Xavier receives signed letters from Jason Love and Charles Bronson

Men's basketball coach Sean Miller now has four standout newcomers on next year's roster | November 16, 2005

Men’s basketball coach Sean Miller received signed national letters of intent from 6'9, 260-pound forward Jason Love from Abington Friends School in Philadelphia and and 6'10, 225-pound center Charles Bronson from Panola College in
Carthage, Texas. The latter has three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2006-2007 season.

“We are elated to have both Charles Bronson and Jason Love join our basketball program and University," Miller says. "Knowing that we were losing both Brian Thornton and Will Caudle to graduation this spring made signing frontcourt players a huge priority in this year’s recruiting class. In Charles and Jason we have two players with great size that complement each other very well. We look forward to working with both of them to continue our tradition of having excellent frontcourt performers at Xavier.”

Love averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as a
junior while helping his Abington Friends team finish 19-10 and reach the Friends League Finals. Love, who was named 2004-2005 First Team All-Friends League and 2004-2005 Second Team All-Montgomery County, was named as a honorable mention All-American in the 2005-2006 Street & Smith’s preseason basketball magazine.

“Jason is extremely coachable,” says Abington Friends head coach Steve Chadwin. “Jason is dedicated to being the best player he can be. He continues to improve his strength, his footwork and his moves around the basket every day. His best basketball is ahead of him.”

Bronson played his high school basketball at Lutheran Christian High School. Bronson averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Lutheran, leading his team to a 29-5
record. He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds as a junior.

“Charles is a very skilled player,” says Panola head coach Scott
Monarch. “He’s very skilled on the block. He reminds me a lot of Kevin McHale because he’s so crafty. He can really score and he is getting better and better running the floor and rebounding the basketball. We run and get up and down the floor aggressively. We don’t wait for anyone.” Panola is off to a 4-0 start this season. Bronson contributed 32 points and 23 rebounds to the two victories last weekend.

These two signings bring Miller’s recruiting class to three for
the November signing period, which ended Nov. 16. Last week Miller received the signed letter from Adrion Graves, a 6'4, 185-pound guard from Cincinnati’s Hughes High School, who was named as a high honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith’s and a 2005 First Team Boys Division I All-Star selection by The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Miller actually has four standout newcomers on next year’s
roster. Former Oklahoma Sooner starting point guard Drew Lavender, who transferred to Xavier and has been practicing with the Musketeers since October, is eligible for games next season. The 5'7, 153-pound Lavender, a former McDonald’s All-American prep star at Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio, played in 63 games over the past two seasons for the Sooners, starting 59 times. He played in 32 games as a sophomore, averaging 9.7 points and 3.2 assists while helping OU finish 25-8 overall and reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. Lavender has two seasons of game eligibility left beginning with the 2006-2007 season.