Projected 2014-15 Starting Lineup for the Xavier Musketeers

Gregory Shamus

After losing three of its top four scorers from last season, Xavier will try to regroup and fill that offensive void with its new starting five for 2014-15.

Dee Davis (Senior, Point Guard)

2013-14 Stats: 7.7 ppg, 4.7 apg

Davis will once again assume the role as the glue of the Musketeers team, as he assumes his third full season as the floor general. Last season, Davis struggled to find his own shot as he looked to transform into a reliable point guard in his second year as a starter. He shot measly 39.8 percent from the field as he struggled to find his shot. If you think that is bad, he was even worse when Xavier lost, as he shot only 23.1 percent in games Xavier did not win. Even though he could not seem to find his shot last season, he did come into his own as a pure point guard. He committed, on average, just 1.9 turnovers per game last season and dished out a career high amount of assists, finishing the season with a 2.40 assist to turnover ration, good enough for 46th nationally. Look for him to make even more strides this next season as he looks to become a reliable scorer as well as top distributor.

Myles Davis (Sophomore, Shooting Guard)

2013-14 Stats: 5.3 ppg

After waiting an extra year for Myles Davis to become eligible, it is safe to say that Xavier fans expected much more then what they ultimately received. Davis is best known for having a silky smooth jump shot, but it did not show last season. He struggled to find any sort of offensive rhythm, shooting only 33.5 percent from the field and only 33.1 percent from beyond 3-point range. Despite having size better suited for a point guard (6-foot-2, 195 lbs.) I think he would be best suited at the shooting guard spot so he can be inserted into a starting role this season. He will certainly have huge shoes to fill -- those of recently drafted Semaj Christon -- if Chris Mack goes with this lineup. Shoudl he bring back his dangerous jump shot though, look for him to drastically improve from his freshman campaign.

Treveon Bluiett (Freshman, Small Forward)

2013-14 Stats (Park Tudor School): 36.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg

Now head coach Chris Mack has never been one that likes to give significant minutes to true freshman, with the exception of Dez Wells, but he may have to make an exception for Bluiett. Bluiett was one of the top high school players in one of the top basketball states in the nation in Indiana. He is one of the best scorers in the class of 2014 -- just look at those offensive numbers -- and can come in immediately and produce offensively. The Musketeers need all the scoring they can get as it is already, after losing three of their top four scorers from last season. Bluiett would be some much needed instant offense for Chris Mack and co. next season as they try to adjust to life without over 54 percent of their offense from last season.

James Farr (Junior, Power Forward)

2013-14 Stats: 4.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg

Outside of who will replace Christon, last season's leading scorer, the biggest and most important question for the 2014-15 Xavier Musketeers is who will be the starting power forward. Both of the main options for the team are both gone (Isaiah Philmore graduated and Justin Martin transferred to SMU). For my money, Farr is the best option to fill that role. He has the most experience of any of the returning men who can play the four spot and can add some much needed offense. He is very versatile as a scorer, and is big enough to pound the rock inside (6-foot-9, 237 lbs.) but he also can shoot well enough to stretch out a defense, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. His biggest weakness comes on the defensive side of the ball, but if he can become a more versatile defender in the offseason, he could lock up the power forward spot very early on in the season.

Matt Stainbrook (Senior, Center)

2013-14 Stats: 10.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Along with Dee Davis, Stainbrook is the only other returning starter from last season's team. And he could easily become one of the best big men in the entire conference. Stainbrook should continue to get a ton of touches, and he needs to establish himself inside as early as possible in order for the Musketeer offense to really click. He can be a force inside at times, as a 55 percent shooter form the field, but he is a pretty good passer for his size and at times he is at his best offensively when he is not scoring. Next season will definitely be an adjustment period for Xavier offensively, as the team looks for a new No. 1 scoring option post-Christon. If the two Davis guards, who were often unreliable shooters, struggle early, look for the offensive load to be pushed onto Stainbrook's shoulders early on in the process.

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