Xavier’s Freshman All American Semaj Christon
By: Alexander Onaindia
Xavier’s Semaj Christon was one of the bright young stars in college basketball last season. Christon, a 6’3 guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, shined for Xavier in 2012-2013. As a freshman he started all but one game and averaged 15.2 points per game. Christon spent time at both guard positions with the ball in his hands for the Musketeers and despite some growing pains that any freshman goes through, he played exceptionally well.
Christon was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and made 2nd team All Atlantic 10 as a freshman. He also was named a Freshman All American. This was something no freshman had ever accomplished at Xavier. He had the ability to attack the rim at ease and blow by defenders last season. He was arguably one of the top freshman guards in the country and may very well be on his way to becoming one of the best players in the country.
Xavier coach Chris Mack said of Semaj Christon, “The biggest thing that surprises me about him is how high his ceiling is, he’s going to be a really special player.” With the potential he has it is only fitting that he would work with some of the best guards in the world. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Christon attended the Nike Basketball Point Guard Skills Academy in New Jersey in June. He was able to learn from two of the best guards in the NBA, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams.
For the 2013-2014 season expect Christon to take huge strides in his game. His biggest task ahead of him is he needs to improve his jump shot. He shot 44% from the field but most of those baskets were attacking the rim. He only made 7 three point field goals all year and shot 67% from the free throw line. The improvement should be evident next season.
Semaj Christon will help carry Xavier to the top of the Atlantic 10 next season. By learning from NBA stars, working on his jump shot and taking more of a leadership role for the Musketeers, the sky is the limit.
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