Xavier Musketeers playing in the NBA

By | November 16, 2022

By Robbie Dzierzanowski, Campus Information Editor

Two former Xavier males’s basketball gamers proceed to make a reputation for themselves within the NBA as they show to be essential elements of their groups.

Edmond Sumner, a 2017 Xavier graduate from Detroit, MI is making waves and serving to the Brooklyn Nets float round 5 video games out of first place within the Japanese Convention. However, Xavier’s 2020 graduate of New Jersey, Naji Marshall, is a constant drive for the New Orleans Pelicans in his third straight season.

Sumner and Marshall, who narrowly missed taking part in Xavier collectively for one season, had been each a part of notable Xavier basketball seasons whereas taking part in for the Muskies within the mid-to-late 2010s.

Sumner was a member of the ultimate 2017 Elite Eight workforce coached by Chris Mack who was the No. 11 seed within the 2017 NCAA Males’s Basketball Match. The workforce misplaced within the Elite Eight to eventual nationwide runner-up Gonzaga in San Jose, California in March 2017.

In his three seasons as a Musketeer, Sumner performed in 59 video games, beginning in 48 of them and averaging 11.2 factors per sport whereas averaging 26.1 minutes per sport.

Marshall was an integral a part of the 2017-18 Musketeers workforce that gained the primary Massive East championship in class common season historical past, earned the ultimate No. 3 rating within the AP ballot in the course of the common season , a college file and helped win the varsity’s first. and the one NCAA Males’s Basketball Match rating No. 1 in class historical past.

Throughout his three-year profession with Xavier, he performed in 99 video games, beginning 82, and averaged 13 factors per sport and performed a mean of 31 minutes per sport.

Sumner, who was drafted within the second spherical of the 2017 NBA Draft at age 52 general, performed 4 seasons for the Indiana Pacers earlier than struggling a torn Achilles tendon in September 2021. In October 2021, he was traded alongside a second-round draft. select the Brooklyn Nets, the place he was waived by the Nets. Final summer time, Sumner resigned with the Nets regardless of not showing in a sport with the workforce the earlier season.

Marshall, an undrafted ahead, declared for the 2020 NBA draft after having a stellar junior season at Xavier the place he averaged 16.8 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds per sport . He was a member of Xavier’s 1,000-point membership, scoring a complete of 1,277 factors in three full seasons as a Musketeer.

Within the NBA, Marshall is in his third season averaging seven factors per sport and capturing 37% from three factors. He made his NBA debut as a member of the Pelicans in January 2021 and commenced receiving common minutes in April of that yr as a consequence of quite a lot of participant accidents on the workforce.

Marshall signed a multi-year contract extension in Could 2021 and has now appeared in additional than 100 video games for the Pelicans, together with the 2022 NBA Playoff Sequence towards the defending 2021 Western Convention champion Phoenix Suns.

Sumner within the NBA is rapidly making a reputation for himself after shedding his ripped Achilles, lastly getting again to the rhythm {of professional} basketball. He’s at present averaging 7.8 factors and 1.5 rebounds every per sport. He has appeared in additional than 120 profession NBA video games, the bulk together with his former workforce, the Indiana Pacers, averaging 46% from the sphere and 32% capturing from behind the arch.

Each former Musketeers are in motion this week, with Sumner and the Nets taking up the Portland Path Blazers on Thursday night time and Marshall and the Pelicans searching for a win over the burning Boston Celtics on Friday.