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BOSCHEE TO SIGN WITH KU TODAY

November 12, 1997

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Jeff Boschee will sign a national men's basketball letter of intent with Kansas University at noon today at Valley City (N.D.) High School.

"It's nice to finally sign the letter and know I'm going to Kansas for sure," Boschee, a 6-foot-1 point guard, said Tuesday.

He verbally committed to KU on Aug. 27, picking the Jayhawks over Minnesota and Arizona.

"I'm going to sign it at noon. It'll be pretty plain, no big deal," Boschee said. "It's going to be a normal day."

Today is the first day of the week-long early signing period. The Jayhawks have three additional scholarships to give, four more if Paul Pierce elects to turn pro following this season.

"I've always wanted to be part of the Kansas family, ever since elementary school," said Boschee, who averaged 25 points, four assists and two steals a year ago.

There's a chance KU could obtain another signature tonight. Quentin Richardson, a 6-6 guard/forward from Chicago Young High, was to ink with either DePaul, Kansas or Kentucky at a press conference at 6 p.m. tonight.

"Only Quentin knows. Stay tuned," a source at the high school said.

He'll also appear on Chicago station CL-TV at 9 p.m.

Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said he's heard Richardson may pick KU because Richardson has some sort of problem with one of DePaul's recent signees.

Kansas City (Mo.) Pembroke Hill coach Rick Allison says there's a 60 percent chance 6-6 guard/forward JaRon Rush will wait until April to sign with either Kansas, Kentucky or UCLA. Rush has scheduled a visit to Kentucky for this weekend.

Meanwhile, Basketball Times continues to report on Rush's relationship with KU grad Tom Grant, a Kansas City businessman who has provided tuition money, a car, braces and vacations for Rush the past several years. Grant has told the Journal-World he sent a letter to the NCAA informing the organization of everything he's given Rush.

It is believed Grant began providing for Rush before he was a "recruitable athlete," hence the NCAA isn't expected to deny Rush eligibility if he selects Kansas.

Grant has provided $800,000 of his own money for inner city youths the past eight years.

Tayshaun Prince, 6-7 of Compton, Calif., will visit Georgetown this weekend. He's expected to pick KU, Kentucky, UCLA or Georgetown next week, unless he decides to sign in the spring.ince, 6-7 of Compton, Calif., will visit Georgetown this weekend. He's expected to pick KU, Kentucky, UCLA or Georgetown next week, unless he decides to sign in the spring.

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