Xavier Magazine

Setting the Pacer

Like most universities, some of Xavier’s best salespeople are its alumni. Take Brian Grant, for example. The 1994 graduate and National Basketball Association member talks so much about Xavier that Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal knew all about the University even before his team held a weeklong training camp on campus in early October.

“He talked about it all the time,” said O’Neal, who was Grant’s teammate with the Portland Trailblazers. “I haven’t seen much of campus, but this facility is extremely nice.”

That seemed to be the consensus.

“The food’s been good. The environment’s been good. The facilities are great,” Pacers coach Isaiah Thomas said. “The arena is a baby Conseco Fieldhouse.”

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