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OSTERTAG

April 7, 1995

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An avid fisherman, Greg Ostertag found time to drop a line in Puget Sound last weekend.

Ostertag, Kansas' 7-foot-2, 270-pound senior basketball center, was in Seattle for the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-Star game.

"I went salmon fishing with a guide. It was a lot of fun," said Ostertag, who noted he didn't get a nibble during the outing.

Only time will tell, but Ostertag may have impressed some of the many NBA scouts at Sunday's NABC game. Ostertag had three blocked shots and five points as his West team beat the East, 117-88.

"I thought I did OK. I don't think I hurt myself any," Ostertag said. "I ran the floor pretty well and blocked a couple shots. I was pleased with that, considering who I was playing against."

The East was led by Michigan's Ray Jackson, who had 15 points. Michigan teammate Jimmy King led the West with 19 points.

"There were a lot of great players. I thought Fred played really well," Ostertag said, referring to West teammate Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State, who had 20 points.

Ostertag and Hoiberg will compete at an NBA camp April 15-22 in Phoenix. They'll be trying to impress scouts, who will draft players in late June.

Ostertag, who averaged 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds for 25-6 KU last season, is expected to be drafted. How well he plays in Phoenix likely will determine his exact position.

"He's been a good shot blocker since high school," KU coach Roy Williams said of the Duncanville, Texas, native who had 91 blocks this season and finished with a Big Eight-record 258 for his career.

"In the NBA, you can play a heck of a long time with just being big. I saw (former Jayhawk) Greg Dreiling play, but I did not study Greg Dreiling. I think Greg Ostertag is a much better shot blocker than Greg Dreiling, and Greg has been in the NBA a long time. And he's still playing. I've got to think there's the possibility an opportunity will be there for Greg Ostertag."

Ostertag still has one final duty left at KU. He and fellow seniors Greg Gurley and Scott Novosel will speak at the KU basketball banquet next Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's time for me to say goodbye," Ostertag said.

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