Michael Cosey wears many hats. Literally.
That, says Cosey, a blue-chip football prospect out of Lawrence High, is why any number of different rumors have him making any number of different college choices.
"What everyone says about me comes from what hat I wear to school that day," he said.
Cosey said Wednesday he had not yet picked which schools he would visit and he had yet to receive the results of his ACT test.
In the meantime, he'll continue to wear many hats in a figurative sense.
Lawrence's all-time leading rusher in football is currently Lawrence's leading scorer in basketball. The basketball Lions will open the 1992 portion of their season Friday against Shawnee Mission East.
Tipoff will be approximately 7:30 p.m. at the LHS gym following the JV game, which starts at 6.
LAWRENCE enters the new year with a 3-1 record. Previously ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, a 59-54 loss to Leavenworth in the last game of 1991 knocked the Lions out of the Associated Press' consensus poll.
Nevertheless, their mindset remains unchanged.
"We thought we were ready to play Leavenworth," said Cosey, who is averaging 19.8 points a game. "We had a good week of practice. We played hard, but we made too many mental mistakes. We just need to cut down on those."
Since reconvening practice last Friday, Lawrence has worked on precisely that, LHS coach Ron Weber said.
"It was just being impatient on offense," Weber said. "We were up by five one time and came down the next few times and jacked it up after one pass. We've talked about it and worked on being more patient."
They've also begun working on free throw shooting, he said. After hitting 66.2 percent of their foul shots in the first three games, the Lions went five-for-17 at the line against Leavenworth.
"We've got to be more consistent," Weber said.
THE LANCERS will show LHS one of the traits it seeks. So far this season they have been characteristically patient on offense.
"They'll probably make 10 or 15 passes before they take a shot," Weber said. "They don't press or anything, but they're always tough on defense."
At 1-4, however, SM East has not been a model of consistency.
"We are disappointed," SME coach Craig Fletchall said. "Hopefully our record is deceiving."
Formerly the Lions' leading scorer, Maurice Trotter finished with seven points against Leavenworth and saw his average drop to 16.3 a game. "We've been working on his shot the last few days," Weber said. "He just needs to get his confidence back."
Lawrence has hit 44 percent from the field (96-of-218).
LHS will play three of its next four games at home leading up to the Topeka Invitational Tournament. They will meet KC Wyandotte next Tuesday at the LHS gym.
SM EAST (1-4)
F Jason Sunquist (6-3)
F Scott Beach (6-3)
C Todd Ellis (6-5)
G Brett Ragan (6-0)
G Paul Gunderman (6-0) LAWRENCE (3-1)
F Jeff Miller (6-2)
F Maurice Trotter (6-3)
C Mike Schwartz (6-4)
G Jeff Oatis (6-0)
G Michael Cosey (5-11)
Tipoff: Approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday at LHS gym. JV game starts at 6.