Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Aiken, SC--Not a lot of folks thought USC Aiken would run out to an 11 and 0 start. Here they are, getting ready to really crank up the peach belt schedule with the perfect mark. A lot of new faces on the roster are making a big impact including Xzavier Barmore
Barmore is a junior, but this marks his first season with the Pacers. From Seneca, South Carolina, he's fit perfectly in the up tempo style Mark Vanderslice is running. Second on the team in scoring and leads in the assist department. He was a 2000 point scorer in high school, but now prides himself in distributing the rock.
"I don't really worry about scoring, I'd just assume get my teammates involved first, but if I have to score and we need it that night, I'll score the ball. I knew I had a lot of potential, just all the hard work I've put in, just happy to see that it pays off." said Xzavier Barmore
While he has family that played basketball, none did at college. His older brother played football at Presbyterian and those back yard battles is where Barmore developed some of the toughness he has.
"When we played outside, he use to rough me up."
Did that help you?
"Yes sir, it helped me mature as a man, get bigger, stronger and faster" added Barmore
Barmore also credits coach Vanderslice for being a big impact on him landing in Aiken. Being a small town kid, it a good fit for him and feels Vanderslice will get him to where he wants to go. Pacers host Columbus State Saturday.