Recruits prioritize academics in college search
On the surface, it seemed like any other basketball recruiting setup:
Lucas Kuipers was a versatile, 6-foot-8 forward at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn. -- not a blue-chip prospect, but certainly Division-I caliber. Long before his 2008 graduation, he received letters, calls and offers from colleges nationwide. Weighing his options, Kuipers considered all the usual factors -- everything from program strength to life on campus.
But he leaned on one element a little more ...
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