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EVANS KEEPS PICKSECRET

November 8, 1996

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Maurice Evans, his parents and Wichita Collegiate basketball coach Mitch Fiegel sure know how to keep a secret.

Evans, Collegiate's 6-foot-5 senior point guard/shooting guard, will announce his college choice at 3:15 p.m. today, right after class is dismissed.

Before the mid-afternoon press conference, Evans will phone head coaches from his three finalists -- Kansas, Wichita State and Oklahoma State -- and reveal his college choice.

Evans' ultimate decision has kept everybody guessing all week.

"I talked to Kathy Evans today," Fiegel said, referring to Evans' mom. "She banned George (dad) from eating lunch at his favorite restaurant. She knew he'd tell somebody."

Fiegel wishes he had a dollar for every time somebody has asked him to reveal Evans' decision.

"Man, oh, man, people are excited," Fiegel said. "Maurice is the first division-one player we've had in basketball. We have four or five playing division-one football.

"Sure there's a circus atmosphere. But since you only do this once, we thought we'd have some fun with it."

Wichita media sources believe Evans will announce for WSU today on his 18th birthday. Recruiting guru Bob Gibbons believes KU will win out.

Evans, who attended KU's Late Night With Roy Williams and followed that trip with visits to Stillwater and WSU, hasn't tipped his hand.

"They showed me the crowd and facilities and stuff. They've got everything at KU," Evans told the Wichita Eagle. "It was nice, but I'm the one that's going to have to live there for four years and go through all the practices when they (fans) are not there."

Wichita State's coaches took the underdog approach to Evans' recruiting. Wouldn't he like to help a downtrodden program snap a string of seven straight losing seasons?

"That was really their approach," Evans said. "I really wasn't noticing all those angles before."

Of OSU, he said: "I liked their practices. All the players seemed like a family and there was more togetherness and personal relationships with coaches."

Kenny Gregory, a 6-5 guard from Columbus (Ohio) Independence High, said Wednesday he wouldn't announce his college choice until Friday, Nov. 15.

However, Independence coach Dave Feyh said a decision between KU and Ohio State could come sooner than that.

"It looks good for KU," Feyh said. "Kenny called coach Williams yesterday and he has not done anything like that before. Obviously things could change."

  • Khalid El-Amin, 5-11 from Minneapolis, will make his official visit to Minnesota this weekend. His finalists are KU and Minnesota.

  • Chris Burgess' high school coach said Thursday the Jayhawks are no longer recruiting the 6-10 center from Irvine, Calif. Burgess is expected to choose BYU over Duke. He's eliminated UCLA in the wake of Jim Harrick's firing.

  • Baron Davis, a 6-1 point guard form Santa Monica, Calif., will not sign with UCLA during the early signing period.

Davis recently committed to UCLA over KU and Duke, but has changed his mind because of Harrick's firing.

"Duke and Kansas are still interested in him and he should visit those schools," Crossroads coach Daryl Roper said. "Things are not right as far as UCLA goes and he must wait and see."

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