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18. Xavier James Posey is ready to leave his sixth-man role and join the distinguished fraternity of Musketeers power forwards

A Jesuit school with 6,500 students and spartan facilities,
Xavier has in the last decade become a breeding ground for
well-heeled power forwards. Former no-name recruits for the
Musketeers such as Tyrone Hill and Derek Strong (the Nos. 11 and
47 NBA draft picks in 1990), as well as Brian Grant (No. 8 in
'94), were earning pro salaries totaling $9.4 million last
season. James Posey, a 6'8", 210-pound senior, may soon join them
on the alumni-giving department's list of high priority calls.

When Posey came to Cincinnati from Twinsburg, Ohio, he was far
from a polished product. In fact, during his first practice,
coach Skip Prosser took one look at a lethargic Posey, turned to
his assistants and said, "There's no way this kid will last with
me." Posey admits he dogged it at times as a freshman because he
had failed to qualify for a scholarship and could only practice
with the team but not play games. However, thanks to the
prodding of Prosser, he has developed into a player NBA scouts
love--sort of a sleeker version of Grant. Posey averaged 15.3
points and 8.4 rebounds last season, and for the second time won
the Atlantic-10 Sixth Man Award. Now a starter, he will have to
help make up for the absence of forward Darnell Williams, the
Musketeers' top scorer from 1997-98, who is expected to sit out
the year with a torn right ACL. "I want to prove to people that
I can give my team a lift for a whole game," says Posey. "I'll
just have to provide the spark a little earlier. Even without
Darnell, we still have the players to compete for a championship."

One of those players is 6'5" freshman Lloyd Price, a slashing
swingman and three-point sharpshooter from Oak Hill Academy.
He'll complement senior guards Lenny Brown and Gary Lumpkin, who
have played together for eight years dating back to junior high.

Under Prosser, the Musketeers have used quickness and an all-out,
trapping defense to make up for their lack of size. They forced
an average of 21.9 turnovers last year. "We play a little faster
than most teams and try to stay in their face for 40 minutes,"
says Prosser. "We try to apply pressure early and let teams know
it's going to continue all game. I want people to dread playing




SF Lloyd Price 6'5" Fr. 15.3 ppg*
PF James Posey 6'8" Sr. 15.3 ppg
C Obi Harris 6'10" Jr. 9.0 rpg**
[**]SG Lenny Brown 6'2" Sr. 14.7 ppg
[**]PG Gary Lumpkin 6'2" Sr. 12.3 ppg

'97-98 record: 22-8 Final rank (coaches' poll): unranked
[**]Returning starter *ppg as high school senior **rpg as juco soph