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KU WALK-ON LANDS DATE ON TV SHOW

May 23, 1997

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Kansas basketball notebook. ...

I was surprised to see former KU walk-on Scott Novosel appear as a contestant on "The Dating Game" the other night.

Introduced by the host of the syndicated TV program as "Novie," 1995 KU graduate Novosel first gave a spiel about how he "learned a lot about life playing basketball for coach Roy Williams at the University of Kansas."

Then Novosel was allowed to converse with three women and choose one as his date. One contestant was an exotic dancer; one a scary individual who bragged about her many body piercings and the third a more traditional, All-American-type woman.

You guessed it -- Novosel, who attended KU as a graduate student last semester -- picked the more conservative person of the three.

Believe it or not, Kansas City Chiefs running back Greg Hill appeared on the same show. Hill didn't get to do any choosing, however. He won out over two others for a date with a woman who prefers to date only football players. Hill apparently came closest to matching this criteria. ...

Two NBA teams have pursued KU coach Roy Williams this offseason. Contrary to published reports, Williams says he has not heard from the Golden State Warriors.

"I've had two legitimate inquiries, both maybe even a little deeper than inquiries. I said no both times. It was not a difficult decision to make," Williams said on WIBW radio's Sports Talk Thursday night.

Media types have asked Williams for a statement regarding the Golden State job.

"I will not make a statement everytime somebody puts something in the paper," Williams said, noting he refuses to say he's not interested in something that hasn't been offered.

"I guess the last six years I've been approached every year. It's not something I am interested in," he said of the NBA. ...

Williams said Thursday only Ryan Robertson will be attending the USA Basketball tryout camp for the Under 22 and World University Games teams later this month in Colorado. The organization earlier put out word Raef LaFrentz would be trying out. But LaFrentz is recovering from recent surgery on his foot and isn't due to return to the court until next month. ...

Williams on the decisions of LaFrentz and Paul Pierce to stay at KU rather than bolt for the NBA:

"To be honest, neither of those kids really wanted to go at all," Williams said. "I didn't think I'd be doing my job and doing what was in their best interests if I didn't tell them to at least look at it."

Williams provided the duo with an NBA salary scale and likely draft projections.

"I'd have been happy for them either way," Williams said. "If a kid's interest is on the NBA level, that's where he should play. These kids enjoy the college life and wanted to stay." ...

Most of the Jayhawks will spend at least some time in Lawrence this summer. They'll attend summer school, hit the weights and play pick up ball.

The freshmen and juco newcomers normally arrive about the time of the Sunflower State Games in late July.

Newcomer Jelani Janisse, a 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles City College will arrive in late summer, he says. "I'm busy looking for a job right now," Janisse said from L.A.

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