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By Billy Neff
Michigan basketball...
*.* 'Avis'once more
Once again, a Michigan sports teams' efforts have come up short -
How many times has Michigan gone to the Rose Bowl and come up
short? Before the three consecutive Rose Bowl setbacks, the Wolverines
were stymied en route to the Rose Bowl four times in a row. It is no different
with many other Michigan sports teams, who always seem to fall short of
their goals - face it, Michigan is a bridesmaid in the collegiate sporting
world, the Avis of college sports.
A basketball recruiting battle was waged recently and once again, the
results were the same7 Michigan came in a close second.
Clark Kellogg, one of the most highly sought after high school basketball
players in the nation, narrowed his college choice down to Ohio State and
Michigan. Rumors were flying both ways but if you know University of
Michigan sports, the decision was predictable. Kellogg affirmed my beliefs
yesterday by opting to matriculate at OSU.
The case had been the same with Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Darrell
Griffith, the Doctor of Dunk from Louisville, freshman sensation Dwight
Anderson of Kentucky, leading scorer Wes Matthews of Wisconsin, leading
Michigan high school player Tim Andree who went to Notre Dame, South-
west Conference standout Rudy Woods of Texas A&M, and center Bruce
Flowers of Notre Dame - they all had narrowed their choice down to
Michigan and the school they chose, before deciding against Johnny Orr's
Look at all the big men who got away. Can you imagine Johnson and
Griffith on the same court with Kellogg and Phil Hubbard? These dreams
just boggle the mind! But they were just that (dreams) because they all did
get away.
If you're looking for a reason why this occurs, maybe we can look at the
head man himself. Johnny Orr is a very nice man, no one doubts that. But if
you were a college basketball star and you could play for Bobby Knight,
Digger Phelps or Johnny Orr, who would you play for? Orr just does not
seem to have the same luster as the first two.
Isiah Thomas, an Indiana recruit, had this to say about his mentor to be,
'Knight. "Coach Knight is the best coach and the best person for me ... he
will make me reach my potential," said Thomas.
Do you ever hear those things about Orr? The man doesn't seem to ex-
cite as much interest as Knight or Phelps, nor does his program. When Mike
McGee came here, he spoke of the way Michigan played basketball, not that
Orr was going to make him reach his potential.
And speaking about Orr's program, the program is on a down-swing.
Three years ago, the program had reached its apex with a berth in the NCAA
finals opposite Indiana. Many onlookers believed, Orr had established
(Michigan with the likes of Kentucky, Notre Dame, UCLA and North
Carolina. And if he hadn't, that was the year to do it. '
One way to establish a national program is to bring in top flight recruits.
Who did Orr bring in that year? Mark Lozier. Lozier is fun to watch, but not
exactly what you would call your blue chip prospect.
After finishing No. I the following year in the polls at the end of the
season, it was another crucial recruiting year for Orr. With its six scholar-
ships, Michigan secured McGee, Thad Garner, John Garris, the Bodnars
'and Paul Heuerman - not exactly your best recruiting year. This' all amoun-
ts to the fact that Orr does not attract the top players and he is now working

The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 13, 1979-Page 15
Etterbeek shoots for NCAA title

As far as Big Ten titles are concer-
ned, Jeff Etterbeek is a man who has
Etterbeek, in his third year as the
Wolverines' number one singles player,
has accumulated one second singles
title and one first singles title, not to
mention three consecutive number one
doubles titles.
This adds up to five championships in
six tries,and going by his past track
record, Etterbeek is a good bet to rack
up two more when this year's Big Ten
Tournament rolls around in May.
But this spring, Etterbeek is setting
his sights on prizes more valuable than
another Big Ten title: All American
status and a possible NCAA singles
title. Currently ranked number ten in
the top 50 collegiate rankings, he owns
wins over both the number one and
number two ranked players, Andy
Kohlberg of Tennessee and Erick
Iskersky of Trinity. Blue Coach Brian
Eisner said of Etterbeek's chances,
"There are a dozen guys who have a
chance to win and Jeff's one of them."
The prospects for Etterbeek have not
always looked so rosy, however. During
his sophomore and junior years he
struggled with the mental aspect of his
game. Last year's NCAA tourney did
little to help Etterbeek's confidence.
In the tourney, the top 16 seeds
receive All American status. Etterbeek
had the good fortune to be seeded 17th.
On top of that, he had to play another
seeded player in the first round aid lost
a three-set match 7-5 in the third set.
The final injustice was that his doubles
partner Matt Horwitch rebroke a bone
in his foot, forcing the duo to default in

the second round of the doubles tour-
Close matches had always been a
bugaboo for Etterbeek until this year.
"As a junior, I lost a lot of matches in
the third set, said Etterbeek. "I
couldn't win the close ones. A mental
block formed."

mind what a good tennis player he is,"
said Eisner.
"In my sophomore year, I didn't get
the experience," noted. Etterbeek.
"Last summer enabled me to be put in
these (pressure) positions. I started to
win some of those three setters. It's a
matter of winning the big points, and
playing mentally tough.
The turn-about was complete, accor-
ding to Eisner, when Etterbeek notched
the wins over Kohlberg and Iskersky
this fall in Louisiana, players that Et-
terbeek had previously lost to in close
One slight problem Etterbeek cannot
avoid at this year's NCAA tourney is
the type of court surface he will have to
play on. The courts at the University of
Georgia are fairly fast, not conducive to
his backcourt style of play. "I don't
play particularly bad on a medium-fast

court, but I'm not comfortable on a
really fast surface," commented Et-
"I don't feel that comfortable at the
net. I've improved my serve and volley
game, but not as much as I would've on
faster courts," he added, alluding to his
practice time on the very slow courts at
the Track-Tennis Building.
Eisner has said "that to be a totally
good player, you have to stay away
from the bad losses. The toughest thing
is to beat the players you've beaten
before." So far this year, Etterbeek has
done that, in addition to his wins in the
Louisiana competition. Naturally, Et-
terbeek is hoping for a-top 16 seeding in
the nationals, and he is cautiously op-
timistic ab'out his chances.
"It's very equal. I've had wins over
people that will be seeded, but the year
is not over yet."

