HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest Men’s Basketball team has announced the addition of two more student-athletes to the 2019-2020 roster with the signing of Xavier Hallinan and Xavier Allison, two transfer guards who will look to make an immediate impact on the program this upcoming season.
“Both Xavier Hallinan and Xavier Allison fit what we are about with our basketball family,” Purdue University Northwest Men's Basketball Head Coach Boomer Roberts said. “These are two guys who love the game, love to compete, are great teammates, and are serious about getting an excellent education at Purdue Northwest. We loved that they both wanted to be in a place where family is not just a spoken phrase, but lived out every day. We’re very excited to add them to our squad.”
Hallinan, a 6-1 point guard from Portland, Oregon, will be a graduate transfer for the Pride in 2019-20. No stranger to high-level basketball, Hallinan spent four seasons playing for the University of Portland, a NCAA Division I institution that competes in the West Coast Conference. As a sophomore, Hallinan averaged nearly eight points and two assists per game while shooting 46% from the field and 40% from behind the arc.
During that sophomore season, Hallinan posted a career-high 17 points against BYU, and also scored 11 points, three boards, and three steals while playing all 40 minutes in a WCC tournament win against San Diego.
“Xavier is hungry, talented, and focused, and we love that combination,” Roberts said. “He has an impressive basketball IQ, has played against high-level competition, and has an attitude and personality that translates well into a floor general and leader off the floor. Xavier produced at Portland when given the opportunity, and we believe he will flourish at PNW.”
Hallinan, who will play his final season of competition with the Pride, is excited to join his teammates in the fall.
“Family is everything to me, and I found some new family members at Purdue Northwest,” Hallinan said. “I was welcomed by the coaches, players, and administration with open arms during my visit. I could not have asked for a better situation for my final year, and I’m excited to make some memories with a special group of people.”
Allison spent the last two seasons at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California. The 5-11 point guard was a two-time all-conference honoree in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, and was named the MCC Male Athlete of the Year in 2018-19. Allison averaged 12 points, five rebounds and five assists per contest as a sophomore.
Allison had a few performances to remember this past season, including a 32-point, 13-rebound, 7-assist outing against College of the Desert. He also hit eight threes in a game, a school record.
“Xavier is a perfect fit into our family culture,” Roberts said. “He’s a humble dude, completely unselfish, and brings a toughness and competitive mindset every day. He’s got great vision and feel for the game, shoots it well from deep, and makes the right play consistently. He will be a blessing to coach.”
Allison’s coach at Mira Costa, Ryan Frazer, echoed Roberts’ statement.
“Xavier was a fearless warrior who rose to every challenge that was thrown at him,” Frazier said. “He understood his role as the leader of our team and embraced it completely. Through his work ethic and his humble demeanor, he gained the trust and respect of all his teammates.”
Allison opened up about his decision to join the PNW Basketball program.
“I chose Purdue Northwest because I want to receive a great education and be a part of the competitive environment and strong family within the basketball program,” Allison said.
The duo joins transfer Jyrus Freels and freshman Gabe Toombs as new additions to the Pride in 2019-20.