Thursday, January 10, 2002

Xavier notebook

Incoming 5 excelling, recuperating

By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An update on Xavier's five signees:

        • Point guard Dedrick Finn of Newburgh (Ind.) Castle injured a knee Dec.22. He played sparingly the next two games, sat out a game Tuesday and had a MRI test done Wednesday. Results aren't yet available.

        “The doctors say it's not the ACL,” coach Steve Brunes said. “It might be an outside ligament that's stretched. We just wanted to test and be sure.”

        Finn has averaged 17.9 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 steals a game for an 8-2 team. He is shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 41.8 percent on 3-pointers and 82.4 percent on free throws.

        • Randy Holbrook, a 6-foot-10 center/forward for Odessa (Texas) College, has averaged 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game for an 11-3 team. He is shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line.

        Holbrook has a herniated disk in his back and took the summer off to rest it. He is averaging 23 minutes as the coaches work him into shape.

        “They want to avoid surgery, so they're trying rest and rehab,” Odessa assistant Matt Figger said of team doctors. “We've got two other scorers, so we don't need Randy to score much anyway.”

        • Brandon Cole, a 6-7 forward, has averaged 23.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks a game for a 12-2 Richton Park (Ill.) Rich South team. He's shooting 50 percent and has four game-winning baskets this season.

        “His is the highest scoring average I've had in 24 years of coaching, and I coached Kendall Gill (at Rich Central) and some pretty good players over the years,” coach Fred Jakebiet said. “No question Brandon is the most dominating big player I've ever been around.”

        • Anthony Myles, a 6-9 forward, is averaging 10.8 points a game and is leading a 9-4 Olney (Ill.) Central College team in average rebounds (7.5) and blocks (1.5). He is shooting 51.3 percent and averaging 1.8 steals for a 9-4 team.

        “He has really come on,” coach Jim Glash said. “One of the reasons his numbers aren't real high is we have four post players, so they're sharing minutes.”

        • Angelo Smith, a 6-8 forward/center at Indianapolis Lawrence North, is averaging 11.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game and is shooting 50 percent. On a 5-5 team, he's the only returning starter.

        “He gets double- and triple-teamed,” coach Jack Keefer said. “He's done well, but we haven't gotten him the ball enough.”

        WEST MVP:

        Sports Illustrated named XU center David West its Most Valuable Player of the season to date, saying, “No one has been more integral to his team's success.” The magazine distinguished between that and a national player of the year award.

        UP NEXT:

        XU plays host to Richmond (7-7, 1-0 Atlantic 10) at 2p.m. Saturday.


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