Men's basketball signs two prep All-Americans

Josh Duncan, Stanley Burrell sign national letters of intent and will join team next season | November 24, 2003

Xavier University head basketball coach Thad Matta received two national letters of intent from the early signing period: Josh Duncan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Cincinnati Moeller High School, and Stanley Burrell, a 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis Ben Davis High School and Hargrave Military Academy.

"Josh and Stanley are very mature for their age," says Matta.
"They have been well-coached and come from great, winning programs. We love to recruit guys that know how to win."

Duncan, a 2003-2004 Street & Smith high honorable mention All-American, averaged 18.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a junior last season, while leading Moeller to a 23-4 record and the 2003 Ohio Division I State Championship. The versatile Duncan hit 39 percent of his shots from three-point range.

Duncan earned a long list of honors as a junior, including 2002-2003 Cincinnati Enquirer/Channel 9 boys prep player of the year, Associated Press first team All-Ohio, AP southwest district player of the year, GCL South co-athlete of the year and the MVP of the Division I state basketball tournament.

"Josh is a true multi-dimensional player," says Matta. "He can play a number of positions for us. He is a great shooter from three-point range but also has the strength and ability to finish in the lane. Josh has a great understanding of how to play the game of basketball."

Burrell, a 2003-2004 Street & Smith honorable mention All-American, averaged 21.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a senior at Ben Davis High School last season, while leading the team to a 15-9 record and a spot in the regional finals. He earned 2003 Associated Press second team All-Indiana honors.

"Stanley is a strong athlete that can play either guard position," says Matta. "He shoots the ball well and does a great job of making his teammates better."

Burrell has a number of familiar Xavier connections. He is playing this season at Hargrave Military Academy, the same prep school that sent 2003 national player of the year David West to Xavier. He played on the 2003 Indiana all-star team with current Xavier freshman Justin Cage against the 2003 Kentucky all-star team, which featured current Xavier freshman Justin Doellman.