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Talented frosh forecast strong
By ELLIOT LEGOWI
Forget about Rick Mount, Rudy
Tomjanovich, D a v e Sorenson,
Dale Kelley, and Greg Jackson.
Jim Brewer, Nick Weatherspoon,
Al Hornyak, George McGinnis,
and Henry Wilmore are 'the names
to remember. They are the cream
f this year's crop of promising
Big Ten freshmen basketball
Michigan freshman coach
George Pomey rates Illinois, In-
diana, Ohio State, and Minnesota
as the four finest freshman teams
in the Big Ten, and Minnesota's
coach Jim Lessig adds Michigan to
Illinois' star-studed varsity will
be losing two starters after this
season, but its freshman team
should provide more than enough
players to fill these holes.I
WEATHERSPOON, 6-6 forward,
who was voted the best high
school cager in Ohio last year,
leads the Illini freshmen. Weath-
erspoon missed Illinois' first three
games while recovering from knee
surgery, but since his return has
averaged 13 points.
The "Spoon" has a great outside
shot and also provides the Illini
with good rebounding ability.
Along with Weatherspoon the
Illini also stole Nick, Conner from
under Ohio State's nose. Conner
led his Columbus East team to
two consecutive state champion-
ships and is joining his opponent
from last year's state champion-
ship game, Weatherspoon, in the
Illini fore court.
Conner who stands 6-7 is aver-
aging 17.9 for Illinois while alter-
nating between forward and cen-
Illinois' top scorer through
seven games is Alvin O'Neil, a
6-4 guard. He and Weatherspoon.
are considered the top prospects.
to break into the varsity's starting
lineup next year.
Despite the presence of all
these individual stars, Illinois
stands only 3-4 for the season, and
like Michigan, dropped a tight
game to Michigan State in their
only Big Ten battle to date.
This Friday, however, the Illini
meet Minnesota in a match of
what may be the Big Ten's two
best freshman teams. Minnesota is
playing up to its potential and
boasts a 5-1 record for what coach
Jim Lessig terms, "not a tough
JIM BREWER is the Gopher's
leading scorer, leading rebounder,
and is called by Lessig, "an out-
standing player . : . He definitely
will start for the varsity next
Brewer led his high school team
to the Illinois state championship
last year and shows impressive
credentials for his performances
so far in college.
The 6-8 forward is "real strong"
and has used his strength to com-
pile a 20.5 scoring average and
pull down 14.3 rebounds per game.
The Gophers also boast several
other stars who were recruited
from all parts of the country.z
Scott Magnuson, a 6-I center McGinnis, a 6-7 forward, and
from California, and 6-8 forward Downing, a 6-8 center both bear
"Corky" Taylor from Detroit's can't miss labels and Bolyard is
Mumford High join with Brewer confident they'll be eligible to
to provide the Gophers with a play next season.
powerful front line. Even without those two big men,
the Hoosiers are starting a good
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MAGNUSON, although the big-
gest of the trio, is "not strong
enough to be a good rebounder,
yet," Lessig said, with an em-
phasis on the "yet." However,
Magnuson does have a good out-
One problem the three big menj
have is playing defense. "They
were all high school centers and
Brewer and Taylor still need to
Another top player for the.
Gophers is guard Henry Goodes.,
He's currently second to Brewer
in scoring with a 16.8 average and
leads the team in assists.
Two starters graduate from this
year's varsity and with all the
talent the freshman possess they
can more than adequately fill
those two spots.
INDIANA HAS a good team this
year with a perfect 3-0 record but
has been showing only a part of
High school teammates George
McGinnis and Steve Downing are'
regarded by the Hoosiers' fresh-
man coach, Tom Bolyard, as the
best players at the school, but both
are sitting out this season with
WEDNESDAY I GHT
freshman lineup this year and
have several other potential var-
sity starters. Bolyard said that
"We don't have any complete
players on our varsity, but these
kids are all complete."
k 'ROBABLY the best of the
playing freshmen at Indiana is
John Ritter, a 6-4 forward or
guard who is averaging 21 points
for the Hoosiers. Bolyard calls
him "a good hustler, a good shoot-
er, and very clever."
Other potential varsity starters
are a trio of guards: Ed Daniels,
"Bootsy" White, and Fr°ank Wil-
son. Wilson, who can also play
forward is the best defensive play-
er on the team.
Ohio State is the only one of
the "top four" teams which Mich-
igan has played this year. The
Baby Blue mastered the Bucks
and dealt themtheirdonly setback
of the year 97-93.
The Buckeyes' most promising
players are guard Al Hornyak and
center Jim Witte. Hornyak was
the leading high school scorer in
the country last year with an
average of over 40 points per game.
He is a "fine shooter" and leads
the Baby Bucks in scoring. He
is not yet a polished defensive
player but that aspect of his game
is "coming along."
WITTE stands 6-11 and obvious-
ly makes a strong rebounder. He
has both scored and' rebounded
well for the Buckeyes in their sev-
en outings. Against Michigan, how-
ever, he was held in check, and
along with three other Buckeyes
fouled out of the game.
And of course there's Michigan.
The Baby Blue stand 5-2 for the
season and have much good talent
in their own right with the likes
of Henry Wilmore, Ernie Johnson,
and Ken Brady.
Brady is in much the same,.sit-
uation as McGinnis and Downing
at Indiana and is expected to be
ready to play next season.
Wilmore and Johnson have been
the top performers for the Wol-
verines and are expected to pro-
vide needed additions to the var-
sity. Wilmore and John Lockard
at forwards, Johnson at center
and Leon Roberts have all played
impressively for Michigan.
Altogether these teams provide
a great deal of good talent and
show that the Big Ten need not
worry about its future. Minne-
sita's coach Lessig summed up the
Big Ten situation well. "T h e
next few years should be good ones
for basketball in the Big Ten."
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