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Monday, December 29, 2003
Former UW star in K.C.
Doug Wrenn couldn't be contacted, but he has been located.
The former O'Dea High star seemed to disappear after announcing last spring that he was leaving Washington with a year of eligibility remaining.
Wrenn wasn't selected in the NBA draft and was so out of contact with former coaches and others at UW that few seemed to know where he was. Earlier this fall, several UW players told reporters they thought Wrenn was headed to Australia to play professionally.
Alas, once Wrenn was finally found, it was in a locale much less exotic - Kansas City, playing for the fledgling Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association.
Wrenn has been one of the leading scorers for the Knights, who were 6-3 in mid-December and coached by former NBA star Scott Wedman. The ABA is a seven-team league that includes franchises in Juarez and Tijuana, Mexico. Dennis Rodman recently signed with the team in Long Beach, Calif.
The ABA is attempting to revive the spirit of the similarly-named league that Julius Erving and others led to fame in the 1970s. It uses a red, white and blue ball and has several innovative rules, such as no foul-outs, basket interference being allowed after the ball has hit the rim once, and what it calls the "3-D Rule." Under that provision, when a team loses the ball in backcourt, any basket scored by the opponent is worth an additional point.
The Knights aren't exactly packing them in. A recent game drew about 500 fans, and guard Joe Crispin - who played briefly for the Lakers and Suns - told the Kansas City Star that some of matchups felt "almost like pickup games" because of the lack of spectators.
But for now, the ABA is at least a professional start for Wrenn, one of the more renowned prep players in recent Seattle history. What Wrenn thinks about it all, however, remains a secret. Numerous calls to the Knights requesting an interview with Wrenn were unsuccessful.
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