Posted by Jeff Borzello
For the second season in a row, Chris Mack and Xavier have landed a marquee mid-major transfer. Last season, the Musketeers picked up Travis Taylor from Monmouth.
On Wednesday night, Towson transfer Isaiah Philmore made the move to Xavier.
“He thought it was a good fit,” Delaware Sharpshooters AAU coach Duane Coverdale told CBSSports.com. “He really liked the staff on his visit. They have a very strong tradition of being very successful. That’s something he wanted to be a part of.”
Philmore, a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds last season, chose the Musketeers over Dayton and Delaware State.
Coverdale said Xavier’s winning tradition put it over the top.
“He’s giving himself the best chance to play at the highest level,” Coverdale said.
A very good inside-outside combo forward, Philmore can score around the rim but also possesses a nice stroke on his jumpshot out to the 3-point arc. His speed presents a match-up problem.
Coverdale is confident Philmore can compete in the Atlantic 10.
“If he busts his tail – and he’s got basically 18 months to make it happen – he can play,” he said. “He’s a very good player. The work ethic has been there and will always be there, I think he can. I thought he was good enough to play there right out of high school.”