10 thoughts on the upcoming Knights season

Standing lower than two months between the beginning of the 2022-23 faculty basketball season, and in some ways, the surroundings across the Xavier College males’s basketball crew could be very completely different from that interval final 12 months.

New boss, which is definitely Xavier’s outdated boss. New assistant coaches. New energy coach. Some gamers graduated, many returned, and three new Scholarship gamers joined the roster of the crew that received the Nationwide Invitational Championship six months in the past.

Listed below are 10 concepts for the upcoming season.

The return of Shawn Miller

When Xavier break up from Travis Steele in March, Miller rapidly emerged as one of the best candidate, and it solely took just a few days for the 2 events to agree on a deal.

Xavier men's basketball coach Shawn Miller is back with the Knights after 12 years at the University of Arizona.  Miller began his career as Xavier's head coach from 2005-09.

With Jay Wright’s retirement at Villanova, Xavier is now one of the skilled and profitable coaches on the Large East Convention, a convention held by Miller in Pittsburgh.

Miller’s 422nd profession was ranked third among the many energetic coaches within the Large East, behind Craigon Greg McDermott (556) and Butler Thad Mata (439).

Miller is a confirmed coach who can compete within the NCAA Championships and compete for the convention championships. He is greater than able to getting Xavier again to the place he expects it to be.

The query this season is what Miller can do with the roster that he inherited nearly all the former teaching workers.

Colby Jones’ potential

There could have been some manufacturing gaps over the previous two seasons. Maybe you possibly can attribute it to rising pains, or order, or maybe the encompassing items weren’t all the time excellent.

Young Xavier guard Colby Jones has opted to return to the Knights this season, and if he plays this season the way he finished last, it could be a special season for Jones.

One factor is for positive: If Colby Jones can put collectively a complete season the best way he completed final 12 months, and win the Nationwide Invitational Match MVP award, Xavier may have a famous person within the Large East and past.

During the last 11 video games final season, Jones averaged 14.7 factors, 6.7 rebounds, and three.8 assists.

Discuss to The Enquirer over the summer season about areas he desires to enhance. Final season, Jones shot 29% from the 3-point vary and 68% from the foul streak.