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March 28, 1997


Jerod Haase's right wrist surgery has been deemed a success.

"Dr. (Bruce) Toby said everything went fine. There were no surprises. He said everything will be on schedule, three months' immobilization, then rehab," Kansas University men's basketball trainer Mark Cairns said Thursday night.

Haase had surgery Thursday at the KU Medical Center to repair a fractured scaphoid bone in his right wrist.

A small screw and bone graft material from Haase's arm were placed in the wrist. He originally fractured the bone in KU's season opener against Santa Clara on Nov. 22. He reinjured the wrist in the Nebraska game on Feb. 1.

Pain in the wrist became unbearable and Haase played just 14 minutes in KU's season-ending loss to Arizona last Friday night.

"The bone was tightened down, the fracture line narrowed, bone graft material was put in the fracture and he was put in a split," Cairns said.

Cairns said Haase faces a tough rehab regimen once a light cast is removed in three months.

"When you are immobilized that long it takes a while to get range of motion back," Cairns said. "I hope he can dribble the basketball at the end of June or the first of July."

Haase, who will miss a pair of NBA draft camps, is regarded as a possible second-round pick. There's a chance he'll go undrafted and hook on with a team for a tryout at preseason camp in September.

"I'll be in a cast and start rehab in three months. Hopefully at that point in July I'll have a shot at chasing my dream," Haase, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, said of the NBA. "It may be one in a million, but I'll go after it. A few weeks after that I may put on a coat and tie and go to work."

Haase said he would not discount the possibility of playing ball in Europe, if the NBA option didn't work out.

"It's something I'll have to talk about with coach (Roy) Williams, but it's always a possibility," Haase said.

Haase has kept a positive outlook about surgery. He had the same procedure performed on his other wrist in high school. He also broke a leg during his sophomore year at South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) High.

"I'm a veteran (of surgery)," he joked.

Haase realizes his wrist injury hurt the Jayhawks' chances versus Arizona.

"There were about a zillion factors and my wrist was one of them," Haase said. "This team had all the talent in the world, all the coaching. We were missing the final element, a little bit of luck. The good news is those things tend to balance out in the long run. If you have bad luck, you'll have good luck down the road. I think you'll see some good runs from KU in the future."

Tar Heel fans: KU athletics director Bob Frederick and family members are in Indianapolis for the Final Four. Frederick's son, Brad, a former Lawrence High standout, is a sophomore walk-on for North Carolina.

"We're staying at the team hotel and and are going to be Carolina fans for a couple days," Frederick said. North Carolina plays Arizona in a national semifinal on Saturday at the RCA Dome.

In 1993, Brad Frederick worked as a ballboy when Carolina won the national championship in New Orleans. He also was a ballboy at the 1992 Final Four in Minneapolis and 1994 Final Four in Charlotte, N.C.

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