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November 2, 1992


Roy Williams tried to pull Scot Pollard onto the floor for some dancing with the Crimson Girls at Saturday's Late Night basketball extravaganza at Allen Fieldhouse.

Pollard, a 7-foot center from Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash., refused.

"When coach Williams came over, I said, `Get out of here.' I told him, `I've got four years to do that,''' said Pollard, who has verbally committed to sign a national letter of intent with Kansas.

Pollard, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds a year ago for Torrey Pines High in San Diego, Calif., picked Kansas over Arizona.

"ACTUALLY I committed right before Late Night started," said Pollard, who then sat back and was overwhelmed by the event. "It was insane. I can't describe it. It was insane."

Pollard informed Arizona coach Lute Olson of his decision Sunday night.

"He was very gracious about it," Pollard said. "I had a good feeling a couple days before my visit. I've always felt good about coach Williams. I like everything about Kansas. I couldn't find anything wrong with it."

Pollard, a first-team large-class all-stater in California as a junior, is known for his quickness and agility.

He's also a talented shot-blocker, having averaged 5.5 blocks a game as a junior.

He moved to Washington with his mother for his senior year, following his father's death.

Pollard's brother Alan, plays CBA basketball in Washington for the Tri City Shanooks.

"It's God-given," Pollard said of his on-court speed. "I haven't really done anything special (to develop it). When I was little, I played all kinds of sports, like soccer. I've always been fast."

Pollard has four brothers. All are older and just one is taller than he is.

"MY OLDEST brother is 6-10. I beat him," Pollard said. "The next is 7-foot-3. My sister in the middle is 6-2. I have two other brothers who are 7-feet."

Pollard's commitment fills KU's allotment of scholarships for next season. The Jayhawks have also received commitments from point guard Jacque Vaughn of Pasadena, Calif., shooting guard-small forward B.J. Williams of Wichita South and center Nick Proud of Sandy, Utah.

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