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Trevon Bluiett will be a star at some point, but will that point be this season?

UCLA's loss is Xavier's gain as Bluiett chose to stay close to home. Can he be the number one scoring option as a freshman?

Soon we'll have file photos of the new guys. In the meantime, sorry about this garbage.
Soon we'll have file photos of the new guys. In the meantime, sorry about this garbage.
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Trevon Bluiett had initially committed to UCLA, but Xavier was right there when he reopened recruiting. The proximity to his home turf of Indianapolis gave X a leg up on UCLA and the other schools that were chasing Bluiett's signature. Bluiett is a top 50 wing whose scouting report basically breaks down to two words: gets buckets. He has range beyond the arc, can hit mid-range jumpers off the catch or bounce, and can get to the rim and score through or around defenders with an array of floaters and finishes. His height and stout build help him out on the glass, as he demonstrated in leading the team in offensive rebounds on the trip through Brazil.

Bluiett's resume is probably well-known to just about everyone who reads this site by now. His body was and still is a work in progress, but the work he has put in with strength and conditioning coach Matt Jennings is already starting to tell. Defense is always an adjustment for a player moving from high school to college, but Bluiett has the physical tools to be an at least average defender with time.

Best-case scenario:
Bluiett comes out of the blocks hot and never slows down. He transitions smoothly to the college game and comfortably becomes Xavier's number one perimeter option on the offensive end. His defense is good enough to keep him on the court, and he becomes a sensation by the time conference play begins. Xavier makes a postseason run deep enough the Bluiett can average around 13 points per game and challenge for the freshman season scoring record at Xavier.

Worst-case scenario:
Barring injury, the worst that could reasonably expected out of Bluiett is pedestrian production. Guys don't reach consensus top 50 status by accident, and he is able to get buckets against most college competition. The pace and power of the Big East challenges Bluiett at both ends, but he is able to keep his head above water and provide a viable perimeter threat during a learning season.

Most likely scenario:
Bluiett acclimates to the college game with the softer competition of the early schedule and isn't really threatened until conference play rolls around. The Big East's top squads have veteran players who can make life difficult for him, but he still manages enough production to call to mind Dez Wells's freshman numbers while giving the Musketeer faithful a young player with true star potential to wish on.