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IEON E IG MCUGN IT
MBER OF 'SMARTEST TEAM':
Rogers Improves Fast, Moves into Starting Slot

SUNDAY, DECEM1BI

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By MIKE GILLMAN jor, and one from the school of up to his coach's billing in the
"We may not have the best Architecture and Design. academic field by carrying a grade
basketball team in the Big Ten, Among these (from Architecture average of over 3.0. But it's on
but we must have the smartest." and Design) is soft-spoken Gordy the basketball court that Rogers
Rogers, the big 6'6" center who has impressed Perigo most of this
So spoke Coach Bill Perigo, and has finally come into his own this year.
be went on to say that on his year. After seeing only limited action1
starting five there were three Pre- Rogers, whose favorite haunt is last season, he has played full1
Med students, one Economics ma- the Undergraduate Library, lives time in all three of Michigan's+
_-_ .T ____games thus far. And in the con-
' solation round at Kent State last
week, he led the Wolverines to an1
83-55 win over the host team with
a 17-point total.,
Has a Chance Now &
* i Coach Perigo, commenting on
Rogers' marked improvement this
I year, said, "He's getting a chance
now.:He got very little opportunity
to play last season. He's relaxed
and playing better ball. This is a
game of habit, and the less you
r have to worry about playing, the
fewer mistakes you'll make."
.."-y┬░Rogers himself says, "For one
thing, I don't have to play behind
E Pete Tillotson (Michigan's '57-58
All-American candidate), and I've
got more confidence."
As for what's ahead, Perigo in-
. dicated that Rogers has got some
improvements to. make before
league play starts. Said the coach,
"He can help us a lot, but it'll
take a great deal of work on his
- part."
Played at Utica
Work won't be a novelty to
Rogers. He didn't start to play
any organized basketball until his
sophomore year at Utica (Mich.)
Junior Guard
Of Sharp-Pass
I' By CLIFF MARKS
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Coming from the basketball-
Slippers from from $2.95 -crazy state of Indiana, Terry Mil-
S3f95 - $75 7 ler, Michigan's peppery junior1
39 - $7 guard, naturally started playing
the game at an early age.j
"I would go with my older,
brother and some of the fellows on
As a the block to play," Miller said,
Fthe "just as every other boy in Indiana
eaturing thewide selection of does when he is old enough to get
ESQU I RE Rubbers and Boots the ball up to the basket."
Fn DeHis early lessons in basketball
Footman Delux must have been well learned as
" $hoe Shine Kit Miller demonstrates with his quar-
terbacking of Coach Bill Perigo's
Other styles also available cage squad.ets up Plays
onA_____In this respect, the coach re-
i marked, "Terry is doing a good
job of trying to quarterback the
team. He sets up the plays."
When asked about his play-
making abilities, Miller replied. EIA B O H R,
FILECCIA BROT H ERS deth ti s yar' team has
"The other boys are good scre~s.
They can do the shooting." He also
1109 South University added that this year's team has
workedwell together and has de-
fact he neglected to mention was
thatthetchalks up his share of the
points, too.
v Miller, who resides in Fort
Wayne, Ind., is a starter for the
Wolverines for the second straight"
11rC rayear. Last year he teamed with
veteran Jack Lewis i' the back-
Books are a Chnstmascourt, with both of them proving
to be a formidable combination.
Now, the shoe is on the other
" foot, as Miller has promising soph-
Shop er s Best Fr'end omore John Tidwell for a running
mate.
Year Helps Confidence '
"That one year makes a great
difference," Miller said, and he
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High School. and since. in his own
words, he just "grew too fast," he
had a tough time breaking into
the lineup.
Coming to Michigan from Utica.
by way of Western Michigan. the
big junior is now in his last year
of eligibility and hopes 'to make a
big year of it. He's happy to be
playing regularly and reports that
he "hadn't played a full game
since high school, until the three
this year."'

