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August 19, 1998


Kansas is aggressively pursuing not one, but two high school basketball players from Iowa.

Nick Collison, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Iowa Falls, has narrowed his college choices to Kansas and Duke. He's expected to pick a school in late September after making official visits to both campuses.

Meanwhile, Kirk Hinrich, a 6-foot-3 point guard from West High in Sioux City, made an unofficial visit to Kansas last week. He will visit KU officially the Oct. 3 weekend. Kentucky, Oklahoma, Utah and Iowa State are also on his list of schools.

Hinrich and Collison led Iowa to a second-place finish at the 19 & under AAU nationals in Virginia Beach, Va.

Hinrich withdrew a verbal commitment to Iowa State the day Tim Floyd signed on as Bulls' director of basketball operations.

``I don't know if there is a leader, but he thinks Kansas is awfully neat,'' said Jim Hinrich, Kirk's dad, who has coached his son the past three years. He's in his 20th year as head coach at West High.

``Kansas seems to be very interested. Coach (Roy) Williams said there is a need for a person in his position. I'd say Kansas and Oklahoma are most actively recruiting him.''

Hinrich knows all about Kansas. His sister is beginning her junior year at KU.

``Kansas has great facilities, the whole package as far as dorms, training table, weight room, study hall,'' Jim Hinrich said. ``Coach Williams, Neil (Dougherty) and Matt (Doherty) have done a great job making Kirk feel wanted.''

Hinrich committed to Iowa State the summer between his sophomore and junior year of high school.

``It was a situation where coach Floyd sat down with Kirk and sold him on the idea he wanted him and he could play there,'' Jim Hinrich said.

``We didn't know how many schools would be interested. It was in state, close to home, with coach Floyd and a great league. After coach Floyd left, he decided to open it up.

``He (Larry Eustachy, Floyd's replacement) seems genuine, straight forward. Two days after he got the job, he flew out to see Nick and Kirk play.''

Hinrich has set up home visits with five schools, starting on Sept. 9.

Hinrich averaged a team-leading 18.3 points per game on 61 percent shooting last season. He hit 47 percent of his three-pointers and 87 percent of his free throws.

``It basically boils down to getting a feel of what the universities have to offer,'' Hinrich said. ``Some schools are sending 11 letters to Kirk and they are all Xeroxed copies. Kansas does a great job personalizing everything they send. He is flattered all these schools are interested in him. He's trying to look at the schools and see where he fits in.''

  • Dougherty to interview: KU basketball assistant coach Neil Dougherty will interview for the Colorado State coaching position today. Portland State head coach Ritchie McKay interviewed Tuesday. It is believed Dougherty is the frontrunner for the job.

  • Recruiting update: Matt Bonner, a 6-9 forward from Concord, N.H., has picked Florida; Michael Bauer, 6-9 of Hastings, Minn., has chosen Minnesota and Nick Van der Laan, 6-11 from California, has chosen Cal-Berkeley.

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