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October 26, 1996


If Kansas wanted, it could likely secure a verbal commitment today from a highly-regarded high school senior point guard.

Not Khalid El-Amin, 5-foot-11, from Minneapolis, who visited KU last weekend. He's still considering KU, Minnesota, Georgetown and Cincinnati and plans to pick a school in the late signing period.

Not Tony Harris, 6-1 from Memphis, who plans to visit here Nov. 15 but might not sign early. He's considering KU, Memphis, Tennessee, Colorado and LSU.

The point guard sold on KU is 6-2, 220-pound Travis Spivey, a senior at Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, N.C.

A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Spivey transferred to Mt. Zion late last year.

"He really likes Kansas. He knows all about Roy Williams and the great job he's done there. If Kansas was to offer, it would be a no-brainer," Mt. Zion coach Joel Hopkins said.

Spivey, who led Durham's AAU team to a second-place finish in the national 17-and-under tournament last summer, is a prime target of Cal-Berkeley. Cal already has offered Spivey a scholarship.

Missouri is also pursuing Spivey, along with his teammate, 6-7 George Mazyck. Florida State, Miami and North Carolina-Charlotte also want Spivey.

Duke might be interested if the Blue Devils fail to land top prospect William Avery.

"I think what is happening is, Kansas wants to wait and see if they get Harris. Duke wants to see what Avery will do. I will tell you this, and you can put it on the record: Travis Spivey will end up in one of the top programs. He is the best defensive point guard in the country," Hopkins said.

The story making the rounds is that North Carolina coach Dean Smith recommended Spivey to Williams.

"Dean Smith called Roy when Baron Davis decided to attend another school (UCLA)," Hopkins said of Davis, a 6-1 point guard who chose the Bruins over KU, Duke and others. "He said, 'You need to get Spivey.'"

Smith, who does not need a point guard, has already received a commitment from Mt. Zion's Max Owens, a 6-5 guard.

"He could step in Jacque Vaughn's shoes here and now. He's unselfish. He gets others involved. He makes great decisions. If you find one better, it would surprise me," Hopkins said.

Spivey, who prefers the name Travis over his actual name, Le Trevis, is not known as a scorer.

"He is strong, tough-minded and aggressive, more than being a great offensive player," a North Carolina writer said.

Spivey's toughness showed on the football field his first three years of high school in South Carolina. A defensive back, he was a football target of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, Miami and Penn State.

However, he gave up football this year in traveling to Mt. Zion to work on his grades. Mt. Zion has seven college prospects on this year's basketball team, including 6-6 junior Travis Robinson, who will be one of the country's top prospects next year. Spivey has not set up a visit to KU. He's not listed in Bob Gibbons' top 100, but he does make the top 500 list.

"If I was a coach, I'd want somebody who wants to come to my school," Hopkins said. "And Travis Spivey would love to go to a place like Kansas."

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