Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:03 am
Edited on: September 1, 2009 8:07 am
I wrote a column Monday about the widening gap between BCS and non-BCS schools in basketball, and in that column I mentioned how even the best non-BCS programs can't keep their coaches from jumping to a power league when the right job opens. Memphis and Xavier learned as much after last season. Thus R.C. Johnson (Memphis) and Mike Bobinski (Xavier) were forced to replace coaches, and both turned to assistants already in the program.
Fortunately for them, the moves seem to be working.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner already has a commitment from Will Barton (No. 3 in the Class of 2010 at MaxPreps.com), and barring a major surprise he'll also land Joe Jackson (No. 11 in the Class of 2010 at MaxPreps.com), sooner or later. Meantime, Xavier coach Chris Mack has commitments from Class of 2010 standouts Justin Martin and Jordan Latham, both of whom are in Scout.com's Top 100.
Martin is ranked 87th.
Latham is ranked 96th.
Dayton is the only other A-10 school with a Top 100 commitment.
And that's a good indication that Xavier should remain strong in the league.
"I think it's pretty impressive that Chris has already established himself and is not skipping a beat," said A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade. "I think Mike Bobinski and president [Michael] Graham made a great hire in staying with Chris -- somebody who really knew [Xavier] and believed in the system."