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PREP ALL-STAR GAME

January 14, 1995

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Kansas basketball fans apparently won't have to wait until next season to watch signees Ryan Robertson and T.J. Pugh compete in Allen Fieldhouse.

The two future Jayhawks and several of the country's other top prospects will be playing in a national high school all-star game slated for Saturday, April 22, in KU's building, the Journal-World has learned.

Indiana coach Bob Knight's son, Tim, is currently finalizing plans to bring the all-star game to town.

"It will be an all-star game with the top high school seniors in the country. That's what we're setting up," Jeff Stuckey, one of the game's organizers, said from Tim Knight's office in Indiana.

"Tim is supposed to talk to Bob Frederick (KU athletic director) next week and after that, if it's made official, we'll release details," Stuckey added.

In the past, Knight has put on games which have attracted some elite preps, including KU's Raef LaFrentz and Indiana's Andrae Patterson.

"We're looking at Kansas' recruits and those from other Big Eight schools, players of that nature. It will be similar to the games we've had in Indiana the past couple years," Stuckey said.

Last year, KU freshmen LaFrentz and Billy Thomas played in Knight's Coca-Cola Classic, before a crowd of 8,000 at Indianapolis' Market Square Arena.

LaFrentz had 24 points and Thomas 11 in that game. Missouri signees Kendrick Moore and Monte Hardge, plus Okie State's D'Juan Baker also played.

"We had games in Bloomington and Fort Wayne two years ago and Indianapolis and Fort Wayne last year," Stuckey said. "We felt we were established enough to take the games out of state into some other areas. We felt Lawrence was a natural because of the University of Kansas and all its tradition."

Some of Knight's all-star games have taken on a doubleheader format, including a prep game and a game between players who have used up their collegiate eligibility. That won't be the case here.

"We determined that the college game didn't increase the draw any," Stuckey said. "It didn't add to the attraction."

Details on how to order tickets will be released once the time and date of the contest is finalized, Stuckey said.

"We're working on contacting some kids now, but we want to wait and make sure it is official," Stuckey said.

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