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UW’s Jeff Linder says Xavier Dusell ‘continues to get better’

Guard Xavier Dusell was one of the newcomers last year to basketball in Laramie, and by the end of the season, he rarely left the floor. UW Head Basketball Coach Jeff Linder says that Dusell continues to get better.
University of Wyoming Guard Xavier Dusell returns to the Cowboys after being a key cog during...
University of Wyoming Guard Xavier Dusell returns to the Cowboys after being a key cog during the stretch run of the 2020-21 season.(Nick Kuzma)
Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 1:30 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team had the fifth-youngest roster in the country last season, and it will return most of the production from last year’s team.

Guard Xavier Dusell is one of the returning members of last year’s team, and he became a key cog for the Cowboys during the stretch run. It was his first year playing college basketball, and he started the final 10 games for the Pokes.

Dusell led the team in 3-pointers made with 57, and he averaged 9.7 points per game to go along with nearly an assist and a pair of rebounds per game.

UW Head Basketball Coach Jeff Linder said Dusell continues to get better. “He’s a huge security blanket,” said Linder. “From an offensive standpoint, that’s a bonus, and I thought we saw as the season went on his ability to make shots and to stretch the defense.”

Improving on defense has been a focal point for Linder’s squad since last season ended, and it’s an important part of a player’s game to see the floor. It’s the defensive adjustments that Dusell’s made since he arrived in Laramie that surprised Linder the most.

“He’s a really smart kid. I mean really smart kid who can really process things very, very quickly and just doesn’t make, like Maldo, just makes very few mistakes on the defensive end, and that’s why he played at the end of the season.”

The Cowboys will open their season in Laramie on Nov. 10 against Detroit-Mercy.

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