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Musketeers tout a robust 2020 recruiting class

By Joe Clark | Staff Writer

Four-star prospect Dwon Odom is one of the coveted prospects verbally committed to Xavier, and he highlights a strong 2020 recruiting class.

After fielding the No. 26 recruiting class in his first recruiting venture as Xavier’s head coach, Travis Steele has hit the trail hard again for 2020, bringing in a class that’s currently ranked sixth in the nation, per 247Sports.

The class is headlined by two four-star recruits in Dwon Odom and CJ Wilcher. Those two are joined by three-star Colby Jones, who is ranked just outside the top 100 recruits nationally at No. 132, according to 247.

Odom, who’s ranked 50th nationally in 247’s rankings, was the first to commit to the Musketeers, announcing his intention to come to Xavier last July. He also checks in at No. 77 on the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class.

Odom plays for St. Francis High School, the same program that produced former Xavier forward Kaiser Gates.

Long considered to be one of the top recruits in the class of 2020, Odom, a 6-foot-1 point guard, is known for his athleticism and ability to penetrate the defense inside.

He has the potential to be a high-level defender. 247 drew comparisons in his play style to Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe.

Wilcher was the second recruit to commit to the Musketeers, and the 6-foot-5 guard from New Jersey is believed to be one of the best pure shooters in the class of 2020.

Along with Naji Marshall and Zach Freemantle, Wilcher would be the third player on Xavier’s roster to call the Garden State home.

Wilcher is an off-guard who would complement Odom’s play nicely. Wilcher might not be as athletic as Odom but offers his services as a shooter. 247 praised his off-ball movement.

Xavier’s third commit for 2020 is Jones, 6-foot-6 wing. 247 said that Jones “does everything at least at an above-average level” and that he has a high basketball IQ.

He is projected to play shooting guard, but he could also play on the wing at the small forward spot because of his strength and rebounding ability.

With another open scholarship available, Xavier is in the hunt for a fourth recruit to fill out its 2020 class.

After missing out on Ben Carlson, who committed to Wisconsin, it’s speculated that Xavier’s top target is four-star JJ Traynor.

The team is also involved with three-star wing Darius Miles and three-star combo guard Karim Mane, among others.

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