CINCINNATI --- Xavier University head coach Chris Mack announced today that he has received four signed National Letters of Intent for the fall signing period: Semaj Christon, a 6-3 and 182-pound point guard from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.; Myles Davis, a 6-2 and 200-pound guard who is playing at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass.; James Farr, a 6-9 and 222-pound forward from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine; Jalen Reynolds, a 6-9 and 220-pound forward who is now playing with Christon at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.
"I am excited to announce the newest additions to Xavier basketball on the national signing day," said Mack. "A lot of hard work by my coaching staff will bring in four very talented high school seniors."
"Jalen Reynolds, Semaj Christon, Myles Davis and James Farr are now part of the Xavier Basketball family," Mack continued. "Jalen is an explosive finisher who can rebound the ball at a very high level. His commitment level to our program has never wavered. He plays with a huge chip on his shoulder and backs down to no one. His teammate at Brewster, Semaj Christon, is a local talent who is an excellent playmaker with elite level athleticism. Semaj was a late bloomer and we're happy to be welcoming another hometown product. Myles is an excellent shooter and plays the game with extreme confidence. He is more than a shooter and plays the game with a passion. Finally, James is an inside/outside forward who has the ability to rebound and stretch defenses with his face up ability. James is a left- handed forward with a nice touch and IQ for the game."
Christon, who until this year attended Winton Woods High School in the Cincinnati area, is ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and rivals.com. Rivals has him ranked No. 72 in his class and No. 16 at his position, while Scout has him ranked as the seventh-best point guard in his class.
Christon led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in scoring as a senior at 21.0 points per game and also recorded a league-best 63.0 field goal percentage, while ranking second in the league in assists at 5.2 per game. Christon was the District 16 Player of the Year, the Fort Ancient Valley Conference West Division Player of the Year, a Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star and Honorable Mention All-State. "Semaj is one of the most dedicated kids I have ever coached," said Winton Woods High School coach Donnie Gillespie. "Semaj's maturation on and off the court was remarkable, from the time he joined our team as a sophomore through his senior year. He has committed himself to being a better basketball player and a better person."
Davis is ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com, while earning a No. 140 ranking in his class by Rivals.com. ESPN.com has him ranked at No. 19 at his position while Scout has him at No. 25. Davis averaged 14.0 ppg. and shot 44 percent from three-point range last season for a Notre Dame Prep team that had 11 future Division I players, finished 33-4 and reached the National Championship game. He has averaged 26 ppg. so far this season in three games, including a season-high of 39 points. "Myles (Davis) shoots better than 99 percent of the people in the country," said Notre Dame Prep head coach Ryan Hurd. "I tell our guys if you can get the ball into his hands inside the gym, it's like a layup.
Farr is a three-star recruit for both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Farr, who is in his first season at Maine Central Institute, played previously at Evanston (Ill.) High School. MCI head coach Dave Campbell said "The best basketball for James is definitely ahead of him. James has tremendous talent and is crafty around the basket but also has the ability to step out and shoot from the outside."
Reynolds is listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com. Reynolds, who is in his first season at Brewster Academy, played previously at Livonia (Mich.) Stevenson High School. Reynolds, who didn't play as a junior at Stevenson after transferring from another school, made up for it by averaging 18.7 points, 15.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a senior at Livonia Stevenson, earning First Team All-State honors and Team MVP honors after leading his squad to a 20-3 record. "With Xavier's ability to develop big men," said Stevenson head coach Michael Allie, "the sky is the limit for Jalen and I am confident he will not disappoint."
Brewster Academy, the school where Christon and Reynolds are playing, is a familiar place to Xavier fans. Current Musketeers Mark Lyons and Andre Walker both attended Brewster Academy. Brewster head coach Jason Smith raves about Christon and Reynolds.
"Semaj has elite level speed and quickness combined with great court vision," said Smith. "He had 10 points, seven assists and seven steals in our first game. He is another in a long line of elite point guards that we have had here, including Mark Lyons.
"Reynolds has a tremendous amount of God-given ability," said Smith. "He finishes well around the basket and can step out and shoot it but some of things he can do on the court athletically are at an elite level. He made a play in our game last night where he faked in the open court, spun around a guy and drove in for a powerful dunk. His best basketball is probably two years away."
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