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KU WOMEN TO SIGN AT LEAST THREE TODAY

November 12, 1997

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Kansas University's women's basketball team is expected to sign at least three high school seniors today, the first day of the early signing period.

Salena Scott, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Austin, Texas, Dalchon Brown, a 6-4 center from Virginia Beach, Va., and Katie Hannon, a 6-2 shooting guard from Rochester, N.Y., are expected to ink with the Jayhawks today.

Scott was a three-time all-stater and a preseason Street&Smith's prep All-American at Austin's St. Michael's Academy. She averaged 18.3 points and 5.5 steals per game in leading St. Michael's to last year's Texas Christian Interscholastic League state championship last season.

She picked KU over Baylor, Texas A&M, Stephen F. Austin, Kansas State, Memphis and Arkansas.

Brown, a senior at Virginia Beach Green Run High, was ranked 61st nationally by the Blue Star recruiting service.

She picked KU over Georgia and Connecticut.

"She's just turned her game around," said her AAU coach, Boo Williams. "She's become a force. Last year, the skills were there. Now it's a 180-degree turnaround. Her skills just fell in accord with her height."

Williams said Brown averaged 15 points a game as a junior.

"And her high school team wasn't that good," Williams said. "She can be one heck of a player. Everybody wanted her, all the big-time schools. She finally had to get her (phone) number changed. They wouldn't leave her alone."

Hannon, a senior at Rochester's Gates Chili High, averaged 17.4 points and six rebounds a game as a junior. A three-time all-Monroe County selection in basketball and softball, Hannon is the only player in her school's history to score 1,000 career points, and she holds the school record with 41 three-pointers.

Hannon, an honorable mention Street&Smith's All-American, picked KU over Virginia Commonwealth.

KU coach Marian Washington can't comment on her recruits until she has their letters of intent in hand. She has said she hopes to sign four or five players during the early period.e players during the early period.

-- Andrew Hartsock's phone message number is 832-7216. His e-mail address is hartsock@ljworld.com.

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