Monday, August 21, 2000

XU arena lures first recruit

Forward gives oral commitment

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Give the Cintas Center an assist already. Will Caudle, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward from Indianapolis Warren Central High School, spent one day at Xavier on an unofficial recruiting trip Saturday and orally committed before leaving town at the end of the visit.

        Caudle said Sunday night that he “fell in love with Xavier” and picked the Musketeers over Purdue and Iowa without taking any official visits.

        “One of my friends was down there and he was telling me the arena is unreal,” Caudle said. “It was unreal. I've seen arenas before, but everything was so nice. It's wonderful. It fit me perfect. It's a nice place to play.”

        Warren Central coach Scott Heady said Caudle averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and shot 57 percent from the field as a junior.

        “He's a hard-working kid,” Heady said. “He's a very unselfish player. He's really improved a lot in the last year. I think he understands he's got to get better, too. Even though he's had some success, he continues to work and improve.” rates Caudle as the sixth-best player in Indiana and the 35th-best in the midwest region. Vince Baldwin of Midwest Hoops calls him “one of the real hidden gems in the midwest.”

        Dave Telep of said he will rank Caudle between 90th and 100th in the nation.

        “For him to commit to them now, without question that's a good addition to their program,” Telep said. “Athletically he's a good fit for Xavier. He's a kid who probably needs to bulk up. When I saw him, I thought that down the road he really had a chance to be a good power forward.”

        Caudle said he is versatile, able to post up and shoot from the outside, but he will do whatever coaches want him to do.

        “I'm just all about my team,” Caudle said. “I just want to win.”

        Caudle did not get a chance to meet any Xavier players, but said he liked the small campus, the close proximity of the arena to the dorms, the academics and the coaching staff.

        “They showed me love, and I showed them love,” Caudle said. “I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by.”

        Heady said both Purdue and Iowa had offered scholarships.

        Xavier has two more scholarships available.


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