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Prep star signs on with UO.

Byline: JOHN CONRAD Register-Guard Sports Editor

Adam Zahn, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Redondo Beach, Calif., said Friday that he has signed a national letter of intent with the Oregon men's basketball team, becoming the Ducks' first signee of the spring recruiting period.

Zahn is the brother of Andrew Zahn, who was a freshman reserve on the Arizona basketball team this past season, and said he is hopeful he might be able to contribute to the UO program as a freshman.

"I signed the letter and it's on its way," Zahn said. "It came down to San Diego State, Pepperdine, Illinois and Oregon. Illinois was too far away and Oregon was the perfect fit. I loved the people, I have family up there in Cottage Grove and Portland, which is huge, and I love the style of basketball. I'm really looking forward to playing with the Lukes (Ridnour and Jackson)."

Zahn averaged 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds for a team that was 24-7 this past season after posting a 28-1 record the year before.

Redondo Beach coach Tom Maier, who said Zahn also considered Oregon State, should be a good fit for the Oregon system.

"He's a great kid, a good student and he'll do well in that style of play," Maier said. "He runs the floor well, he can play inside or outside, and he can finish. He has a well-defined body and he has outstanding jumping ability."

Zahn indicated that he and his brother are looking forward to competing against each other in the Pac-10.

"He told me to go where I like the people and the coaches and have a chance to play," Zahn said. "I like everything about Oregon. I'm looking forward to proving that next year."

Maier indicated that Zahn was a player who operated within a system rather than one the team was built around.

"We had five really good players and three of them averaged in double figures," he said.

Zahn is Oregon's fourth signee this year and the Ducks have one scholarship remaining.

During the fall signing period, the Ducks sought perimeter players and added prep stars Jordan Kent of Churchill and Brandon Lincoln of Jefferson, plus junior college transfer Andre Joseph. The search this spring has focused on inside players, although Zahn reportedly has the ability to play outside.

UO coach Ernie Kent declined comment pending the arrival of Zahn's signed letter.
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Title Annotation:Men's basketball: Power forward Adam Zahn submits letter of intent to Ducks.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 4, 2002
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