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Recruits prioritize academics in college search

Updated: April 2, 2009, 4:24 PM ET
By Patrick Dorsey | Special to ESPNRISE.com

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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