One of the players who has his stock rise the most during the month of July was Griffin McKenzie. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Cincinnati, Ohio saw his offer list explode after a strong start to the July signing period. After making a pair of official visits, the Rivals 150 product issued a commitment on Wednesday afternoon.
After the first July evaluation period McKenzie reeled in offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Xavier.
Once he got home from Las Vegas, McKenzie was able to narrow down his list of schools to four. Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Xavier made the cut. After taking an unofficial visit to Xavier, McKenzie recently made back-to-back official visits to Northwestern and Wake Forest.
He had scheduled an official to Vanderbilt, but that trip got cancelled, and on Wednesday afternoon during a press conference at his high school, McKenzie decided to stay home and attend Xavier University.
When asked why he picked Xavier, McKenzie said, "I want to announce my commitment to Xavier and Head Coach Chris Mack. It really came down to a gut feeling and that Xavier was the total package for me."
According to McKenzie the other schools on his list made things very difficult on him, "The other visits went extremely well. They answered all the questions I had and give me all the information I asked for. It was an extremely tough decision."
McKenzie now becomes Xavier's four verbal commitment in the 2010 class. All four of those players rank amongst the top 150 players in the country.