Ahead of Saturday’s crucial home game against the Limerick Celtics (Killarney Sports Centre, 7.30pm), the Scotts Lakers have strengthened their squad by adding 6’2” American guard Xavier Talton.
The Lakers are currently in third place in Division 1 of the National League and the club are hopeful that the acquisition of Talton, a former D1 college player at the University of Colorado, will boost their chances of promotion heading into the second half the season.
Talton’s arrival brings the Lakers’ United States contingent to two and, due to league restrictions, he will have to split his minutes with fellow American Aaron Jackson. Teams in the Irish league are only permitted to have one American on the floor at any one time.
With Jackson absent through suspension, Talton played 30 minutes in last weekend’s victory over the Limerick Sport Eagles and speaking to the Killarney Advertiser this week, head coach Shane McCarthy said he was pleased with the debutant’s performance.
“Xavier only practiced once before the game in Limerick and he did really well,” McCarthy said.
“He comes from a huge college in Colorado. His team played in the Pac-12 conference which is one of the biggest in the country. He’s a 6’2” pass-first guard who can also knock down the three ball. He gives us a different look and allows Mick [McGinn] to work more off the ball also. He played against NBA standard guys every day in college.”
The Colorado native is the Sterling High School record holder in points, assists, steals, games played and games won. He also played football and ran track.
Talton was a major player for the CU Buffaloes throughout his time in Boulder and he fell just one game shy of equalling the team’s all-time record for appearances. He subsequently played professionally in Macedonia.
Point of note: Xavier is pronounced ‘ex-ay-vier’.
It’s a case of one in, one out for the Killarney club as summer signing Victor Martínez returns to Spain following an unsuccessful half-season in the black and white of St Paul’s.
Pic: CU Buffaloes.