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July evaluation period: first weekend roundup

The Xavier coaching staff was busy getting a handle on who should be the next generation of Musketeers.

Focused as all get out.
Focused as all get out.
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Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the weekend:

Being in play for a five-star PG is not the same as landing one, but Simmons is arguably the top point in the 2016 class. Everybody and his mom wants to get him onto campus, but so far Xavier and UK are the only teams with that opportunity. Simmons's father is from the Cincinnati area, and Simmons himself is close with Kaiser Gates, a former high school teammate of his.

Other players that Xavier was evaluating this weekend include:

The Muskies were also tracking 2016 PG target Xavier Simpson, who capped one of the most productive performances on the weekend by hitting the game-winning shot for his King Jams squad against the New Jersey Playaz:

Even though face-to-face interaction with the players is strictly prohibited on-site during the evaluation period, these weekends are vital for coaching staffs as they develop their strategies regarding who to pursue hard and who is either not a good fit for the team or drawing more focused attention from programs likely to land him.

Of course, the players know who the coaches are, and being seen monitoring one player or the next can have a big impact on how the recruiting experience develops in the fickle mind of a high school basketball star.