Butler off to good start

Monday, October 26, 1998

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Reggie Butler stole the show Sunday. The 6-foot-10 sophomore center stood out in Xavier's intrasquad scrimmage.

The Musketeers played one 20-minute game with officials, then changed teams and played another six minutes.

Butler, who played just 49 minutes last season, totaled 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots Sunday.

"I thought he did some real good things," coach Skip Prosser said. "Nobody on our team has worked harder than Reggie Butler. He's a guy you root for. He played very well."

So did Lenny Brown. The senior guard, hobbled by a sore ankle a week ago, has shot the ball well all week. He had 19 points Sunday, including four three-pointers.

James Posey had 17 points, freshman Lloyd Price 13 and junior Desmond Walker 10. Freshman Kevin Frey and sophomore point guard Maurice McAfee also looked good in spots.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Prosser said. "We still don't know how to guard or rebound. Our transition defense is not very good. Obviously, we've got light years to go even before we're ready to play Butler (Nov. 17.).

RECRUITING UPDATE: Ricky Wright from East Chicago, Ind., had some trouble getting to Xavier for his official visit this past weekend. Wright was scheduled to arrive Friday, but he misplaced his ID and was unable to get on an airplane without one.

The 6-foot-7 forward took a 6 a.m. flight Saturday. He returned home Sunday afternoon. Wright said he had a fun visit and that he will go to Villanova this coming weekend before deciding which college to choose. He also has visited Michigan and Purdue.

John Oden (Phoenix, Ariz.) and John Smith (South Charleston, W.Va.) are scheduled to visit XU this weekend.

WALK-ONS: Xavier has added two more walk-ons to its squad. Toussaint Careathers, known as "T.C.," is a 5-10 junior guard from Buffalo, N.Y. Demetrius Robertson, a 6-foot junior guard from Long Beach, Calif., won the student dunk and three-point contests at Midnight Madness.

Walk-on tryouts were last week.

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