Xavier Sawyer has accepted an athletic scholarship to play for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Xavier will be joining a competitive NCAA Division-II program at a school that also features challenging academics.
Xavier first joined Global Squad out of Yongsan International School (YISS) in Seoul, South Korea. At the time Xavier was a 6-foot wiry small forward. He didn’t exactly strike fear in opponents or get college coaches excited. Basically Xavier offered little more than tremendous athletic ability.
Fortunately this athletic ability was at a level which allowed Xavier to have some impressive performances. Against the New Jersey Tarheels Xavier had a 22 point outburst on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 shooting from the charity stripe. Xavier also finished 3rd on the team in points and steals, despite being the youngest player in a gold uniform.
When Xavier arrived back in Seoul he was a transformed player. With one season of Global Squad under his belt he knew the level he needed to maintain if he was going to reach the NCAA. Xavier moved from his forward position to the point guard spot. He no longer just relied on athletic ability, but he had some skills which made him a real handful. Xavier led YISS in nearly every statistical category. He also set the KAIAK single-game scoring record when he dropped 53 points vs Osan American School.
Xavier returned to Global Squad for a 2nd season and immediately caught the attention of college coaches. Xavier was a nightmare for opposing point guards. His end-to-end speed, slashing ability, and defensive pressure helped to carry his team as he stuffed the stat-sheet. At times he was simply unstoppable.
Xavier led the Gold Dragons in points, assists, steals, and blocks. His best game of the season came vs New York Pride when he tallied 20 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He also racked up 19 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals vs Keystone Blazers.
Xavier had an impressive 2nd season with Global Squad, but it was clear he needed to spend a full year playing and training in the U.S. There were still parts of his game that needed to be polished. Xavier also needed to face players who could match his athletic ability to force additional skill development.
Xavier decided to finish his high school career at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Blair Academy has one of the best basketball programs in the U.S. and it provided Xavier the chance to play elite basketball while simultaneously getting recruited year-round. This move clearly paid-off in a big way.
The entire point of Global Squad is to help international players, like Xavier, discover college basketball isn’t just a pipe dream. Once Xavier was shown the possibilities he put in the work and never looked back. Global Squad is so proud to be part of Xavier’s journey from Seoul, South Korea to his new home at University of the Sciences.
Congratulations, Xavier! Good luck next season!