10 thoughts on the upcoming Knights season

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

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

Listed here are 10 concepts for the upcoming season.

The return of Shawn Miller

When Xavier cut up from Travis Steele in March, Miller rapidly emerged as one of the best candidate, and it solely took a couple of 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 vital skilled and successful coaches on the Massive East Convention, a convention held by Miller in Pittsburgh.

Miller’s 422nd profession was ranked third among the many energetic coaches within the Massive 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 might have been some manufacturing gaps over the previous two seasons. Maybe you may attribute it to rising pains, or order, or maybe the encircling items weren’t at all times 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 certain: 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 celebrity within the Massive East and past.

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

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