Saturday, March 13, 1999

XAVIER NOTEBOOK


Posey gets chance to pose at slam dunk competition

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        James Posey will get to show off his slam-dunking prowess in front of a national TV audience.

        The Xavier senior was invited to participate in the National Slam Dunk Championship March 25 at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Fla., as part of the Final Four festivities.

        Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Brad Nessler will host the event, which will be broadcast on ESPN.

        “I saw it last year, and everybody seemed like they were having a good time,” Posey said Friday. “It's going to be fun.

        “I've just got to think of some dunks. I'm going to go with some stuff I've been doing, but I might have to create some stuff when I'm out there. Lenny (Brown) already said I wasn't going to win. (laughing) He's trying to motivate me, I guess.”

        WAITING GAME: When XU coach Skip Prosser arrived at his office around 8 a.m. Friday, there was a Xavier fan already waiting in line to buy tickets to Monday night's second-round National Invitation Tournament game against Wake Forest at the Gardens.

        There was a line down the hallway of O'Connor Sports Center all day, and phones in the athletic department were ringing almost non-stop from 8:30 a.m. on.

        Prosser brought a chair from his office for the first person in line and later for a woman with a small child. He also handed out green candy for St. Patrick's Day.

        “I'm grateful people care about the team,” Prosser said. “They're still looking forward to seeing the kids play.”

        The ticket office is open today (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.).

        NO TV: Getting tickets is the only way fans will be able to see the game.

        Channel 9 told Greg Amodio, assistant athletic director for marketing, that it will not be televising the game.

        SHUT OUT: Xavier has never beaten an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The Musketeers have four victories against teams now in the ACC which were not in the league at the time.

        WAKE'S MAIN MEN: Wake Forest's top player is sophomore point guard Robert O'Kelley, the only Demon Deacon to start all 30 games this season.

        O'Kelley, named second-team all-ACC, leads the team in scoring (16.9 ppg) and is only the third player in school history to have 1,000 career points by the end of his sophomore season.

        “He likes to score, but he's not a selfish person or selfish player,” coach Dave Odom said. “He puts the team above himself always.”

        The only other player who scores in double figures: power forward Darius Songaila from Lithuania (12.0)

        Center Rafael Vidaurreta, from Spain, has started 18 games in a row and is the leading rebounder (7.1).

        HISTORY LESSON: Wake Forest has been to nine consecutive postseason tournaments, including two straight NITs. Last season, it lost in the second round of the NIT to Vanderbilt.

        The Demon Deacons are the third-winningest program (87-70) in the ACC in the 1990s, behind only Duke and North Carolina.

       



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