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September 17, 1993

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College basketball recruiting notebook...

Ricky Price, 6-5 guard from Long Beach, Calif., who is making his official visit to Kansas this weekend, has emerged as recruiting expert Bob Gibbons' No. 1-rated shooting guard prospect.

Price averaged 28 points in two games at the recent Nike Fab 40 All-America tournament in Oregon.

Known as an explosive scorer, Price will visit Duke next weekend, Gibbons said. He's also considering California and Arizona...

Jerod Ward, a 6-9 forward from Clinton, Miss., has invited 20 coaches into his home for recruiting visits. Gibbons says Kansas is one of the schools who'll come calling, along with Arkansas, Alabama, California, Duke, Georgetown, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Temple, Tennessee, UCLA and Jackson State.

Ward can't make any campus visits first semester, since he hasn't received his ACT or SAT test scores. Chances are coaches will hold a scholarship for Ward. He scored 37 and 43 points in the two games at the Nike Top 40 event...

KU ASSISTANT coach Matt Doherty's skills as a player haven't been forgotten. Gibbons compares 6-7 New York prep Rob Hodgson to the former North Carolina standout. Like Doherty, Hodgson is "tough, intense, skilled and a good passer, shooter and defender," Gibbons reports. He's expected to pick Indiana...

Adonal Foyle, a 6-9 forward from Hamilton, N.Y., who recently announced his five finalists (KU, Colgate, Syracuse, Duke and Wisconsin), may not sign during the early period, which begins Nov. 10.

"We just want to give Adonal the time he needs," said Jay Mandle, one of Foyle's guardians, who teaches at Colgate.

Hamilton High coach Tom Blackford, likes Foyle's Final Five. "I think they are all excellent and in the next few months I think we will have a better indication. I am thrilled," he said.

It'd be a stunner if Foyle picked Colgate, 18-10 last year in the Patriot League. "It has a very good academic program, they have a very good coach and it's close to my parents," Foyle told the Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch...

SAM JACOBSEN, a 6-5 guard from Cottage Grove, Minn., will soon tab Minnesota, Gibbons said. KU reportedly had some interest...

St. Louis prep Jahidi White has set up in-home visits with Georgetown, Minnesota, Missouri, UNLV, Michigan and Temple. KU, Indiana and St. Louis will also be invited into the home...

There's no news to report on Raef LaFrentz, the 6-10 center from Monona, Iowa, who visited KU two weeks ago. He's still considering KU, Iowa, Missouri and Notre Dame. LaFrentz, a lefthanded shooter, has been compared to Kevin McHale...

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