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KU RANKED TOPS IN U.S. BY MAGAZINE

September 29, 1995

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Kansas basketball notes...

Both the Sporting News and ESPN's new national college preview magazine rank Kansas No. 1, while College Sports Magazine tabs the Jayhawks fourth in the country in preseason polls.

TSN ranks Jacque Vaughn No. 1 point guard in the country, Raef LaFrentz No. 2 power forward, Jerod Haase No. 9 shooting guard and Scot Pollard No. 17 center.

The magazine's No. 1-rated power forward is Keith Van Horn of Utah. The Jayhawks and Utes will meet in "The Classic" on Nov. 25 at Kemper Arena.

Also, the Sporting News ranks KU's backcourt of Vaughn and Haase No. 2 in the country behind Virginia's Harold Deane and Curtis Staples. KU and UVa will meet in ESPN's Great Eight on Nov. 29 in Auburn Hills, Mich. ...

Haase is KU's strongest basketball player. He recently bench pressed a team-leading 265 pounds. Billy Thomas and Vaughn are team leaders in the leg press. ...

Kansas has been on a roll in the 1990s. Roy Williams' Jayhawks possess a 165-39 record since the '89-90 season, an .809 winning percentage.

Only Arkansas 175-36 (.829) has a better mark. Here's a listing of college basketball's best in the 90s: Arkansas 175-36 (.829), Kansas 165-39 (.809), Arizona 153-39 (.797), North Carolina 163-46 (.780), Kentucky 150-43 (.777), New Mexico State 148-45 (.767), UCLA 147-45 (.766), Duke 160-50 (.762), UNLV 143-45 (.761) and Indiana 145-48 (.751). Missouri is 16th at 134-52 (.720) and Oklahoma State 22nd at 140-59 (.704). ...

The Jayhawks have been playing pickup games several days a week since arriving for school.

Who looks good?

"A surprise has been T.J. Pugh," soph forward LaFrentz said recently about the 6-9 frosh forward from Omaha. "When I got back (from France and stint with the NIT all-stars), a lot of the guys said, 'Watch T.J., he's doing a good job.' I found out they were right."

Calvin Rayford and Pollard both look like they're playing at 100 percent efficiency as they rehab from knee and shoulder surgeries. ...

Ex-Jayhawk Greg Gurley isn't planning on practicing with the team this season. In the past, some ex-players took part in workouts after their eligibility expired.

"I told some of the guys if coach asks and I decide to come back and play, smack me in the face," Gurley said. "I wouldn't say I hated practice, but as a player you'd rather play games, not practice. It's not the most fun thing in the world. I'm still in shape. I played (pickup games) last week with 'em and I think I proved I can still play." ...

JaRon Rush, a 6-6 sophomore from Pembroke Hill High School, has been playing in the pick-up games with the Jayhawks. He doesn't dominate or anything, but I'd say he's one, talented high school sophomore.

Thank goodness Rush says he's not planning on verbally committing to KU or UCLA, his two college favorites, anytime soon. Remember, Rush has three seasons of prep ball remaining. High school should be on a sophomore's mind, not college. ...

Somebody on the Internet issed a funny commentary about recruiting when a Jayhawk fan asked about the possibility of Rush committing to KU right now, his sophomore year of high school. The "answer" was in the form of a press release:

"Three-year-old phenom, Thayer Lazarou of Los Angeles, has narrowed his list of schools to Kansas, UCLA, Duke and North Carolina." ...

KU has just two scholarships to give this year, which is two more than Colorado. The Buffs have 13 non-seniors on the roster, meaning the Buffs have no scholarships to give....

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