BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Obi Harris got the cast removed from his right hand Thursday morning, and there is a possibility the 6-foot-10 junior could play in Xavier's home opener Saturday against Chicago State.
Harris, who returned to practice Thursday, broke his right index finger Nov. 1. Trainer David Fluker said the injury is still healing, and that he would have to see Harris practice for a few days to determine whether he could play Saturday.
"He didn't look 100 percent healthy to me," coach Skip Prosser said. "I thought he did what he could do. We've got to go up and down (the court) a lot more (today). I think that will be a better test for him."
Sophomore Reggie Butler started at center against Butler on Tuesday night and had six points, five rebounds and one block in 18 minutes.
Harris has tried to keep in shape by running on the sideline and up and down the stairs in Schmidt Fieldhouse. Prosser is not sure how soon Harris will be effective.
"He's missed so much," Prosser said. "It's going to be hard to make up two weeks. We'll see how he comes back."
Xavier has received a signed letter of intent from 6-foot point guard Lionel Chalmers of Albany (N.Y.) High School. It already had gotten a signed letter from 6-5 wing player David Young of Newcastle (Pa.) High School.
Young is honorable mention All-America in Street & Smith's College - Prep Basketball Yearbook and the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Chalmers is honorable mention All-American in Street & Smith's and honorable mention in Blue Ribbon.
The Musketeers have one scholarship available and will continue to pursue a big man, whom they can sign in the spring.
HEAR YE, HEAR YE:
For the first time in school history, the Musketeers' games can be heard live on the Internet. Fans can access the broadcasts from the XU athletics website (www.xu.edu - athletics) by hitting the 700 WLW icon.
CAN'T HEAR YE:
Prosser's Sunday night radio show (7-8 p.m.) on WLW-AM 700 is on hold until Dec. 6. This Sunday, the Bengals postgame show will be on WLW, and Nov. 29, Prosser and the Musketeers will be returning from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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