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Recruit Case ‘a gym rat’

April 28, 2002


Former Oklahoma State guard Win Case still will shoot baskets with his son, Jeremy.

But Win Case, a 5-foot-11 sharpshooter who started from 1983-85 at OSU, no longer laces up the Nikes for one-on-one battles against his boy a 6-1, 160-pound McAlester (Okla.) High School junior who Friday orally committed to play basketball at Kansas.

"I stopped playing him when he started beating me in the eighth grade," Win Case said. "We joke all the time about who is the better shooter. I'd say he is now."

Jeremy Case has benefited greatly playing against his dad, the 12th year head coach at Oklahoma City University, and his dad's OCU players.

"He's in the gym from sunup to sundown," said Win Case. "My office is right next to the gymnasium. He comes to work with me every day during the summer and spends the whole day in the gym.

"He'll do lifting early in the day, shoot and work out with my players during the afternoon. I think it's one of the keys to improving he's played against older players."

Jeremy Case, who averaged 26 points a game on 58 percent shooting for 22-5 McAlester his junior season, is best known for accurate 45-percent three-point bombing.

"He has very good form," Win Case said. "One thing that separates him from average shooters is he is never satisfied. He shoots an average of 500 to 800 shots every single day, even during the season. He is a gym rat."

Jeremy Case said working out at OCU throughout the years, "has helped a lot. It's helped me mature quickly. I can play all day. I just love playing. I want to get better and be the best. Playing against college players really helps when I come back to McAlester and go against the high school players."

The hard-working Case will work out daily with a personal trainer this summer between trips around the country with the Athletes First AAU team and a stop at the Nike All-America camp in Indianapolis.

"I preach to Jeremy all the time: 'Ballplayers are made in the summer,'" Win Case said. "He knows that and will do what it takes."

As the son of a coach and a mother who played college basketball, Jeremy Case definitely knows the game.

"Not to brag, but the thing that separates him from a lot of players in the state is, not only his skill level is high in terms of shooting, passing and ball-handling, but he thinks the game like an older person," Win Case said.

"I don't want to compare him to Michael Jordan except in terms of Michael Jordan being better than anybody in the NBA in terms of mental capacity. Jeremy on the high school level mentally is at another level. People talk about his shooting more impressive to me is his feel for the game. He doesn't care if he scores a point. He just wants to play the game right and win."

A good athlete, Case also plays baseball at McAlester High. He's a shortstop and center fielder.

"He's a natural athlete," Win Case said. "I went to one of his baseball games. They are down two runs in the bottom of the ninth. There's two outs. he hits a home run, ballgame over, they win."

You might call Win Case a proud papa.

"I said to him tonight, 'I'm so proud of you, Jeremy,' Win Case said. "Not only is Kansas getting a great player but a really great person. He is a great, great kid."

Win Case would have liked to coach his son in college.

"We'd talk about it all the time. I'd say, 'Jeremy I've got one of the best players in the country in my backyard. What will it take to get you to play there (OCU)," Win Case said with a laugh. "He wants to play on the highest level, and you can get no better than Kansas and Roy Williams. I am a fan of that program even before Jeremy decided to go there."

Case will sign a letter of intent with KU next November. His oral commitment is non binding.

Giddens loves KU: J.R. Giddens, a 6-5 junior guard from Oklahoma City John Marshall High School, made his official recruiting trip to Kansas Thursday through Saturday instead of the usual Friday-Sunday. Giddens was back in Oklahoma Saturday for his Athletes First AAU practice.

"I just felt like I was at home," Giddens told recruiting analyst Jon Kirby. "At Kansas they care about you as a person as much as a player. I felt comfortable with the players and the coaches. Coach Williams is a great person and I highly respect him."

Giddens he averaged 25 points and 7.2 rebounds a game last year is considering KU, Oklahoma and TCU and could have a decision soon.

"I may want to keep it to myself," he said. "I will talk with my coach and decide whether I will make a decision or if I will hold off for a while. Kansas stands pretty high on my list."

Also here this weekend: Omar Wilkes, 6-2 from Los Angeles, and David Padgett, 6-11 from Reno, Nev.

Humphreys postpones trip: Kris Humphries, 6-8 from Hopkins High in Minnesota, has posponed his recruiting trip to Duke until mid-May. Humphreys, who visited KU last week, is considering KU, Duke, Minnesota and others.

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