Archive for Sunday, June 29, 1997

HAASE WANTS SHOT AT NBA

June 29, 1997

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Jerod Haase didn't watch the NBA Draft on television.

"I went golfing. I played 36 holes," Haase, the former Kansas guard, said Saturday after working with 125 youths at his summer camp for boys at Robinson Center. Today, he will work with girls during a morning and an afternoon session.

"I wasn't disappointed, not at all. Being injured, I was not able to do some things," added Haase, who was in his hometown of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on draft day.

Haase, who had postseason surgery on his right wrist, was not selected in the two-round draft. His chances were hurt, considering he couldn't attend two NBA camps for prospects. He is now fully recovered and has started playing pick-up basketball again.

Last week, he signed with Pro Serv agent Tony Dutt and hopes to attend an NBA camp in late July.

Haase said he's heard some teams have shown interest.

"The only thing I want is for one team to give me a legitimate shot," Haase said. "I want to be assured if I outplay somebody, I have a shot to make the team.

"I don't know what the time frame will be, but I do know my first priority is trying to make the NBA. I don't know if I'm just a dreamer, but that's what I want."

If that doesn't work out, he wants to continue playing in Europe.

"I think I'd enjoy that, learning about a different culture," Haase said.

Haase has been busy holding camps all over the state.

"The neatest thing is when parents or kids come up and say they got a lot out of it and they had fun," he said.

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