Xavier men's basketball coach Sean Miller is back with the Musketeers after 12 years at the University of Arizona.  Miller started his head coaching career at Xavier from 2005-09.

10 thoughts on upcoming Musketeers season

Less than two months stand between the start of the 2022-23 college basketball season, and in many ways, the setting surrounding Xavier University’s men’s basketball team is quite different than this time last year.

A new head coach, who’s actually Xavier’s old head coach. New assistant coaches. A new strength coach. Some players graduated, many returned, and three new scholarship players joined the roster of a team that won the National Invitation Tournament six months ago.

Here are 10 thoughts on the upcoming season.

The return of Sean Miller

When Xavier parted ways with Travis Steele in March, Miller quickly emerged as the top candidate, and it only took a few days for both sides to agree to a deal.

With Jay Wright’s retirement at Villanova, Xavier now has one of the most experienced and winningest coaches in the Big East Conference, a conference Miller played in at Pittsburgh.

Miller’s 422 career wins rank third among active coaches in the Big East, behind Creighton’s Greg McDermott (556) and Butler’s Thad Matta (439).

Miller’s a proven coach who can make the NCAA Tournament and compete for conference championships. He’s more than capable of getting Xavier back to where he expects to be.

The question this season is what Miller can do with a roster that was nearly all inherited from the previous coaching staff.

The potential of Colby Jones

There may have been some lapses in production over the last two seasons. Maybe you can chalk that up to growing pains, the system, or maybe the surrounding pieces weren’t always complementary.

Xavier junior guard Colby Jones opted to return to the Musketeers this season and if he plays this season the way he finished last season, it could be a special one for Jones.

One thing’s certain: If Colby Jones can put together an entire season the way he finished last year, winning MVP of the National Invitation Tournament, then Xavier could have a bonafide star in the Big East and beyond.

Over the final 11 games last season, Jones averaged 14.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

He spoke to The Enquirer over the summer about the areas where he wants to improve. Last season, Jones shot 29% from 3-point range and 68% from the foul line.

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