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College Basketball / Ncaa Men's Final Four Notes

April 04, 1993|MIKE DOWNEY

The college career of Adonis Adelecino Jordan, the San Fernando Valley's contribution to Kansas basketball, came to an end Saturday when the Jayhawks lost to North Carolina, despite his 19 points and five three-point baskets.

"Going to two Final Fours--you dream about things like that," said Jordan, the 5-foot-11 guard from Cleveland High in Reseda who led Kansas to three Big Eight Conference championships and the 1991 national championship game.

Jordan is only the fourth player in Kansas history to play in four NCAA tournaments. He also was the first player to sign a letter of intent to play for Coach Roy Williams.

"Now that I look back at it, it was all hard work," Jordan said. "They call it 'playing' basketball, but none of it was play, believe me. It was work. Back in high school, there were a lot of guys better than me. It took a lot of work for me to get this far.

"I came into this knowing this could be my last college game, so I gave it my all. This doesn't hurt as much as losing to UTEP in last year's tournament did--but it hurts. It hurts a lot."

Saturday's loss also breaks up the backcourt partnership of Jordan and senior Rex Walters. Together to the end, Walters also had 19 points with five three-pointers.

Asked in the dressing room what they said to one another after the game, Jordan said: "To tell the truth, I haven't said anything to Rex yet. I don't know what to say. All I know is that he made me a better player, and hopefully he can say the same."

Said Walters: "Playing with Adonis Jordan was one of the best things that ever happened to me."

Charlotte, N.C., will be host to the 1994 Final Four, followed by Seattle, the New Jersey Meadowlands and Indianapolis.

Five cities--including Indianapolis, which one NCAA source described as the organization's favorite site--reportedly are the top contenders for the Final Fours of 1998, 1999 and 2000. The others are San Antonio--its new Alamo Dome is considered virtually certain to land one--Minneapolis, Atlanta and the Suncoast Dome in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"I'll be pulling like the dickens for North Carolina on Monday night," said Kansas' Williams, once a Carolina assistant. "If you are a Kentucky or Michigan person, I'm sorry. But if you don't understand that, then you don't understand Roy Williams."

Not since Georgetown (1984) and Villanova (1985) have different schools from the same conference won championships in consecutive years. North Carolina can do it for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke having won the last two.

This is the fourth year in a row an ACC team will appear in the final.

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