Xavier head coach Sean Miller lands his first recruiting commitment

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Fans hang a sign in anticipation of Xavier’s newly higher head coach Sean Miller in the first half of the NIT Second Round game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Florida Gators at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Sunday, March 20, 2022. The game was tied at 33 going into halftime.
Fans hang a sign in anticipation of Xavier’s newly higher head coach Sean Miller in the first half of the NIT Second Round game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Florida Gators at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Sunday, March 20, 2022. The game was tied at 33 going into halftime.

Sean Miller received his first recruiting commitment on Friday less than a week after reaching an agreement to return to Xavier University as the men's basketball head coach.

Kam Craft will honor his commitment to Xavier and remain a part of the Musketeers' 2022 recruiting class, Craft told The Enquirer.

Craft, who's already signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Xavier, committed to former head coach Travis Steele last July.

Steele and Xavier parted ways last week, and a little more than three days later, Xavier reached an agreement with Miller.

"I'm glad they hired a coach like Miller," said Craft. "I think I fit his style. I'm glad I get to stay."

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Craft's a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, who's ranked No. 62 nationally the 2022 class by 247Sports' composite rankings.

Craft said he was aware of Miller's resume and the success he's had.

Turns out, Craft said, Miller was also aware of him.

"He said he was familiar with me," said Craft. "He watched my film from EYBL (Nike Elite Youth Basketball League) and Peach Jam. He said he liked my ability to score and rebound and thought it could translate from the EYBL to college."

Craft also pointed out that Miller played in the Big East at Pittsburgh and "he's a winner, he wants to win Big East championships and go to the NCAA Tournament."

Even though Craft originally committed to Steele, he said, "I loved Xavier on my visits. I like the fan base, I like the facilities and I like the school. That's part of the reason why I committed too because I really liked the spot where I was at."

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Craft's from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, but he transferred before last season to the Skill Factory in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played for head coach Trey Scotti, Xavier's former video coordinator and director of basketball operations.

Scotti told The Enquirer, "Kam is the best shot-maker in high school basketball. He has a knack to make difficult shots from all levels, but will also give you a handful of games where he makes five to seven 3-pointers.

"It's going to sound like coach-speak, but Kam's success isn't a mystery. He never misses a voluntary workout, never shows up late, and never presents an issue for a coach that is a distraction from the goals of the team. He's as low maintenance of a player that you will find for a guy with his accolades."

Craft is one of three incoming recruits Xavier landed in the 2022 class. Fellow four-star commit Tyrell Ward has already re-opened his recruitment after Steele's departure, although he said Xavier is still an option. Four-star point guard Desmond Claude will also have to decide if he wants to stick with the Musketeers.

"The first time around I was the first to commit as well (before Ward and Claude)," said Craft. "So I haven't even really communicated with them. But I feel like if they see me commit again it could possibly lead to them committing again as well. I could be wrong, but I feel like that could be a possibility."

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Xavier commit Kam Craft re-commits to Sean Miller