Justin Cage, a well rounded 6-5, 200 pound swingman/small forward from Pike H.S. in Indianapolis, Ind., told us his choice of Xavier was an easy one. "I knew those guys when they were at Butler," Cage said. "They were recruiting me then. I really liked Butler and DePaul too."
Cage, who impressed us last month with Gary Betts' No Excuses program at the Spiece Run N Slam Tournament, told the Insiders Report/Rivalshoops.com that he had been offered scholarships thus far by Butler, Ball State, Memphis, DePaul, Xavier and Iowa.
Others showing interest included Indiana, Indiana State and Notre Dame. But Xavier pushed hard on Cage and he responded. "I think I have a chance to play when I get there," Cage said. "It's a great league too. I think with their guys graduating I have a chance to help out right away."
Cage had a chance to unofficially visit Xavier, Indiana and Purdue. Cage averaged 13 points, 7.6 rebounds and three assists per game this past season at Pike, which is perennially one of the top basketball programs in the state of Indiana.
At Spiece last month, Cage impressed us with his ability to play both inside and out. He has a rugged build which aids him in forays to the basket, yet also displayed keen passing ability from the high post.
-- Russ Blake contributed to this report