In his freshman season at Xavier, West was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after leading the A-10 in rebounding (9.1) and finishing fourth on the Musketeers in scoring (11.7).
In his sophomore season, West led Xavier in scoring (17.8 ppg), rebounding (10.9 RPG, tops in A-10 and fourth nationally), and blocks (2.1 BPG). He recorded five 20-point, 20-rebound games throughout the 2000–01 season as he earned his first A-10 Player of the Year award.
In his junior season, West was named the A-10 Player of the Year and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while also winning A-10 Tournament MVP honors. He averaged 9.8 rebounds (26th in the nation) and 2.5 blocks (22nd in the nation) per game and recorded the first triple-double in school history with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against Long Island University.
In his senior season, West garnered two of the five major college basketball Player of the Year honors, being named AP National Player of the Year and National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. He became the first three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press in 2002–03. In addition, he became just the third player in Xavier history to surpass 2,000 points and only the second to eclipse 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, joining Tyrone Hill.
In October 2007, Sports Illustrated released Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book, which featured West on its NCAA All-Decade Team for the decade beginning in 2000. He was joined by Connecticut’s Emeka Okafor and three Duke players, Jay Williams, J. J. Redick and Shane Battier.
Xavier currently plays its home games at the Cintas Center, a 10,224 seat multi-purpose arena that opened in 2000. The Cintas Center is the fifth different home site in program history.
At Cintas Center, Xavier enjoys one of the nation’s best home court advantages. As of April 2018 the Musketeers have compiled a 258–41 (an .863 winning percentage) record since moving to its on-campus home in 2000. Xavier enjoyed a 15–0 mark at home during the 2009–10, its only perfect record for a season at Cintas Center. During the 2017–2018 season, the Musketeers set a Cintas Center record with 17 home victories. The building was named the #3 “Toughest Place to Play” on EA Sports’ NCAA Basketball ’10. In August 2018 the NCAA named it as the 8th toughest home court in college basketball.
Through the 2018–2019 season, Cintas Center has hosted 3,011,308 fans for Xavier home games and the Musketeers have averaged 10,071 fans (better than 98% capacity) per game during that time. The 2017–2018 season marked the highest average attendance in Cintas Center history with an average 10,475 (over 102% capacity) Musketeer fans at each home game.
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1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1925 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2013 – Present / Big East Conference
1995 – 2013 / Atlantic 10 Conference
1985 – 1995 / Midwestern Collegiate Conference
1979 – 1985 / Midwestern City Conference
Musketeers – “The Musketeers” was adopted as Xavier’s nickname in 1925 to symbolize the “All for One, One for All” spirit of the University.
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