Xavier Basketball: Musketeers Land Forward Melvin Swift

Jon HancockSenior Analyst INovember 9, 2012

Picture via ESPN.com
Picture via ESPN.com

Melvin Swift, a 6'7" junior from Houston, Texas, has committed to the Xavier Musketeers Thursday night, according to Reggie Rankin of ESPN.com.

Swift picked the Musketeers over Kentucky, Kansas, SMU, Baylor and several other top Division I schools. 

The athletic junior is considered the 14th-best power forward by Scout.com and the 44th-best player in the 2014 class by Future150.com.

ESPN.com says of the 4-star prospect:

Swift is a very athletic power forward who runs the floor like a deer and plays above the rim on all clear path and angles. Swift has good strength that allows him to finish through contact with touch and body control.

Swift is known for his dunking and athletic ability, and the young forward will have plenty of time to develop the rest of his game the next two years at Jack Yates High School. At only 190 pounds, he will also need to gain some weight before playing at the college level.

Swift also played for Houston Hoops in AAU basketball tournaments over the summer.

This is Xavier head coach Chris Mack's second commit of the week. Kamall Richards, a 3-star senior, announced his commitment to the Musketeers. Richards is a 6'5" forward from South Kent, Conn.

Coach Mack still has a lot of recruiting to do for the 2013 and 2014 classes, but having a quality commit for each class will give some relief as Xavier starts its 2012-13 regular season.

The Musketeers take on Fairleigh Dickinson Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.