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MISSOURI PREP STANDS OUT ON COURT, GRADE CARD

October 4, 1994

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Ryan Robertson is an accomplished student as well as a talented basketball player.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound senior point guard from St. Charles (Mo.) West High, who has verbally committed to Kansas, is a 4.0 student.

Robertson has yet to receive a B through three-plus years at the school located on the outskirts of St. Louis.

"Like most straight-A students, I'm not brilliant. I study a lot," said Robertson, who picked Kansas over Missouri and St. Louis U. "I'm fortunate I have great parents. My dad has handled the basketball and recruiting side. My mom has handled the academics. It's worked out well."

Recruiting worked out well, too, he noted. Except for one thing.

"When you think about the process, you think of how fun it'll be to tell a coach, 'Yes,''' Robertson said. "You don't think about the 'No.' It was really hard telling them (MU and St. Louis coaches) no. It's something I'd never want to do again.

"Telling coach (Roy) Williams was great. It made up for the 'No's'."

Robertson has been a Williams fan ever since he attended the KU coach's basketball camp after his freshman year at St. Charles West.

"It's weird how that evolved. I went to that camp on a whim," Robertson said. "One of my friends said he was going. I had a free week and said, 'I'll go with you.'

"One day I was playing, coach Williams saw me and pulled me over. He watched me the rest of the week. Since then we've had a lasting relationship."

KU's coaches AND players sold Robertson, who has averaged 25 points and 10 assists during his career at West. He's regarded as one of the top five point guards in the country and is Bob Gibbons' No. 19-rated player nationally.

"I had a fun time on my visit. The players are great. I enjoyed hanging out with them," Robertson said. "The family atmosphere is something I wanted.

"It was definitely a tough call," he added. "I couldn't have made a bad decision. Each program is so classy. I feel really fortunate."

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