“So proud of how much work Samari has put into his skillset and his strength training,” Xenia coach Kent Anderson said. “It has most certainly paid huge dividends. Xavier is one of the top programs in the country.”
Xavier is No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press poll, and coach Chris Mack has turned up his recruiting a notch since the Musketeers joined the new Big East.
The 2017 class ranked No. 1 in the conference and 10th in the country. It was Mack’s third top 30 class in four years.
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Curtis is Xavier’s first commit for 2019.
He said in early January he also had offers from Akron, Toledo, Kent State and Cincinnati.
Curtis is the No. 4 prospect in Ohio according to 247Sports, just ahead of Trotwood-Madison guard Amari Davis and Sidney guard Andre Gordon.
Anderson said the last Division I basketball signee from Xenia was Lenny Bazelak, who played at Dartmouth from 1984-88.
Prior to that, 1979 graduate Eric Salter went to Iowa State.
The program also boasts one NBA player — Barry Clemens, who spent 11 seasons in the league after playing his college ball at Ohio Wesleyan.