James Posey
James Posey

Hall of Fame Class:
2008


James M. Posey ('99) ---2008 Inductee---Posey made a tremendous impact on the Xavier University basketball program during his three seasons as a Musketeer and solidified himself as one of the most versatile and talented players in XU history. Additionally, in the summer prior to his senior year he earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 1998 Goodwill Games. He has since gone on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, winning an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 and winning another NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics.

In his three seasons at Xavier, Posey helped XU compile a composite record of 70-25, two NCAA Tournament berths, an NIT Third Place finish, two Atlantic 10 Conference West Division Championships and one Atlantic 10 Tournament

Championship. Posey still stands 18th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points. While he was well-known for his offensive and rebounding skills, Posey also made his mark as one of the best defensive players ever to play for the Musketeers. Posey ranks third on XU's all-time steals list with 214 career steals. Posey earned 1998-99 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. "Oh baby, he's a human eraser," is the way Dick Vitale described him.

The Atlantic 10 Conference named Posey as its "Sixth Man of the Year" his sophomore and his junior years. Posey earned a long list of honors as a senior, including All-American honors (collegeinsider.com), First Team All-District (NABC) and First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference in addition to the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. Although he was disappointed not to make the NCAA Tournament, Posey helped XU reach the NIT Semifinals and finish third overall. That team won 25 games and finished 25-11 overall in his senior.

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