Archive for Thursday, May 29, 1997


May 29, 1997


Jerod Haase, who has finished writing his book, "Floorburns," has a new project -- "Jerod Haase basketball camps."

Jerod Haase has been inundated with questions about the release date of his book, "Floorburns," a personal diary of the 1996-97 Kansas basketball season.

"Hopefully October or November, right before basketball season," said Haase, a former KU shooting guard from South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

"I'd like to come back to do some book signings and things like that," Haase added. "But that might be impossible if I'm playing basketball in Japan or somewhere far away."

He'd like to be playing in the NBA.

The 6-foot-3 Haase, who averaged 12.0 points on 49.5 percent shooting last season for the 34-2 Jayhawks, is projected at best, a late second-round pick.

The fact he's been unable to attend NBA Draft camps or work out for teams because of postseason wrist surgery -- the cast will come off June 11 -- hasn't improved his draft stock.

"I'd love to be taken in the second round by a team that needs me. To be honest, sometimes it's better to not be drafted. You can try to pick a team where there is a need," Haase said.

Haase has already put his business administration degree to use in negotiating a book deal and his latest venture, "Jerod Haase basketball camps," in both Kansas and Nebraska.

Haase will bring his camp to KU's Robinson Center on June 28-29. Three-hour sessions for boys 8-to-12 years old and 13-to-18 will be held on June 28. Three hour sessions for girls 8-to-12 and 13-to-18 will be held on the 29th. Details are available in pamphlets Haase has been distributing at elementary schools. Also, he says the pamphlets can be obtained at Sport2Sport in Lawrence. Cost is $40.

Other camp sites: Topeka, Independence, Concordia, Iola, Emporia, Olathe, Great Bend, Hays and Salina.

"I love coaching and working with kids," Haase said. "It will not be, 'Come and meet Jerod Haase.' We will get things accomplished.

"I started with camps in Tahoe when I was 8. I learned the fundamentals at an early age. I want to teach the importance of knowing the fundamentals. The camps seemed like a great opportunity to work and interact with the kids of Kansas while I have a chance."

To sign up, call former KU manager Jill Johansen at 842-5129.

  • Hefty donation: KU's players presented Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County a check for $23,000 at halftime of the recent barnstorming game at Allen Fieldhouse. Players signed and sold basketballs, then gave the money to the organization.

  • Miller considers KU: Mike Miller, a 6-8 senior-to-be from Mitchell, S.D., has told Insider's Report recruiting service he will likely attend either Kansas or Iowa State if he decides to play ball in the Midwest; North Carolina, Duke or Wake Forest if he elects to play far from home.

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