Kansas basketball notebook...
Jayhawk signee Paul Pierce comes from a family of athletes.
One of Pierce's brothers is Steve Hosey, a baseball outfielder with Triple A Vancouver in the California Angels organization. Another is Jamal Hosey, who played college basketball at Wyoming and currently lives in Tulsa.
Steve Hosey, 26, who attended Fresno State, hit .259 at Vancouver last year. He had 17 homers and 60 RBIs. He's proven himself a solid Triple A player, hitting .286 in Phoenix in 1992 and .292 in Phoenix in '93, before being dealt to the Angels for pitcher Bob Gamez in March of '94.
Hosey, 6-3, 225, definitely has kept an eye on the basketball prowess of his brother Paul, a 6-foot-7 forward from Inglewood, Calif., High. Unfortunately, Hosey hasn't seen many of Paul Pierce's games.
"I didn't get a chance to see him play much, but when I talked to him, he always told me he was getting better," Hosey said recently. "The summer before his (Pierce's) junior year, he was talking to me about how much he'd improved.
"I think that summer he really blossomed. I saw his first game his junior year. He scored the first eight points, had a breakaway and jumped over three guys. He dunked it, got the hoop and foul. I didn't know he was my brother."
Steve Hosey accompanied Pierce on his campus visit to UCLA. Jamal made the trip to Lawrence.
"He liked the college atmosphere," Steve Hosey said of KU. "He was sold on the crowd."
Hosey, who hopes to attend a game or two here the next four years, watched with interest as Pierce scored 28 points in the McDonald's All-America game which was televised by ESPN.
"Actually he had 29," Hosey said. "The last one should have been a three-pointer."
Hosey says he's positive Pierce had 29. "I counted," he said ...
KU senior Greg Ostertag recently attended the Desert Classic, a week-long tournament for NBA prospects in Phoenix.
Ostertag's coach was NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
"He told me a few big-man things, about keeping my feet wide and other stuff like that," Ostertag said. "I don't think going there hurt me. Maybe it helped me."
Ostertag's team, which also featured Iowa State's Julius Michalik and Fred Hoiberg, plus Connecticut's Donnie Marshall, Purdue's Cuonzo Martin and Texas' Jason Caffee, went 2-1.
"I hope a bunch of teams are interested in me. I think Milwaukee is interested and Phoenix is interested, but I don't know for sure. I just hope to get an opportunity. I've got a lot of things to work on. I need to get in better shape," Ostertag said. ...
KU's starting lineup could have a West-coast look next season. It's possible four of the five starters will hail from California.
There's Jerod Haase (South Lake Tahoe), Jacque Vaughn (Pasadena), Scot Pollard (San Diego) and Pierce (Inglewood) to go with Iowan Raef LaFrentz.
Of course, Sean Pearson (Illinois), Billy Thomas (Louisiana) and B.J. Williams (Wichita) won't sit back and concede the starting spot to Pierce, who will have to earn it. ...