Busy week for men’s basketball

By: Brent Raines ~Staff Writer~

Just because its season is over does not mean that there are not any updates on the Xavier basketball team. Here are just a few as we begin the countdown to Musketeer Madness:

Big Man’s Big Weekend

After Xavier’s über-talented and Uber-driving senior center broke into the national conscious with his outstanding game in the Sweet Sixteen against Arizona, Matt Stainbrook got to spend another weekend in the spotlight.

Stainbrook was invited to play in April 3’s Reese’s College All-Star Game for graduating seniors at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Playing for the East, Stainbrook finished with five points, two rebounds and two blocks in a 107-89 loss to the West.

Stainbrook then spent a day interning for the Dan Patrick Show, a nationally-syndicated radio show also broadcasted on NBC Sports Network.

Wearing his full Musketeer uniform, Stainbrook discussed pies and schooled the show’s hosts in an improvised basketball game.

The center also discussed his professional prospects, claiming that he does not think he would be drafted but that he could still make the NBA.

“If I said that I didn’t think I’d have a shot at the end of this month, I’d be a liar,” Stainbrook said. “I believe in myself and think I’m a good player.”

Mack gets another year

After leading Xavier to its third appearance in the Sweet Sixteen in his six years as head coach, Chris Mack’s contract has been extended a year through the end of the 2020-21 season.

This happened less than a year after he received a two-year extension from the university last May that made him the highest paid coach in Xavier history.

While it is unclear if the latest extension includes a pay raise, his salary of over $1.1 million made him the 39th highest-paid coach in the 68-team NCAA Tournament.

Steele still waiting

—Xavier assistant coach Travis Steele still does not have a head coaching job, despite interviewing for the now-filled Northern Kentucky University job last week.

Stainbrook, who was voted to the Second Team All-Big East, scored 805 points in his Xavier career
Stainbrook, who was voted to the Second Team All-Big East, scored 805 points in his Xavier career

Steele, 31, has been at Xavier for seven years and is responsible for bringing in Indiana recruits such as Trevon Blueitt and Dee Davis for the Musketeers.

According to an ESPN report, the Butler alum is on the short-list of candidates for the Wisconsin- Green Bay vacancy along with two others. The Phoenix are members of the Horizon League and lost in the first round of the NIT finishing with a 24-9 record.

Randolph to transfer

After appearing in just 24 games last year for the Muskies, sophomore guard Brandon Randolph will transfer.

The former four-star recruit from Inglewood, Cal., was never able to develop into the player that fans and coaches alike hoped he would become.

In his second season with Xavier, Randolph averaged only 2.1 points per game and fewer than ten minutes per game. In 2014-15, his production and playing time decreased from the previous season.