Track More Important Than Most Would Think
Kevin Bookout, a power forward from Stroud (OK) High, will be on the campus of Kansas this weekend for the official start of the 2001-02 college basketball season. Ironically, it's homecoming for the Jayhawks and they'll play host to Oklahoma, the one team Bookout is probably most familiar with.
"They said there would probably be 16,000 [people] in there [for Midnight Madness]," Bookout said. "It's a pretty big deal." Yeah, when you live in Lawrence, basketball is always a pretty big deal.
Bookout already made visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and will make an official visit to Arkansas the weekend of Nov. 10. His final trip is likely to come down to a trip to either UCLA or Tennessee. Illinois is still trying to make some headway, but that's not looking real good.
Remember, Bookout's decision is not will not be based solely on basketball. This is a young man who has Olympic dreams, and not those of the Tracy McGrady variety. "I have a better shot at being an Olympian than probably the NBA," Bookout said. He's referring to his chance of representing his country in the shot put and discus one day on the international stage.
"The track program is going to have to be big," Bookout said. "The coaches too, that's a pretty big deal. If it was just strictly basketball it wouldn't be that bad but because of both it's a little tougher."