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BIG-TIME COACHES INVADE SOUTH DAKOTA TO SEE MILLER

September 25, 1997

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Kansas coach Roy Williams was the latest coach to have an in-home visit with 6-foot-8 Mike Miller, a native of Mitchell, S.D.

College basketball fans in Mitchell, S.D., have been treated to some famous guest speakers at the city's quarterback club the past couple weeks.

Kentucky's Tubby Smith and Louisville's Denny Crum spoke last week, prior to in-home visits with 6-foot-8, 220-pound Mitchell High forward Mike Miller.

On Wednesday, KU's Roy Williams was to speak to the club prior to meeting with Miller and his parents.

Nicknamed "Skinny," Miller is also considering Missouri, Florida, UCLA and Wake Forest.

"There's never been a kid in South Dakota recruited to this level," a Mitchell sports writer said of Miller. He averaged 22.3 points and 12.2 boards last year for two-time defending state champ Mitchell High.

Miller, whose two brothers play for Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., may visit KU for the Bulls-Sonics exhibition game Oct. 11 or Late Night With Roy Williams Oct. 17.

Mitchell, S.D., is a town of 13,800 located 70 miles west of Sioux Falls. KU has already received a commitment from North Dakota point guard Jeff Boschee of Valley City.

Wrenn down to three: Doug Wrenn, 6-7 from Seattle, has eliminated Arizona, he told the Tucson paper. Wrenn will visit KU for the Bulls' game and Minnesota for its Midnight Madness on Oct. 17.

At one time, Wrenn was believed to be a lock for Arizona. Now KU and Minnesota are believed to be leading Georgia Tech. KU made major inroads two weeks ago watching Wrenn compete at an AAU tournament in Long Beach, Calif.

  • Haase update: Former Kansas shooting guard Jerod Haase averages 20 points and eight assists per game for a European traveling team based in Macedonia. Haase has decided to self-publish his book, "Floor Burn." He's hoping for a release date near the start of the upcoming basketball season.

  • Gadzooks, many recruiting Gadzuric: Prep Stars reports that KU had an in-home visit with Dan Gadzuric, a 6-10 center originally from the Netherlands, who now plays for Gov. Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass.

Reportedly, Gadzuric had in homes with KU, George Washington, UCLA, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut, Syracuse, Kentucky, Boston College, California, Michigan and Virginia. Indiana is trying to get involved. He'll visit George Washington and four others.

Richardson watch: KU, DePaul and Colorado are believed to be leading for Quentin Richardson, 6-5 from Chicago Whitney Young. Illinois, St. Louis and UConn are also on his list. Colorado recently received a commitment from point guard Jose Winston of Milwaukee.

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