Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Scout's take: Xavier adds 6-10 forward
By Reggie Rankin
Fast-rising four-star power forward Makinde London (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Montverde Academy) ended his recruitment today when he committed to Xavier over VCU, Miami and Mississippi State.
This is an excellent pick up for Xavier coach Chris Mack. London is a talented, skilled forward who has grown to 6-foot-10 recently with his best playing days ahead.
London, who visited the Musketeers back on Sept. 13, developed a lasting impression that led to his commitment.
Why he committed: "Xavier had everything I needed and more, and by the time I leave there I will be next-level ready and if not I will have a great education," said London, who played with D13 Elite on the AAU circuit.
What he brings: London will provide Xavier with a long, skilled power forward who can finish above the rim on the break, make open shots with range to the arc and handle the ball against pressure from the wing and along the baseline in the halfcourt. He is a matchup problem because of his versatility inside and out. London is athletic, runs well and can make plays unlike most other power forwards he will matchup against. London has steadily grown and improved, and his upside is tremendous.
How he fits: Mack will allow London to rim run or run the outside lane on the break. The Musketeers' fast break has instantly improved with London on board. He will be put in pick-and-pop and pick-and-roll situations in addition to post isolations depending on matchups. London has the talent and potential to be a double-double performer when he adds strength and plays with a take-no-prisoners attitude. London also is capable of defending positions 3-5 with the coaching he will receive from Mack and his staff.
Who he reminds us of: London has the talent and potential to develop over time into a combination of Channing Frye, Grant Jerrett, Lamar Odom and Jeff Green type of power forward because of his size, skill and versatility.
How the class is shaping up: The Musketeers have addressed their needs and this class will also bring talent to each position. In addition to London, ESPN 100 PG Edmond Sumner (Detroit/Country Day) is an athletic playmaker with size and the ability to excel on and off the ball. SG J.P. Macura (Lakeville, Minn./North) has dependable knock-down shooting ability with deep range.