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March 24, 1998


Basketball player-turned-author Jerod Haase has just completed work on his latest venture -- an instructional basketball video for youths.

Haase, a former Kansas University shooting guard from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., filmed the video last week at Allen Fieldhouse. He hopes to have it on sale in bookstores in coming months.

``It will be a 30-minute basketball workout. It's a workout guide for youths,'' Haase explained. ``I think it'll be helpful, especially during the summer when young basketball players have time to work out on their own. It will show some things I do in workouts.''

The video is produced by ``Highlight Video Productions,'' a company run by ex-Jayhawks Paul Mokeski and David Magley.

``It's kind of a supplement to my summer camps,'' Haase said. He will sponsor camps for youths in June at various sites in Kansas, including Lawrence. He is working on dates and sites for the camps.

``The camp worked out well last summer,'' Haase said. ``I think it'll be better this year.''

Haase, who played some pro ball in Macedonia after graduating from KU but didn't hook on with an NBA or CBA team, is still planning on attending various NBA tryout camps this summer. However, he might decide to scrap those plans if he can land a job as a college assistant coach.

``It is something I might want to pursue. I may want to get into coaching. It's something I need to talk to coach (Roy) Williams about. Coach is a great asset in getting your name out there,'' Haase said.

Barnstorming tour: KU seniors C.B. McGrath, Raef LaFrentz and Billy Thomas are planning a barnstorming tour of games throughout the state.

No details are yet available. Current plans do not include a game in Allen Fieldhouse. There's a chance Haase could also play on the barnstorming team.

Recruiting: The college basketball world is buzzing about Kevin Houston, a Kansas, Wichita State, St. Bonaventure, Colorado State, East Carolina and others.

Houston, who played at Seward County CC and feels a loyalty to schools that recruited him earlier this year, will visit Colorado State sometime in April.

Houston told Insider's Report his interest in KU probably hinges on whether Paul Pierce returns for his senior season. If Pierce leaves for the NBA, Houston would be interested in the Jayhawks. If Pierce stays, Houston would likely opt for a school where he could receive more playing time.

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