Richard Scott, a 6-6, 215-pound forward from Little Rock, Ark., has become the third high school basketball player to sign a letter of intent with Kansas University.
Scott, who averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Little Rock Central High last season, signed with KU just before the midnight deadline on Wednesday.
Scott was a Class 4A all-state selection last season, and has been named all-conference the past two years. He played on Arkansas' AAU team and was named an AAU all-American, and has been nominated for the McDonald's all-America team.
He was ranked the 68th-best player in the country and the top senior in Arkansas by Bob Gibbons of All-Star sports publications.
``We are extremely pleased to have Richard join our program,'' KU coach Roy Williams said. ``He's an outstanding young man and has great work habits. He's received excellent coaching at Central High School from his coach, Eddie Boone.
``When we observed him in the summer recruiting period,'' Williams said, ``the thing that stuck out was he was one of the most competitive players we have seen. He'll score inside and out and bring some skills to our program which will help us to continue the success of Kansas basketball.''
Gibbons says of Scott: "He's intense, hard-nosed and aggressive. He works hard on the boards, a blue-collar player."
Earlier, Kansas signed Patrick Richey, a 6-8 guard from Lee's Summit, Mo., and Chris Lindley, a 6-8 forward from Raytown South.
In addition, Kansas has received a verbal commitment from Steve Woodberry, a 6-3 forward from two-time state champion Wichita South.
Kansas lost two players during the early period. Rodney Zimmerman, a 6-10 center from Colorado Springs, chose UCLA, and Rennie Clemons, a 6-0 guard from Springfield, Ill., picked Illinois.