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Rush enrolls at KU, awaits clearance

August 27, 2005

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Brandon Rush is not yet an official member of Kansas University's men's basketball team, but he officially is a KU student.

Rush, a 6-foot-6 guard from Kansas City, Mo., on Friday enrolled at KU's Strong Hall. Now a member of the Jayhawk student body, Rush still has not been declared academically eligible for a scholarship by the NCAA Clearinghouse, though he believes that will happen soon.

"I'm enrolled," Rush said Friday when contacted by James Sido of Wichita's KAKE-TV, formerly of Lawrence's Sunflower Broadband Channel 6.

"I'm hoping to be cleared on Monday. That's what the clearinghouse people told me," added Rush, who has been unavailable for comment through most of his recruitment the past month.

Rush had been reluctant to enroll, wanting first to learn whether he would be cleared by the NCAA to play college basketball.

Sources close to the Rush family confirmed he enrolled Friday. Sources also said the clearinghouse had received his transcript and grade information from the four high schools he attended and could be close to rendering a decision.

Attending his first class Monday would tie Rush to KU. He wouldn't be able to attend another school without suffering transfer penalties.

Rush does not plan to attend college unless he can play hoops, and his ultimate goal is an early trip to the NBA.

"He had pretty much made up his mind recently (about attending KU). That sealed it." Rush's grandmother, Jeannette Jacobs, said of reports of Rush's enrolling.

Rush averaged 21 points a game last season at Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, N.C. He visited KU, Illinois and Indiana earlier this month. One source at Illinois indicated the Illini were no longer recruiting Rush, who declared for the NBA Draft, but withdrew his name after being told by NBA officials he would not be a first-round pick. KU coach Bill Self has declined comment in accordance with NCAA rules. Rush did not return calls from the Journal-World.

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