Sunday, October 17, 1999

Six-foot-10 recruit to visit Xavier


Crump considering SMU, Arkansas, Tennessee, too

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Brandon Crump, a 6-foot-10, 190-pound center from Houston, Texas, is scheduled to make an official visit to Xavier next weekend, his mother said Saturday.

        Crump, who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds for Klein High School, returns today from a visit to Memphis. He has visited Southern Methodist and has trips planned to Arkansas (Oct.30) and Tennessee (Nov.5).

        “No one has everything; they all have a lot of positive things,” said Norma Crump, Brandon's mother. “The one thing we're looking for, first and foremost, would be graduation records. We want to make sure he does graduate, and Xavier has done a great job in doing that.

        “Their presentation in the home was excellent. We like the uptempo style of basketball they play. Brandon would fit into their style. We want him to be able to, if possible, take his game to the next level.”

        She said the only drawback to Xavier is the distance from home. Her son is expected to take all his visits before picking a school.

       

        “He's a good athlete,” said Al Seibert of Heartland Hoops recruiting service website, who has seen Crump several times. “He runs the floor well. He's got a long, lanky body like Obi Harris, but is much more skilled.

        “Brandon is a very good player on the press. He's pretty all-out on the floor. He's definitely a solid A-10 player.”

        VISITOR: Dayton Christian senior Romain Guessagba-Sato said he took his high school picture wearing a Xavier ballcap. “I wear it all the time,” he said Saturday.

        Guessagba-Sato, who has already verbally committed to attend XU, made his official visit this weekend with his legal guardians. He attended Midnight Madness and was at Saturday's practice. He said he could picture himself on the court with the Musketeers.

        “I like to do the same things,” said the native of the Central African Republic. “Play hard, run the floor, play physical and play fast.”

        Dayton Christian opens its regular season Dec. 3-4 at the Miami Valley Shootout at Miami East High School; those will be Guessagba-Sato's first U.S. high school games. He plays at Wyoming High School on Jan. 18.

        REST EASY: Mindful of XU's lack of backcourt depth, coach Skip Prosser said his intention this season is to rest starting guards Maurice McAfee and Darnell Williams more during practice.

        McAfee is the only true point guard eligible to play. Williams was out last season with a knee injury.

        “The way we play, there is a concern about (McAfee) wearing down mentally as well as physically,” Prosser said. “The concern with Darnell, we want him to do every drill and get in every repetition, but you have to worry about the wear and tear on the knee.”

        Easing up during practice is contrary to Prosser's nature. He said he will rely on his assistants to remind him to rest McAfee and Williams.

        “Even though I say that, it's hard for me to back off,” Prosser said. “But sometimes I have to be smart enough to realize that discretions are the better part of valor.”

        WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Preseason magazines agree on this much: XU will win the Atlantic 10 West Division. But publications are mixed on the Musketeers' postseason fate. A sampling:

        • The Sporting News: Ranked No.51 in the country. Williams is picked first-team all-league.

        • Lindy's: No NCAA berth. Williams is second-team A-10.

        • Athlon Sports: Picked to lose in second round of NCAA. Williams is first-team all-league.

        • Dick Vitale: Ranked No.37 in the country and picked to go to the NCAA. Williams and Lloyd Price are second-team all-A-10.

       



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