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Thursday, January, Z2, 1976


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Henry thrives on atypical image

_____________Bill Cusumano_
The strange Odyssey
of Aris Gilmore
Immediately after Lew Alcindor had led UCLA to its third
consecutive national basketball title, sighs of relief were heard
from all quarters of the country. At last, all the coaches figured,
we are free from 'the plague of the super big man.
Such thoughts have to be slightly amended. Everyone
may be free from Alcinxdor but another super big man has
arrived on the scene to terrify opposition. He is Artis Gil-
more, 7-2 center for undefeated Jacksonville, who happens
to lead the nation in rebounding in addition to being in the
top ten in both scoring and field goal percentage.
Qilnore has helped to put Jacksonville on the basketball
nap and the Dolphins definitely have to be considered as a
threat for the national title. They are huge, going 7-0, 7-2, 6-10
across the front with another 6-5 in the backcourt, the top field
goal shoting team in America, the top rebounders, lead in av-
erage margin of victory and have an easy schedule. Making the
regionals should be a snap and from there they just might sur-
prise some people.
Jacksonville certainly doesn't resemble UCLA yet, though,
but they do have an outstanding group of players to go with
the big man, just as the Bruins did. However, just as Lew made
UCLA go, so does Gilmore to the Dolphins. But Gilmore could
have made any good team into a title contender and so the real
story is not what he is doing now, but his recruiting.
Artis Gilmore has had, to say the least, a' strange ca-
reer in the short time he's been around. Those of you who
read Sports Illustrated know that he divided his high school
days between Chipley,Florida and Dothan, Alabama. Gil-
more was forced to play his senior year at Dothan because
he was too old to play under Florida eligibility rules.
After graduating from high school Gilmore next showed
up at Gardner-Webb Junior College in Boiling Springs, North
Carolina. If nothing else, he .was at least piling up some stop-
ping points with interesting names.
Gilmore was also picking up droves of college scouts. Being
7-2 made him a desirable prospect to start with and when ev-
eryone found out that he could actually play his stock soared.
But Artis had one slight problem which tended to negate the
value of his talents. It seemed that he had not done too well
academically during his prep days. In the athletic w o r 1 d,
though, ways can be found to rectify academic deficiencies. Gil-
more chose the tried and true method of going to a junior col-
lege. After two years he would have a diploma and as a gradu-
ate of an accredited junior college would be free to go just
about anywhere.
So, in the fall of 1967, young Artis made his appearance
in Boiling Springs. Now Gardner-Webb does not have a rep-
utation for being one of the higher citadels of learning in
this country, but it does have aspirations of going big-time.
One way to get the school's name on the map was through
athletics and the easiest team to develop was obviously
basketball. Some bright person up at the top figured that
they could get a good team, then keep them by going to
regular collegiate and immediately become a national power.
The key to all these calculations was, of course, Gilmore. He
would give Gardner-Webb a great team and the school could
progress from there. Thus Gardner-Webb somehow manuevered
Gilmore into attending the school and soon had the Number
One ranked junior college team in the nation.
The plans for changing to full collegiate status fell through,
though, and Gilmore was opened up to recruiters again, despite
Gardner-Webb attempts to dissuade them. The result was a
giant recruiting war. Those knowledgeable in basketball realize
that North Carolina is the heart of the ACC and can imagine
that every school in the conference was breathing down Gil-
more's neck.
Outside of South Carolina and Clemson every member of
the ACC had black athletes and the old restrictions were off.
Gilmore not only became a prize player but a status symbol for
the team that got him. The eventual winner proved to be Wake
Forest. Gilmore had become good friends with Gil McGregor
and Charlie Davis and liked the Deacon coaches.
But Artis was never to register at the Winston-Salem
campus. He ran into the same problems, though, that had
plagued him in high school. Once again it seemed that Atis
hadga little trouble with the books. His grades were alright,
but he got a little hung-up on the SATs. Gilmore couldn't
even get an 800 total score. Since the ACC had made 800 the
minimum needed to play Artis was shut off. It was time to
find another school.
Jacksonville must have made Gilmore feel like he had nevi-
er left Gardner-Webb since the Dolphins had still been a junior
college in 1967 and were looking for athletic status. Jacksonville
is also not known for great academics and in certain quarters
the nasty word outlaw is used to describe it. In any case, Jack-.
sonville had no trouble admitting Gilmore and his tall, talented
friends and they are now heading for national prominence.

Gilmore may be pretty big at 7-2 but it is obvious that.
that is nothing compared to the shadow he has cast over
the past few years. It will be interesting to see if it stretches
any further in the next two years. The possibilities are lim-
itless. Gilmore could be another Alcindor and haunt oppos-
ing teams. Or, his spirit could be very disconcerting to all
parties involved if the NCAA ever finds evidence that Gil-
more's- travels were not only .strange, but aided in some
strange manner which the collegiate rule makers do not ap-
prove of.