Jeff Etterbeek

"It's frustrating. I can count six mat-
ches during my sophomore and junior
year that I lost 7-6 in the third. Lately,
I've been winning my share."
The turning point came last summer
while Etterbeek was competing on the
Missouri Valley Circuit against a mix-
ture of amateur and professional
players. He finished the season in four-
th place and "reinforced in his own




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with a weaker program.
After a successful year, a good college
program must benefit from its season and nab
top college prospects. Ohio State's program, un-
der Eldon Miller, collected Kellogg after
finishing second in the Big Ten. Indiana, after its
NIT victory, gathered in Thomas, rated the best
college guard in the nation. And DePaul, after
the third place finish in the NCAA tourney, tab-
bed the top two big men in Chicago.
Another reason for Michigan's losing out
fans. There is such a marked difference between


could be the Crisler Arena

MILWAUKEE - Jim Dwyer's first
American League hit, a two-run pinch
single with two outs in the ninth inning,
lifted the Boston Red Sox to a 12-10 vic-
tory over the Milwaukee Brewers
Loser Reggie Cleveland, third of five
Milwaukee pitchers, walked Jim Rice
to start the ninth and Carl Yastrzemski,
who had hit a grand slam homer in the
seventh, followed with a single off Jerry
George Scott then bunted past Bill
Castro, the third Brewers pitcher of the
ninth inning, and beat it out to load the
bases with none out. Jack Brohamer
then grounded to Castro, who started a
double play by way of home plate.
Dwight Evans was walked intentionally
to reload the bases, and Dwyer followed
with a line single to left field.
Yankces 5, Baltimore 0
BALTIMORE - Graig Nettles and
Chris Chambliss cracked successive
home runs to ignite a five-run New
York burst in the second inning, and the
Yankees defeated the BAltimore
Orioles 5-0 yesterday behind Tommy
John's three-hitter.
Nettles, who went 6-for-13 in the
three-game series with six runs batted
in, connected off Mike Flanagan, 1-1,
after a leadoff single by Reggie
Jackson. Two pitches-later Chambliss
John, 2-0, allowed only one hit after
easing out of a bases-loaded jam in the
first. After Al Bumbry's leadoff single
in the third, he didn't allow another
baserunner until Rick Dempsey walked
to open the eighth.
Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis I
PITTSBURGH - Dave Parker and
John Milner each drove in a run with an
extra-base hit as the Pittsburgh Pirates
snapped a three-game losing streak
with a 3-1 victory over the previously
unbeaten St. Louis Cardinals yester-
Pittsburgh scored two runs in the six-
th off John Denny, 1-1. Omar Moreno
drew a leadoff walk and scored on
Parker's triple to left field. Milner
followed with a double down the right
field line.
'St. Louis' only run off winner Don
Robinson, 1-0, came in the fourth, when
Keith Hernandez hit his second homer
of the season, a towering shot into the
right field stands. Robinson finished
with a seven-hitter.

Giants 4, Padres 3
-SAN FRANCISCO-Darrell Evans
slammed a two-run homer and Bob
Knepper and Dave Roberts scattered
six hits as the San Francisco Giants
beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 yester-.
Evans' home run came in the fourth
inning off starter and loser Eric
Rasmussen. The home run, Evans' first
of the year, followed a single by Jack
Clark and raised the Giants' lead from
1-0 to 3-0.
Knepper pitched the first 7% innings
but was relieved by Roberts in the
eighth when he walked two. Roberts got
the final out in the eighth and picked up
his second save of the year by pitching
a scoreless ninth.
Toronto 9, Chicago 7
CHICAGO-Rick Cerone's three-run
homer capped a six-run eighth-inning
rally yesterday to lead the Toronto Blue
Jays to a 9-7 victory over the Chicago
White Sox.



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the enthusiasm generated in Bloomington, Indiana, and that clatter in
Crisler. Athletic Director Don Canham could be partially at fault for this, as
most of the students are a long way away from the court.
One problem I think the Michigan basketball program suffers from is
that it is not on target with its recruiting prospects. Too often, Michigan
thinks it's a national program, and they just haven't established the
tradition yet. Their chances occurred two and three years ago, and they
missed out.
"When you recruit against UCLA, Notre Dame, Kentucky and North
Carolina, they are very tough to beat on any kid," remarked Michigan
assistant Bill Frieder.
In the case of Dwight Anderson, Frieder had this to say. "They (Ken-
tucky) have many advantages over us - their basketball dorm, they're
clearly a basketball school, and they have a strong tradition in basketball,"
added Frieder.
Too often, Michigan fights against local schools - Magic stayed in his
home town and went to State, Griffith stayed in Louisville, Woods went five
miles from his home to Texas A&M, and Kellogg stayed in his home state.
Instead the Wolverines should have looked right on their home turf, in
their own state, at the likes of Jay Vincent, Minnesota starting guard Trent
Tucker, last year's Big Ten leading rebounder William Mayfield and Stuart
House, the starting center from Washington State. Andree believes in this
theory. "They may have passed up a lot of talent right in the state," said the
Notre Dame recruit.
This.past year, Michigan was off-target again as both Thad Garner and
John Garris were called key cogs to be in the program. When you hear about
this year's recruits, take in what is said with a grain of salt, because the
Wolverines do not assess their recruits very accurately.
I can't wait until the next recruit is called a "John Garris-type reboun-

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