First, the news:
About the only thing that Travis Steele has yet to do is put together his on court coaching adjustments. I say that because he’s currently demonstrating that he can dominate on the recruiting trail. Fresh off landing 6-6 wing Kam Craft, Steele and his squad of elite recruiters landed Xavier’s fifth highest ranked recruit of all time.
Fresh out of the DMV comes Top 100 (in every measure that matters) 6-7 small forward Tyrell Ward. Everyone that matters was after Ward, but he chose Xavier. That gives the Musketeers two top 100 players in the 2022 class with one or two slots remaining. Ward and Craft play at roughly the same position, but both are capable of playing the positionless basketball that is currently all the rage.
Ward is whippet thin at only 185 pounds, but his game differs greatly from Xavier’s other new and thin player. Ward is a downhill player who was focused on football until a growth spurt shot him up nearly a foot as he entered high school. Not a primary ballhandler, Ward is a slasher who wants to get into the lane to either create for a teammate or finish at the rim himself. The one area where Ward has struggled has been his outside shot, though in a recent invitational he showed off a revamped jumper and knocked down 40% of his outside shots in a small sample. Defensively, Ward has shown the ability to guard multiple positions and showcased good lateral quickness.
Based on his announcement picture it seems Ward also enjoys winning the NCAA tournament, Nike, the BMW i8, and lunar photography.