Elite Texas junior PF chooses Xavier

The Xavier Musketeers are on the board in the Class of 2014 after getting a commitment from power forward Melvin Swift (Houston/Yates) on Thursday over offers from Baylor, LSU and Texas A&M among others.

The 6-foot-7 Swift is a four-star prospect and on the cusp of being in the ESPN 60. He is ranked the No. 8 junior in Texas -- a state that is loaded with talent in the 2014 class.

Swift will bring elite athletic ability to Xavier. He excels in transition, where he is a highlight waiting to happen. He scores over his left shoulder in the lane and uses a quick first step to beat defenders with short, straight-line drives, which he can finish through contact.

Swift rebounds in and out of his area and blocks shots on the ball or coming to the rescue from the weak side. He has a great motor and plays with high energy and effort on both ends of the floor. He can also defend both forward positions with ease.

This is a huge pickup for Xavier coach Chris Mack. If he can consistently land players from Texas the caliber of Swift, the Musketeers will be accepted in an area -- especially in Houston and at Yates, which has a great tradition of producing players who make an immediate impact at the college level -- that will have high-level talent year in and year out.