Butler on the mark

Tuesday, November 24, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Sophomore Reggie Butler, a first-year starter, had his most productive offensive game in Xavier's 100-67 victory over Morgan State on Monday night.

The 6-foot-10 center had eight points and two rebounds and was 4-of-4 from the field. Butler came in shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.

"He gives us everything he has," coach Skip Prosser said. "I think he played pretty well tonight. Reggie and I had a bit of a discussion yesterday. Nobody invests more physically and in his teammates than Reggie Butler. We want Reggie to invest more emotionally, as well."

Walker getting the messsage

Coming off an eight-point, eight-rebound game against Chicago State, ever-improving junior Desmond Walker had 15 points and 14 boards Monday night. He also had three assists, two blocks, a steal and no turnovers.

"You can tell the guys a million times there's a tree in the middle of the road, and some guys don't believe it until they hit the tree," Prosser said. "He's getting better in terms of understanding how hard you have to practice, how much you have to listen. . . . He's getting that message."

Said Walker: "I really expected to step up at Xavier and make a big impact, not just a small impact. I'm like 75 percent of the way there."

Obi update

Junior center Obi Harris (broken finger) dressed but did not play. He has yet to make his XU debut, and Prosser said Harris won't play until he is able to practice full-go, which he hasn't yet.


Senior James Posey is among the nation's leaders in free throw shooting. He is 11-of-11 and tied with several players at 100 percent. Posey is featured in this week's ESPN Magazine, which ranked Xavier No. 8 in the country. There is a full-page picture of Posey with his arms around a basketball.

Big finish

Vinny Catarella became the first walk-on to score this season. Fouled with 3.3 seconds left outside the arc, Catarella hit three free throws to give XU its 100 points.

Up next

Xavier plays the University of Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. (Cincinnati time) on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Shootout.