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Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

September 27, 2008

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Self in Jersey: KU coach Bill Self spoke Friday at the Garden State Coaches Clinic at St. Benedict's High School in Newark, N.J. Current KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Quintrell Thomas are from Jersey schools St. Anthony and St. Patrick, respectively.

Others who spoke at the clinic, which was attended by more than 500 coaches: West Virginia's Bob Huggins and Texas' Rick Barnes.

Zagsblog.net reports that Self and KU assistant Joe Dooley on Friday afternoon watched a workout of St. Anthony's Dominic Cheek, a 6-5 senior guard who will attend the Oct. 17 Late Night in the Phog as part of an official recruiting visit.

Cheek will also visit Villanova and Wake Forest.

"Those are the schools that have been with me since Day One," Cheek told Zagsblog.

He's also considering Indiana, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Pitt, Memphis, Connecticut and Tennessee.

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Wall favoring KU, Memphis: John Wall, a 6-4 point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., tells espn.com he's "leaning toward Kansas and Memphis, not specifically in that order. Those are the two coaches who I've had the best connection with so far because they've been in for in-home visits."

Wall, the No. 1 player in the country, is also considering Baylor (which hired his former AAU coach Dwon Clifton as director of player development), Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oregon and Kentucky.

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