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October 14, 1996


Yes, Shane Battier had a great time on his basketball recruiting trip to Kansas University last weekend.

"He said it was a lot of fun," Ed Battier, Shane's father, reported Sunday night.

"He met some very nice people. The weather was good. The food was good," Ed Battier added.

Shane Battier, a 6-8 senior forward from Birmingham, Mich., Detroit Country Day High School, made his fifth and final recruiting trip last weekend. One of the top prep players in the country, Battier will choose either KU, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan or Michigan State at a press conference at his high school a week from today.

"The people, I guess," Ed Battier said, referring to the highlight of the trip.

"They went to a movie, 'The Chamber' and nobody was taking tickets. He said, 'I guess they've got the honor system in Kansas.' He said in Detroit if that happened, everybody would get in free," Ed Battier said, laughing.

The people apparently weren't shy about shaking Battier's hand and wishing him well.

"They were friendly, outgoing and their enthusiasm took him by surprise," Ed said.

The enthusiasm was apparent when 400 fans showed up for an unsupervised KU pickup game on Saturday morning at Allen Fieldhouse.

A brief item in the Journal-World and a report on the internet were the only mentions of the pickup game prior to Saturday.

"He was surprised so many people came out. He thought it was real neat and unique how basketball- crazed the people are in the area. He knew that going in -- during the home visit coach (Roy Williams) told us basketball was king," Ed Battier said.

Battier hit some three-pointers and grabbed a bunch of rebounds during the pickup game. He more than held his own despite the fact he hadn't played ball the past couple weeks.

"At school he turned his foot on a ball. I was surprised he played at all. He said he couldn't jump," Ed said.

Shane's dad said the current plan will be to wait a couple days then discuss the five finalists.

"We'll let it sink in," Ed Battier said. "Then we'll talk. I've kind of kept a running tally of the pluses and minuses of the schools. There's no question he'll have the press conference (on 21st). We'll get it over with and he'll get on with his senior year of high school."

Ed Battier said KU definitely remains in the running. Both Shane and his parents like Williams and the Jayhawk program.

"The in-home visit (of Williams) was very, very long but interesting. He came in at 7 and left after 11," Ed Battier said. "There was never a dull moment. He took questions and fired back. It worked out well. It's kind of interesting. He was 100 percent opposite of his mentor, coach (Dean) Smith. That was 45 minutes and he was out the door."

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