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Lacks N eeded Height,

By AL JONES
Daily sports Editor

Again Michigan b a s k e t b a l l
coach Bill Perigo has BIG and
DEE? problems.
As has been the case every year
since Perigo began coaching at
Michigan in 1952, the Wolverines
are missing the "big man" and the
bench strength that is necessary
to battle the rugged Big Ten
ranks.
Aside from the center position,
the genial *M' cage mentor has
one of the best units that he has
seen in his tenure here. With re-
turning starters George Lee and
M. C. Burton at forwards and
Terry Miller at guard, plus the
addition of sophomore flash John
Tidwell at the other guard, the
Wolverines have a great support-
ing team.
No 'Big Man'
However, they have no "big
man" to support.s
The fifth starting assignment
has fallen to Gordie Rogers, a 6'6"
senior who played little last year.
His progress in the pivot has been
surprising. as he has shown a good
scoring eye, but lack of weight
and height will make defense a
problem in Conference play.
Burton (6'5") and Lee (6'4")

have both shown as starters the center, is the lack of anyone of Big
past two years that they can be Ten caliber past the starting five.
audouts on both offense and de- The loss of Lewis. a starter the
ene. Lees sud epast two years, means there is no
fense. Lee has suddenly come into strong sixth man: something that
his own this y ear., while a slow
hst own hs h peared Burton.any team needs that wants to last
start has hampered Burton. through a Big Ten schedule,
Nevertheless. the two honorary
co-captains form one of the most A number of cagers are nearing
potent rebounding and scoring the level needed, and may be able
'ombinations at forward in the to help out as the season progress-
Big Ten. es. There are three guards that
New Play-Maker have shown up well so far.
Miller, who started last year as Three Guards
a sophomore, has taken over the Senior Dale Kingsbury. who has
position of play-maker since cap- slight experience from last year,
tain-elect Jack Lewis was dropped is the top prospect, while sopho-
from the squad for involvement mores Rich Robins and Rich Mil-
in a campus gambling syndicate. ler may both see considerable ac-
He possesses good scoring poten- tion.
:ial and great rebounding ability Front line substitutes are at
for a 6' man. an even greater premium. Junior
Tidwell (6'3") is the best fresh- Lovell Ferris (6'3") has looked
man that has appeared in the impressive in limited action, but
Michigan cage circles in a number doesn't have the height that is
of years. Averaging almost 20 needed in the Big Ten. Sophomore
points a game so far, he has taken Rich Donley 16'5") needs experi-
.up much of the slack in Michi- ence, but may develop later in
gan's otherwise mediocre offense, the season,
and with a little improvement on Perigo has his eye on another
defense could become the best all- sophomore, ary Kane, who has
around basketball player in recent s ome. fry K a ll sea-
1M hitjyust come in from football sea-
"M' history, son. Only 6'3", Kane weighs 215
Lack of Depth and jumps very well. He could
Michigan's principle trouble provide the answer for a front
aside from the lack of a huge line substitute.
Michigan's Winter Athletes
See other features on "W" athletes on pages 9, 10, 11, and 12.

BILL PERIGO
. . " no "big man" yet

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GORDIE ROGERS
... his big chance

Operates as Quarterback

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gan,' illner said, -btiulhe wasn'ti

his sophomore year. interested."
Miller also had three years o When discussing the change
high school varsity experience for from high school to college basket-
Fort Wayne South Side, a team ball, Miller injected the thought
which won the Indiana High that he likes to play a fast-break-
School Basketball Championship ing style of ball. "We didn't use
last year. the fast break much in high
That 1958 edition was led by school.
Tough To Shoot
seven-footer Mlike McCoy, who TuhT ho
went to Northwestern. "I talked He also remarked that he has
to Mike about coming to Michi- gone through a gradual adjust-
ment period. One thing he notices
is that "the men are bigger in col-
lege. It is hard to get shots away."
For this reason. Miller's excel-
lent jumping ability serves him inj
good stead. Regarded as a small
mnI i as present day piayers go, he
can almost dunk the ball, which is
quite a feat for a man only six feet
tall.

a

Miller is not only an exceptional
basketball player', but a brilliant'
performer in the classroom as well.
He carries a 3,6 overall average in
pre-med. In fact, this year's start-
ing five seems to refute the theory
that athletes aren't good students.
Two others are in pre-med, one
is in architecture, and the fifth is
an economics major.
In Phi Delta Theta
The fraternity which Miller be-
longs to, Phi Delta Theta, is one
whichi has supplied Michigan with'I
many basketball players. Included
in this list are the elected captains
of the lat two years, plus Rich
Miller, Dale Kingsbury, and. Bob
Brown from this year's squad.
Injuries are always a part of an
athlete's life, and Miller is no
exception. However. in his case,
they have been relatively minor.
He twisted an ankle earlier this
year, but it has strengthened. He
did have his knee heavily taped
in last week's Kent State game.
Strained Ligaments
He explained this by saying, "I
strained a few ligaments in my
knee last summer, and I wore the
tape as a precautionary measure
to relieve the pressure. It's not
bothering me now and I'm not

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