New season, new players for men’s team

By Ben Dickison, Staff Writer

Sean Miller is back and the buzz is palpable at 3800 Victory Parkway. Miller’s arrival coincides with the arrival of three highly-touted newcomers to this year’s men’s basketball roster. One of these newcomers is Texas-El Paso transfer Souley Boum, who ranked second in Conference USA in scoring this past season. 

He is regarded as one of the “top 30 impact transfers” by college basketball reporter and insider Jon Rothstein of CollegeHoopsToday.com and CBS Sports. Boum exploded onto the scene with a 23 point performance against Morgan State in the season opener and has established himself as the team’s starting point guard. 

New to the roster as well are star freshmen Desmond Claude and Kam Craft. Claude, a former four-star recruit from New Haven, CT. ‘Des’ played his high school basketball for Putnam Science Academy.

In an interview with Rothstein’s CollegeHoopsToday.com, Coach Miller said of Claude, “He gives us more versatility. He’s very poised…you can’t speed him up.” 

The other freshman guard new to Musketeer Basketball is Kam Craft 6’6” sharpshooter Kam Craft, who hails from Chicago but spent his last season of high school basketball at The Skill Factory in Atlanta, GA.

Craft is a shooting guard known for lighting up defenses from beyond the arc. He was selected for the 2022 Jordan Brand Classic, which is essentially an All-Star game for the cream-of-the-crop talent in high school hoops. 

There is a natural learning curve for freshmen who play big minutes in college ball, but Craft and Claude seem poised to thrive in substantial roles this season. Other new additions to the roster include sophomore walk-on Bradley Colbert, who transferred from Louisville for this season and plays shooting guard. 

Sophomore guard Bob Nunge, younger sibling of star center Jack Nunge, is on the roster this season after serving as a practice player for last-year’s team. Freshman forward Ian Sabourin is also now on the roster, after originally also being in the role of practice player. In addition, Colorado native and guard Michael Wolf joins the team this season. 

In fact, other than Souley Boum, the Xavier starting five has consisted of returning players up to this point in the season.

Fans should be enlivened at the thought of Craft and Claude developing for a year under the tutelage of a world-class staff and more experienced teammates, paired with a 2023 recruiting class currently ranked No. 14.