Archive for Thursday, June 19, 1997

S RIGHT WRIST HEALED

June 19, 1997

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Jerod Haase had the cast that protected his broken right wrist removed last Friday. He'd worn the plaster since March 27.

Jerod Haase's right wrist is healed.

"The doctor says everything looks great. I'm happy with the flexibility right out of the cast," said 1997 Kansas University graduate Haase, who had the cast on his wrist removed last Friday.

Haase, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., had surgery on March 27 to repair an open fixation of the scaphoid bone. Years ago, he had the same surgery on his left wrist.

"The other one was stiffer when the cast came off. This one looks and feels better," Haase said. "Once I get total flexibility, I'll be back on the court."

Haase is hoping to continue his basketball career next year, whether in the NBA or overseas. Haase is projected as either a late second-round pick in next week's NBA Draft, or somebody who will go undrafted and attend an NBA team's rookie camp.

"I've been pretty busy, so I haven't had a lot of time to think about that now," Haase said Tuesday after serving as guest speaker at Roy Williams' basketball camp.

Haase, who will host a camp of his own for local youths on June 28 and 29 at Robinson Gymnasium, has been holding camps across the state. So far 45 youngsters have signed up for his session in Lawrence.

He recently worked with 60 youths in Arkansas City.

"It's an opportunity to learn the skills and fundamentals. I think the kids are getting something out of it. I've been really pleased. The turnouts have been great," Haase said.

Haase spoke to Williams' campers about the art of shooting on Tuesday. He also gave an emotional speech on his secret to success.

"Growing up, I was always average for my class. I was never fast. I could never jump very high. In school I was not the smartest. The bottom line is hard work," Haase told the campers.

"I was a big believer in role models and still am today. My role model was my bigger brother. I tried to copy everything he did -- hang out with the right people, listen in class and develop a positive attitude. My high school coach said a bad attitude is like cancer. If you have a cancer, you cut it out."

Haase also read one passage from his book, "Floorburns," which he's hoping to have in bookstores this fall. He's still negotiating with possible publishers.

"Two days after the (season-ending) Arizona loss, I still couldn't sleep," Haase said. "I hadn't prepared myself for the possibility of not making the Final Four. The campus was shut down for spring break. I e-mailed somebody and said I wanted kids to know when you dream you often fail. But you bounce back. I am a dreamer and I bounce back."

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