Friday, June 16, 2000

Summer league features reunion of '98 XU team

Posey, Brown, Lumpkin & Co. expect success

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        James Posey and Gary Lumpkin were lifting weights together at Xavier early this week, when Lumpkin turned to his former teammate and said:

        “I can't see us losing too much with this lineup — if everybody shows up and plays.”

        He was talking about the Deveroes Summer Basketball League, which begins play Saturday at Oak Hills High School.

        Re/Max Premier Associates has won the championship two years in a row.

        Mike Albert Leasing could be a serious challenger to end Re/Max's reign. Its roster is a reunion of the 1997-98 Musketeer team that went 22-8, won the Atlantic 10 tournament and advanced to the NCAA: Posey, Lumpkin, Lenny Brown, Torraye Braggs and Darnell Williams are expected to play when possible. Among that group are four of XU's top 13 all-time scorers.

        In addition, there are other ex-XU players Tyrice Walker, Erik Edwards, Chris Mack, Sherwin Anderson, Steve Gentry and current Musketeer David West.

        “We can use everybody,” Lumpkin said. “We're kind of like the Portland Trail Blazers of the Oak Hills league.

        “I think it'll be fun. The fact that we've got a bunch of guys who are used to winning and are competitive.”

        Braggs, expected to return today from playing in Venezuela, was a CBA All-Star this past season. He averaged 16 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds (fourth in the league) for the Rockford Lightning. He is scheduled to attend a Detroit Pistons free-agent camp next week and play for the New York Knicks' summer league team.

        Brown averaged 9.8 points and had a team-high 88 3-point field goals for the Cincinnati Stuff of the IBL while coming off the bench most of the season. His agent Anil Vaswani said he is trying to get Brown into an NBA camp and exploring overseas options.

        Lumpkin averaged 22 points and four assists in Finland and said he hopes to play in France or Austria next season.

        Williams' agent, New York-based Erik Rudolph, said three or four NBA teams have expressed interest in his client.

        Posey was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team after he averaged 8.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a team-high 1.2 steals for the Denver Nuggets. He started 77 of 81 games and is one of three NBA players listed on rosters for the summer league, joining former UC Bearcats Corie Blount (Phoenix Suns) and Ruben Patterson (Seattle SuperSonics), who are expected to play for Re/Max when available.

        During his first season in the NBA, Posey found himself defending star opponents such as Steve Smith and Scottie Pippen (Portland), Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Grant Hill (Detroit).

        “My assignment was really to guard the best offensive player,” Posey said. “I took it as a personal challenge and tried to gain the respect of the other players.”

        It took awhile for Posey to become offensive-minded. At Xavier, he scored a lot around the basket, often off offensive rebounds. In Denver, he played more on the perimeter and didn't go for rebounds as much. He said the coaches wanted him back on defense instead.

        He said that early on, he'd guard opponents on one end of the floor, “but when they had to guard me it was like taking the night off because I wasn't a factor.”

        “I was doing little things so I could play,” Posey said, “(but) he was taking me out because I wasn't an offensive threat. A little bit before the All-Star break, that's when I started gaining confidence.”

        The season was great opportunity. Posey got to play through mistakes and learn while on the court. The No. 18 draft pick overall a year ago, he overcame doubts of whether he could play at the NBA level.

        “You've got to get yourself motivated and come ready to play,” he said. “You can't take any nights off or it will be a long night and an embarrassing night for you.”

Deveroes Summer Basketball League Schedule


        AutoNation USA: Craig Conley (NKU), Brian Lawhon (NKU), Adam Norwell (Anderson, NKU), Jeff McKinley (NKU), Zach Wieber (NKU), Brian Schaefer (NKU), Craig Sanders (McNicholas, NKU), Carl Mitchell (NKU), Jesse Rupe (NKU), Brenden Stowers (NKU), Josh Murphy (NKU), Mike Kelsey (Elder, NKU), Sean Rowland (NKU), Cliff Clinton (NKU), Shannon Minor (Colerain, NKU), Ryan Schrand (NKU), Bert Capel (NKU), Pat Kelsey (Elder, XU), Todd Clark (NKU), Aaron Turner (XU).

        Cintas: Anthony Taylor (Miami), Rob Mestas (Miami), Cain Doliboa (Dayton), Alex Shorts (Miami), Marcus Mason (XU).

        Harmon, Davis & Associates: Maurice Williams (Woodward, IUPUI), David Shelton (Western Hills, Tulsa), Jason Grunkemeyer (Moeller, Miami), Eric Johnson (Woodward, Louisville), James Dockery (Aiken, New Mexico State), Lionel Chalmers (XU), Jason Osborne (Dayton), Jermaine Tate (UC), Stan Kimbrough (XU), Yuanta Holland (Dayton), Eugene Land (Roger Bacon, UC), Janerio Spurlock (Aiken, Chipola J.C.), Obi Harris (XU).

        Hughes Aces: Chuck Broadnax (N.C. Hill, George Mason), Wade and Wyatt Goins (Urbana), Mike Stenger (Oak Hills, NE Missouri St.), Todd Watson (Finneytown, Howard), Brent Bedgood (Aiken), Reggie Butler (XU), Brooks Hall (Dayton).

        Kenwood Old-Timers: Kevin Britten (Taft), Jack Jennings (Holmes, Western Kentucky), Monte Johnson (Taft), Maurice McAfee (XU), Leonard Stokes (UC), B.J. Grove (UC), Brandon Hunter (Withrow, Ohio).

        Mike Albert Leasing: Sherwin Anderson (XU), Lenny Brown (XU), Tyrice Walker (Hamilton, XU), Gary Lumpkin (XU), James Posey (XU), Chris Mack (XU), David West (XU), Torraye Braggs (XU), Erik Edwards (XU), Steve Gentry (Withrow, XU), Darnell Williams (XU).

        Murphy's: Mike Ensminger (Oak Hills, Miami), Mike Monserez (Moeller, Notre Dame), Dave Esterkamp (La Salle, Bowling Green), Steve Esterkamp (La Salle, Ohio), Joel Cornette (St. Xavier, Butler), Keith Waleskowski (Dayton), Ryan Caldwell (McNicholas, XU), Keith Lockwood (Oak Hills, Ashland), Ryan Dietrich (Wittenberg).

        Re/Max Premier Associates: Corie Blount (UC), Erik Martin (UC), Ruben Patterson (UC), Tarrance Gibson (UC), A.D. Jackson (UC), Terry Nelson (UC), Le'Marque' Ward (Aiken, Farleigh Dickerson), Jeff Massey (XU), Damon Flint (Woodward, UC), Billy Edwards (Wright State).

        Slats: Bobby Brannen (UC), Terrence Davis (UC), Kenny Satterfield (UC), Donald Little (UC), Field Williams (UC), Rod Flowers (UC), Jamaal Davis (UC), Jerome Maderis (Woodward), David Young (XU).

        * Rosters provided by league director Dennis Bettis; they are subject to change


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