Archive for Tuesday, September 17, 1991

KU RECRUIT KIDD CHOOSES CAL

September 17, 1991

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There's no place like home.

Corny line in these parts, sure, but that pinpoints the philosophy of Alameda, Calif., St. Joseph's senior guard Jason Kidd, who has decided to stay on the West coast to play his college basketball at Cal-Berkeley.

"I feel I owe something to the Bay Area," said the 6-foot-4 Kidd, who recently surprised coaches from Kansas, Ohio State, Arizona, Arizona State and Kentucky by canceling all his recruiting visits.

"I think with me making my decision to stay home, you'll see a lot of other guys decide to stay," Kidd, the No. 1 prep guard in the country told the Alameda Times Star.

He's to formally announce for Cal on Wednesday.

"FOR ALL it's given me," he said of his home state, "I'd like to stay and raise the level of basketball on the West coast."

The surprising thing is Kidd decided to not make his campus visits, though one source told said has been on the KU campus before, as he has relatives in the Midwest.

"He just got tired of the recruiting. Schools have been talking to him since his freshman year now," one source close to the situation who did not wish to be identified said. "I am surprised he didn't want to go on the road and get treated like a king," the source added.

Kidd, one source said, originally liked the idea of leaving his home state.

"His parents always had Cal on their list," he said. "But Jason never did. They said it would be nice to see him play. He started to think about that."

Cal did have one of the better recruiting classes in the country last year, signing six incoming freshmen.

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