Wednesday, February 03, 1999

XU in hunt for prep forward

West plans to visit this month

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        David West, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward from Hargrave Military Academy, is scheduled to make a recruiting visit to Xavier Feb. 12-14, the weekend the Musketeers play Temple at the Cincinnati Gardens, his coach Scott Shepherd said Tuesday night.

        West is averaging 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds for the prep school in Chatham, Va., which is 20-2 this season.

        “He's just really kind of coming into his own,” Shepherd said. “He's like a young pup. He's getting better and better as the season goes on.”

        West, a native of Teaneck, N.J., played on the perimeter at Garner High School in Raleigh, N.C., but is a power forward at Hargrave.

        “He's very athletic,” Shepherd said. “He's got big hands and size 17 feet. He works really hard. He rebounds and can score.

        “He's got good moves down (low), but he's not going to overpower you. He's kind of a slasher in the post, which is a little different. We run the same press Xavier does.”

        Shepherd said West has “a good SAT score” and was on the school's dean's list after the first semester.

        West has made official visits to East Carolina and Marshall and has no others scheduled. Shepherd said interested schools include Providence, Arkansas, Clemson, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

        “He's just looking for a situation where he can be comfortable and can play his style,” Shepherd said.

        Xavier has two scholarships available and is looking for big men. No other recruits are scheduled to visit. The spring signing period begins in April.


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