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SCOTT SOLD ON CLINTON

November 4, 1992

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The people's choice for president happened to be Richard Scott's pick, also.

"He's a great guy. He comes to the minority areas of the state. He visits Boys Clubs and places like that. I think he'd be a great president," Scott, Kansas junior basketball forward, said of President-elect Bill Clinton, a fellow native of Little Rock, Ark.

Scott isn't a bosom-buddy of Clinton, yet the two have met.

"I worked for him the summer of my freshman year. I handed out fliers in the governor's race down there. I didn't even know he was thinking abut running (for president). He fooled me," Scott said.

Scott said he wasn't hurt by negative references to Arkansas during the presidential campaign.

Critics often characterized Clinton as a leader of one of the poorest states in the U.S.

"THAT'S ALL in campaigning, trying to get people to vote for you," Scott said. "It just so happens that Bill Clinton is from Arkansas. If he was from Missouri or Kansas, they would have said bad things about those states.

"It's a great place," Scott said of Arkansas. "I think it (Clinton presidency) will be great for the state of Arkansas. It's no big deal. I just think he'd do a great job."

Scott hopes to perform as admirably for KU's team his junior year. The 6-7, 215-pounder averaged 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds a year ago, improving on his freshman numbers of 5.9 points and 2.6 boards.

"I want to prove I'm one of the superior players in the Big Eight and for us to contend for the title," Scott said.

KU freshman guard Calvin Rayford impressed both before and during last Saturday's Late Night With Roy Williams scrimmage at Allen Fieldhouse.

Rayford, a 5-6, 155-pound sophomore from Milwaukee, scored nine points on four-of-eight shooting.

During a pre-scrimmage dance number, he performed a full somersault.

Where'd he learn to flip head over heels?

"I took gymnastics," Rayford said. "It was a lot of fun. I'd never played in front of a crowd (15,800) like that before. I'm anxious to play after sitting out last year."

The Jayhawks, who opened practice at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and worked out again at 11 a.m., will continue practicing this week in preparation for their first exhibition game. KU will meet Marathon Oil at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in Allen Fieldhouse.

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