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MARTIN MAKES KANSAS BASKETBALL TEAM

November 12, 1997

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Chris Martin has made the roster of Kansas's basketball team.

Martin, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior guard out of Shawnee Mission South, survived walk-on tryouts, which included 61 KU students.

Martin has some college experience. He arrives at KU after playing last season at Johnson County CC and one year at Cornell. At JCCC, Martin averaged 11.6 points and 3.7 boards. He started 30 of 31 games, earning honorable mention East Jayhawk Conference.

Martin scored a career-high 21 points in a victory over Penn Valley. At Cornell, Martin averaged 9.1 points in 16 games. He had a career-best 17 against Simpson College.

"I am pleased with what Chris has done since he's been out there," KU coach Roy Williams said. Martin has practiced with the team for two weeks. "Chris is a nice kid. I think he's helped us and will continue to help us this year. I'm glad to have him. The best thing is I think the rest of the kids were really happy when I said he made it. That's always a good sign."

LaFrentz pots 22: Raef LaFrentz scored 22 points, 20 the first half. He's still recovering from his nasty thigh bruise.

"I am trying to get over an injury. I am disappointed some things aren't there than used to be there," LaFrentz said. "The offense is easy. I'm talking the defensive end. As you saw we had defensive breakdowns the entire second half. I need to get better."

Gregory's back flares: Kansas freshman guard Kenny Gregory dunked in the first half, then immediately gave the tired signal to exit the game.

He was rescued by a time out.

"He hyperextended it," KU coach Roy Williams said, referring to Gregory's back. "It's something that will bother him all year."

Gregory, who scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, had 20 points in last Monday's exhibition win over the Outback All-Stars.

Recruiting: Doug Wrenn, a 6-7 senior forward from Seattle O'Dea High, visited Washington last weekend, then promptly eliminated Kansas from consideration. Wrenn, who visited KU two weeks ago, will pick either Minnesota, Washington or Georgia Tech during the week-long signing period, which starts Wednesday. ... JaRon Rush, 6-6 from KC Pembroke Hill, may or may not sign in the early period. A hangup is the fact he has yet to visit Kentucky. His finalists are KU, Kentucky and UCLA. ... Quentin Richardson, 6-6 from Chicago, reportedly favors DePaul over KU as the signing period approaches.

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