppg, 11.8 rebs, 3.2 ast, 1.3 spg, 1.6 bpg, while shooting 51% from the field and 82% from the charity strike. He was named the AP National Player of the Year and went on to be drafted by New Orleans in the first round.
PG – Lionel Chalmers, Stanley Burrell, Drew Lavender
SG – Dante Jackson, Maurice Mcafee, C.J. Anderson
SF – Derrick Brown, B.J. Raymond, Justin Cage, Lloyd Price
PF – Anthony Myles, Justin Doellman, Kevin Frey, Josh Duncan
C – Jason Love, Jamel McLean
Check out a full list of Xavier’s past rosters and player stats here!
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