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PEARSON TO PICK KU OR MICHIGAN

November 1, 1990

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College basketball recruiting update:

Just when you think you know everything about Kansas recruiting, a new name pops up.

Kansas is pursuing Top 30 player Sean Pearson, a 6-5 guard/forward from Nazareth High in La Grange Park, Ill.

Pearson, who will visit Kansas this weekend, has reportedly pared his final list to KU and Michigan, with Marquette a longshot possibility.

Pearson averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds last year for 13-13 Nazareth.

Bob Gibbons' recruiting service lists Pearson as the 28th-best prospect in the country.

"SEAN HAS been recruited for three years. He's one of the top three or four prospects in Chicago," Nazareth High coach Tom Richardson said.

Pearson has visited DePaul, Marquette and Michigan and made unofficial trips to Indiana and Notre Dame.

"Kansas likes him because he's a very good shooter," Richardson said. "He's 6-5, athletic with very good skills. He's extremely intelligent. Sean is a great kid, a good leader and student, the whole package. Kansas' coaches think he'll fit in well with their up-tempo style of play."

KU, currently chasing as many Top 20-100 prospects as any school in the country, started on Pearson late.

"Coach Williams saw him at the Morris Shootout in the middle of July," Richardson said, referring to a summer tournament in Chicago. "They started as a darkhorse, but schools like Indiana and Notre Dame dropped off and they kept hanging in. Their coaches are very impressive.". . .

JAYSON WALTON, a 6-5 swingman from Dallas, is reportedly leaning toward Minnesota, with KU and Texas A&M still in the picture. . .

Russ Millard, a 6-8 forward from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who is considering KU, Iowa and Iowa State, is reportedly favoring Iowa. He's attended several Iowa football games on his own. . .

Jimmy King, a 6-4 guard from Plano, Tex., visited Kentucky last weekend. On Sunday, the Wildcats called and pressed King for an answer. He told UK he wasn't ready to decide, so Wildcat coach Rick Pitino received a commitment from junior college guard Dale Brown yes, Dale Brown of Mississippi.

King will choose either KU, Georgetown, Michigan or Notre Dame. Recruiting guru Gibbons says it's going to be N.D. . .

Kevin Ollie, a 6-2 guard from Los Angeles, is expected to sign with Connecticut. . .

ERIC MEEK, a 6-10 forward from Escondido, Calif., has narrowed his choices to KU, Stanford and Duke. Stanford is the front-runner. . .

Tom Kleinschmidt, a 6-5 guard from Chicago, has committed to DePaul. Originally on KU's list, he was dropped about the time KU received a commitment from SM South's Greg Gurley. . .

Indiana sophomore Lawrence Funderburke, still enrolled at IU because he was never granted an official release after leaving IU's team last season, may rejoin Bob Knight's squad. He's also considering transferring to KU, Louisville or Tennessee. . .

Michigan State is leading in the race for Chris Webber, a 6-10 center from Birmingham, Mich. Reportedly, some rival recruiters are cheap-shotting Spartan coach Jud Heathcote, calling him "a racist." Some college recruiters are stooping to new lows in pursuing players. . .

Purdue coach Gene Keady has landed 6-9 Glenn Robinson of Gary, Ind.. Robinson is considered the No. 3 prospect in the country. No. 1 is 6-10 Cherokee Parks of Huntington Beach, Calif., who has committed to Duke. No. 2 is 6-10 David Vaughn of White Creeks, Tenn., headed to Memphis State. . .

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