What’s next for Xavier basketball?
The Badgers basketball program is taking a big step forward in the new year, with the addition of four-star point guard and five-star center Juwan Jones.
Sources say Jones is expected to be the Big East’s leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting.
Jones is also a solid rebounder who can also defend.
He was named the preseason Associated Press All-Big East Second Team.
Jones is the sixth member of the Xavier basketball family to be recruited by a top-tier program.
The last Xavier recruit to play in the Big 12 was freshman Jalen Hill, who was the league’s top player from 2013-15.
The Badgers have already recruited three other three-star recruits in Jones and five other five-stars: forward Ryan Smith, guard Jalen Johnson and point guard Aaron Harrison.
Jones and the Badgers are the first four-win programs in Big East history.
Jones was the second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for the Bulldogs last season, leading the league with 21.4 points per contest and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
He led Xavier to a 10-2 record, including a 9-1 mark against teams with a winning record.
Jones also was a two-time First Team All-American, and earned First Team accolades for scoring in double figures.
The Big Ten, which had three teams with at least one four- or five-win season last year, now has six Big Ten teams that are ranked in the top 25 of KenPom.