About two weeks ago people
driving from Ypsilanti to Ann
Arbor on Washtenaw saw a young
man, wearing bells, a turtleneck,
an oversized army coat and hair
a little longer than some would
agree with, trying to thumb a
ride to A square. Most just passed
without looking and some express-
ed their disapproval with their fa-
cial expressions.
The young man finally went;
back to his apartment andI
changed only one thing and as,
I Mark Henry describes it, "They
didn't pick me up, but at least
now they were smiling when they
went by." Finally one sympathetic
young lady stopped because she
couldn't stand to see anybody out
in the cold. Like the people who
.had suddenly begun smiling, per-{
haps she was influenced in her
choice of whom to offer a ride
by the fact that Henry hadj
changed into his varsity jacket
with the beloved M emblazoned'
on it.
Not many people, seeing Henry!
in his varsity jacket would be-
lieve that he earned the letter.
by playing basketball because of
his size (6-0, 175) and even fewer,
seing him dressed in his usual
attire (described above), would
believe he was an engineer. Neither
he nor his view fit either stereo-
NOT FITTING into a stereotype
is precisely the way Henry wants
it. "I don'temphasize the idea
that I'm an athlete. Off court I'
shy away from the 'jock' image
because it's very stereotyped

around here and I feel I don't fit."
Being a walk-on also makes him
atypical. Henry decided to come
to Michigan because of the en-
gineering school. He had scholar-
ship offers from other schools for
basketball but "I wanted to come
to a big university because of the
competition. I'd been a good player
in high school but I wanted to find
out how good I really was."
SPORTS MEAN a great deal to
him because of what they've done
for him. He was given an athletic
scholarship after proving he could
make the team. However, sports
are not ultimate importance, his
education is most important. "I
realize that life isn't decided on
the basketball court, but will be
taken care of in my head."
He enjoys basketball and that's
the main reason he plays. "I'd
never get an ulcer over the game.
If I considered it a job, I wouldn't
play, regardless of the scholar-
Henry feels that college athletes
are basically professional and even
though they receive scholarships, a
great many demands still are made
on them. He thinks that many

-Daily-Andy Barbas

Henry hits a lay-up

Hudson out for season

Lou Hudson, captain of the
Michigan wrestling team, h a s
been lost for the year due to a
knee injury.
Hudson, who was Big Ten
champion at 130 pounds last year,
has not competed in any varsity
meets this year, as he has been
afflicted by a rash of injuries.
His first injuries were to his left
wrist and right ankle during pre-
season practices. Unable to par-
ticipate in the Midlands tourna-
ment, Hudson spent December
trying to stay in shape. Sometime
during that month, he became
aware of the injury to his knee,
but he did not think it was ser-
ious, and continued to practice.
Early this year, however, the
knee began to bother him, and he
was forced to heavily t a p e it.
Hudson went to see a doctor late
last week, and was told that he
should not wrestle for at least a
month. If the knee does not im-
prove, exploratory surgery may be
necessary. Ironically, Hudson won
the Big Ten Championship after
tearing rib cartilage during the
championship match.
Tuesday night, the team elected
a captain to act in Hudson's ab-
sence. The ballot ended in a tie,
Pro Standings

between seniors Jim Sanger and
Jesse Rawls. "No tie breaking
election was held, since it has been
a team custom to have co-cap-
tains," noted Assistant Coach Rick
Since Hudson did not compete
in any matches this year, Head
Coach Cliff Keen is hopeful that
he will be granted another year of
eligibility. Coach Keen adds that
"the final decision will rest with
the Big Ten faculty representa-
Sophomore Ty Belknap, who
has been wrestling at 134-pounds
while Hudson was absent, will
continue in that slot. He will have
big shoes to fill, as Hudson com-
piled the best record on the team
last year in addition to his Big
Ten championship.

athletic administrators who make
the demands don't realize that to
athletes with attitudes similar to
his, their sport is just a game and
the education is why they are at
the college.
Perhaps because he takes this
attitude toward athletics and the
fact that he doesn't promote him-
self as an athlete, some people
think that he doesn't tend to give
100 per cent on the court. "I feel
I work as hard as the next guy.
Just because I don't come off with
the 100 per cent jock image doesn't
mean I'm not giving my all on
the court.
"I view basketball as basically
a game of confidence and mental
attitude. It's an individual thing
of how much you want to sacrifice
in pain and hours to win."
THE QUALITY of being able to do
what he wants to do 'is one reason
Henry admires Joe Namath. "With
any job there should only be a.
question of how well you do that
and no complaints about how you
run your life. As long as what I
do off court doesn't affect my
ability to play, no one should
worry about it,"
This is one reason he regards
anything athletes say off their
playing fields as expressing their
own opinions and not representing
either their sport or the athletic
departments of their universities.

"Off court, I'm speaking for my-
self, the same as anyone else and
that's the way my opinions should
be treated."
COMING FROM a "rather con-
servative" environment in Indiana
and being an engineer has, as he
says, definitely influenced his
thought. "At the moment, I'm
still trying to rationalize either a
completely liberal or conservative
line of thought. The toughest
question for me to answer is
'Should everyone be equal?', not
Is everyone equal?"'
"To me it seems that man feels
the necessity for some sort of so-
cial stratification. Even sports
provides a man with some way of
measuring himself against others."
He feels !that there will be a
gradual "enlightenment" of peo-
ple. "Liberals are a very smnall
minority of the group which makes
the decisions. However,if they
keep pressing for their reforms
and are constantly vocal about it,
exposure should eventually wear
of on the so-called silent majority.
It may take a while but the re-
forms would become a reality and
perhaps the majority will have
moved a little from the right
further toward the center.
Maybe Mark Henry, with his
turtlenecks, army coats, long hair,
and bells, will help to change the
stereotype of an engineer and a

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llwaukee 33 16
taltimore 30 19
hiladelphia 26 23
incinnati 22 28
coston 20 27.
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hicago 24 26
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an Francisco 21 27
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