NBA Champion James Posey Returns To The Xavier Campus
Sept. 7, 2006
CINCINNATI --- James Posey, 1999 Xavier University graduate, was back on campus at Xavier on Thursday afternoon along with former XU teammate Reggie Butler. The duo got a chance to work out and play at Cintas Center with many of the current Musketeers. They also received some individual skill assistance from Sean Miller and the XU coaching staff.
This summer Posey became the first Xavier graduate to win an NBA Championship when he played a major role in helping the Miami Heat win the 2006 NBA title.
Posey ranks 16th on Xavier's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points and 10th on Xavier's all-time rebounding list with 801. Posey led XU in rebounding in each of his three seasons as a Musketeer.
Posey earned a long list of honors while at Xavier, including the 1998 Atlantic 10 Championship "Most Outstanding Player" Award in helping XU win its first-ever A-10 Tournament Championship. Posey earned the A-10's "Sixth Man Award" twice and was named 1999 A-10 First Team and 1999 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
The Denver Nuggets selected Posey with the 18th pick in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft. He played in Denver, Houston and Memphis before being traded to Miami prior to the 2005-06 season. He played in 67 games during the regular season, starting 63 times despite losing time due to injury. After getting healthy and returning to the lineup he took on the "sixth man" role he perfected at Xavier, averaging 7.3 ppg. and 5.7 rpg. in 27.5 minutes per game in 22 appearances.
Thursday he sat down with Xavier's Tom Eiser to discuss some of his ties to Xavier University:
On what he remembers most about Xavier University:
On learning to be a winner at Xavier:
On learning to play a role like he did so well at Xavier:
On keeping up with the current team: