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The curious case of Xavier and the five-star point guard

Everything shiny and new is exciting...

The future (probably).
The future (probably).
Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

You know what sounds like a great addition to Xavier's program? A 6'4" or 6'5" point guard who can use both hands. A guy who can play on the ball and run the team or slide off the ball and concentrate on getting buckets. A guy who has the athleticism to run the floor faster than the defense or explode through the lane and put someone on a poster. If we're getting greedy, we can also throw in a jump shot that he can bang with his feet set and is growing into off of the bounce. Maybe he needs to improve his defense a little, but who doesn't?

People who follow recruiting news and concomitant scouting reports probably noticed I just wrote a relatively fair assessment of Kobi Simmons. People who follow Xavier closely - of which I suspect there are a fair few here - may have also recognized redshirt freshman Edmond Sumner in that paragraph.

Where does that leave us? I don't know. We breathlessly follow the news around Simmons because Xavier is tightly linked with a five-star recruit; landing a player with a profile that high could legitimately change the course of the program. It's much more likely that you start bringing in more and more talented players once you've gotten the first top 10 recruit through.

On the other hand, it's not entirely clear that Edmond Sumner is not already that guy, or at least some fairly convincing analogue of him. A healthy Edmond Sumner is the kind of player who can change a game and indeed a season with his skill set. There's nothing wrong with tracking the offers and visits and all the other stuff that goes with recruiting, but I'll go ahead and say right now that I think Ed Sumner will go down as a pivotal player in Xavier's history if he's back at 100%.