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Upon first look at Jalen Reynolds' numbers, you may be wondering how he made this list. But Reynolds is one of the hottest Musketeers in uniform right now. This highly touted recruit had to redshirt last year and was having trouble accruing minutes on the floor this season as he tried to learn Xavier's system.
That was before last week.
In Xavier's huge road win over St. John's, the 6'9" freshman had 17 points and 16 rebounds. In Xavier's next victory over Top 10 Creighton at Cintas, Reynolds had six points with nine rebounds.
Expect his role to increase significantly following what looked like a painful season-ending knee injury to junior center Matt Stainbrook in Monday's loss to Seton Hall. Stainbrook was a significant contributor to the Musketeers.
What are the tradeoffs between the two?
Reynolds will offer a paint presence that Stainbrook simply cannot—his reach, his accessibility to the rim, his jump are all better than Stainbrook's. But Stainbrook was smart, knew his assignments and was a rebounding machine. Plus, he had nice touch around the rim.
Reynolds is the only way the Musketeers can survive the loss of their starting center.