Harris fractures finger
Center expected to play exhibition

Monday, November 2, 1998

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Xavier junior center Obi Harris suffered a hairline fracture of the right index finger Sunday, trainer David Fluker said. Harris is wearing a splint and is scheduled to meet today with team orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Turba.

Harris, who is expected to be able to play in Wednesday's exhibition against Hungary, was injured early in practice Sunday and did not play in Xavier's intrasquad scrimmage.

BROWN TOPS: Guard Lenny Brown had a team-high 23 points -- including five three-pointers -- during the intrasquad scrimmage.

"Now when they leave me open, it's automatically going in; that's how I feel," Brown said. "I have total confidence in my jump shot, probably more than in my whole life."

Brown and senior James Posey, who scored 18 points, have looked consistently good since practices started. They seem to feed off each other, prompting both to elevate their play.

When Brown sees Posey diving for loose balls and hustling all over the floor, he admits "it makes you want to get down and dirty."

"We're both competitors to the end," Brown said. "If I was forming a team, he's one of the guys I'd want, and he feels the same about me."

Those two played most of Sunday with Gary Lumpkin, freshman Kevin Frey (12 points) and sophomore Reggie Butler (11). Freshman guard Alvin Brown led the "white" team with 14 points, and junior Desmond Walker had 11.

XU played three 10-minute periods with officials.

TOP 5?: Brown, Posey, Lumpkin and Butler should start Wednesday night, but the power forward position appears up for grabs. Either Frey or Walker could start there, or Posey could move to power forward and freshman Lloyd Price could start at small forward.

VISITOR: Recruit John Oden (Phoenix, Ariz.) made his official visit over the weekend. He said he will choose this week between Xavier, Massachusetts and DePaul.

Ricky Wright, who visited XU last weekend and Villanova this past weekend, will likely choose between those schools.

Xavier will take the first player who verbally commits. The Musketeers have no other visits scheduled for this fall. The signing period begins Nov. 11.

Oden did not get to spend a lot of time with coach Skip Prosser, who has been sick and was not at Sunday's practice. Oden was scheduled to stop by Prosser's home to say good-bye before returning home.

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