Monday, April 7, 1997
Prep star narrows list to 3
Bearcats finalists for 6-foot-9 center

MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Latvian import Kaspars Kambala, who played high school basketball this season in the Milwaukee area, will choose between UCLA, UNLV and the Cincinnati Bearcats when he makes his college decision this week.

Kambala, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound center, visited UC this weekend. He has already eliminated Florida, Florida State and Vanderbilt.

Coach John Chekouras of Homestead High in Mequon, Wis., said Kambala should be ready to sign a letter-of-intent when the spring signing period begins Wednesday.

''He's very strong for a kid his age, and physically he's very mature,'' Chekouras said. ''He's very athletic and runs the floor well. He has some work to do in his game. He's powerful, but he doesn't have a classic post-up game.''

Kambala is a consensus Top 100 player and is rated as high as No. 71, by the Recruiter's Handbook.

In other UC recruiting developments:

The Bearcats are among the final two schools for 6-9 forward Ronell Blizzard of Sacred Heart High in Waterbury, Conn.

Blizzard, who has a soft shooting touch, will visit Massachusetts this weekend, and Cincinnati the weekend of April 19-21.

''He's a great athlete, a great shot-blocker,'' said Sacred Heart coach Joseph Frascadore. Blizzard led Sacred Heart to a 21-3 record and state title this season.

Point guard Michael Horton of Alleghany (Md.) Community College visited Connecticut and told reporters there he is considering canceling his visit to UC.

Postseason

WILLIAMS SAYS HE'S RETURNING April 5, 1997
FORTSON: 'I KNOW I CAN PLAY' April 2, 1997
RECRUITING TAKES ON URGENCY April 2, 1997
WOODEN SELECTORS SPURN FORTSON April 2, 1997
FORTSON LEAPS TO NBA April 1, 1997
BEST GUESS: FORTSON'S GONE, AND HUGGINS COULD GO, TOO March 17, 1997

NCAA Tournament stories

MARCH 16, 1997
IOWA STATE 67, UC 66
UC LOSS NOT ALL SURPRISING Daugherty column
BRANNEN BECOMES SCORER

MARCH 15, 1997
IDENTITY CHECK FOR UC
IOWA STATE GETS ASSISTS FROM HOLLOWAY

MARCH 14, 1997
UC 80, BUTLER 69
IOWA STATE IS TALL ORDER
20 MINUTES ENOUGH FOR UC THIS TIME Daugherty column

MARCH 13, 1997
UC'S FORTUNES HINGE ON FORTSON
NCAA LETTER LED TO WILLIAMS INQUIRY
WILLIAMS PUNISHED BEFORE TRIAL Daugherty column
HUGGINS TO OSU? A COMMON QUERY

MARCH 12,1997
GUARD PROBLEMS PLAGUE BEARCATS
HUGGINS QUOTES GILLEN ON OSU JOB

MARCH 11, 1997
FORTSON ALL-AMERICAN
WILLIAMS PREPARES TO START
MARSHALL HAS THE MUSCLE TO CHECK FORTSON

MARCH 10, 1997
UC, XU ON COLLISION COURSE IN SWEET 16
LET FORTSON PLAY, REFS - IT'S HIS TIME Daugherty column
OPPONENT DOESN'T MATTER TO BEARCATS
BUTLER ROSTER HAS LOCAL FLAVOR