CAMDENTON, Mo. – Jeff Carey's weekend plans include a Friday trip to the University of Kansas, a Saturday retake of the ACT and a decision on his college basketball future.
"We're going to get it done by Sunday," said Carey's father, Ray Bob, who leaves Monday on a two-week business trip. "We're going to do it before I leave."
The NCAA's five-week late signing period begins Wednesday and Carey, a 6-foot-11 senior at Camdenton High, is 1 of 2 prospects Illinois still is pursuing.
The other, Iowa junior college forward Leighton Nash, will visit Champaign-Urbana this weekend.
Carey will decide between Illinois, St. Louis and Kansas. The Jayhawks, who joined the chase late, have not yet offered Carey a scholarship, but sent assistant coach Matt Doherty to Camdenton to watch Carey work out last week. On Sunday, they called back, inviting him to campus.
It'll be an unofficial visit, Carey using up the five official ones the NCAA allows on Southwest Missouri State, Evansville, St. Louis, Indiana and, last week, Illinois.
"We're going to go to Kansas, see what they have to say, make it short and quick, then make a decision," Ray Bob said. "Illinois and St. Louis are still awfully strong."
Road woes continue for Illini men
The University of Illinois men's tennis team dropped to 1-3 on the road this season, losing 5-2 to California in Berkeley.
The No. 2 doubles team of Cary Franklin and Oliver Freelove won, as did Franklin (No. 1) and Jeff Laski (No. 6) in singles play.
Illinois, 11-7, plays at Stanford today.