THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, November 17, 1970 1
C gers aim
for conference crown
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By AL SHACKELFORD
There's no s e n s e beating
around the bush: Michigan's
1970-71 cagers are exploding
with talent and will shoot for
the Big Ten championship and
"We have an excellent chance
of winning the Big Ten title,"
says Wolverine head basketball
coach Johnny Orr.
Michigan returns five letter-
men and a flock of exciting
sophomore prospects to form
what is probably the most tal-
ented group of basketball play-
ers Ann Arbor has seen since
the Russell - Buntin - Darden
Lining up in starting posts
are forwards Rod F o r d and
Henry Wilmore, center Ken
Brady and Dan Fife and Wayne
Orr labels Wilmore and Ford
"the quickest set of forwards
around." Ford is a 6-4 senior
from Hammond, Indiana who
averaged 14.5 points and over
seven rebounds a game last sea-
son, in addition to being "the
best defensive player on t h e
team," according to Orr.
As indicated by his rebounding
stats, F o r d is an exceptional
jumper who can go up with tall-
er men and pick off rebounds
Wilmore is the kind of player
who sends sportswriters scurry-
ing to the dictionary in search
of superlatives. Orr says he "has
the qualifications to be a super-
A 6-3%/ forward-guard, Wil-
more hails from New York City
and led Baby Blue scorers last
year with a 23.1 mark, hitting
an individual high of 34 against
the Michigan State frosh. He is
a jumping-jack like Ford and
pulled down 10.6 caroms a game
for the frosh while alternating
between guard and forward.
Working inside is Wilmore's
forte, and this is where he will
score most of his points; his
outside shot, while accurate,
has not been particularly im-
pressive in the past.
Wilmore stands out due to his
exciting style of play: he moves
the ball behind his back, be-
tween his legs, and through a
tangled mass of players faster
than a frightened deer. The re-
sult of Wilmore's maneuvering
is usually the same: two points
In the pivot for the Wolver-
ines is 6-9 Ken Brady from Flint
Central. Brady sat out last sea-
son on academic probation and
the layoff, says Orr, "has had
some effect on him."
"Ken h a s been inconsistent
in practice," comments Orr,
"but he shows tremendous signs
of really doing .it. He h a s a
wonderful touch but has to be
a little more aggressive."
Whether Brady comes through
or not is v e r y important to
Michigan. His size and scoring
power are needed in the line-
up, especially due to Michigan's
lack of size at the forwards and
the exceptional size of Wolver-
Dan Fife, a 6-2 senior, cap-
tains Michigan this season and
will direct the offense from his
backcourt post. Fife is, a sea-
soned performer, having start-
ed for the past two seasons, and
Orr is looking to him as a "key
"Fife is very important to us,"
says Orr, . "especially on o u r
The hustling guard averaged
13.2 points a game last year and
was tough on the boards, grab-
bing almost six rebounds a
Hot-shooting Wayne Grabiec,
a sizable 6-6 customer, occu-
pies the other backcourt posi-
tion. Grabiec swished through
57.6 per cent of his shots from
the field last season as he main-
tained an average of 4.6 points
Orr cautions that his starting
backcourt " is not quick a n d
could g i v e us trouble on de-
"If things don't work for us,"
says Orr, "our first move will
be to put Wilmore in the back-
court." This move would give
Michigan's backcourt both more
speed and additional heighth.
Michigan's second f i v e is
pushing the first team h a r d.
Ernie Johnson a 6-8 soph is a
very quick big man and averag'-
ed 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds
a game last year for the Michi-
gan frosh. He "could break into
the starting lineup," according
Pushing on Fife and Gra-
biec for a starting guard spot is
Dave Hart, a 5-8 junior who saw
occasional action last year. Al-
so available to p 1 a y either a
guard or a forward post is 6-4
senior Harry Hayward, a strong
player who turned in some good
relief performances last season
and compiled a scoring average
of 2.6 a game.
Another guard with good po-
tential is 6-31/2 Leon Roberts,
who averaged twelve points a
Henry Wilmore drives the middle
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game for the Baby Blue last
Additional depth in the front-
court will be provided by 6-5
John Lockard a n d 6-6 Steve
Bazelon. Lockard is another of
the talented graduates of Will
Robinson's basketball school at
Detroit Pershing and plays like
a man 6-10. His great leaping
ability and scoring (13.9 a game
for last year's frosh) make him
a definite threat to crash into
Michigan's starting five.
Other performers on the Blue
varsity this year are Larry Rea,
a 6-1 sophomore guard f r a m
Bay City; Greg Buss, a 5-101/2
guard from Frazer; and 6-5 sen-
ior center Tim Nicksic.
Orr sees this year's team as
"strong in the fundamental
things." The team's lack of size
could be remedied, says Orr, by
moving either Johnson or Lock-
ard to forward and sjipping
Wilmore back to guard; b u t
Orr doesn't "think anyone will
dominate Henry and Rod on
"We'll be improved on defense
this year," adds Orr, and points
to the lack of quickness in the
backcourt as the only apparent
defensive deficiency of t h e
As he looks to the upcoming
season, Orr emphasizes Michi-
gan's rugged early schedule and
says, "We can't get down if we
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"BEST BLACK SHOW IN TOWN!"
do lose those games." The Wol-
verines will battle Notre Dame,
Kentucky and Duk e in their
first three games of the season.
Considering their abundant
talent, Michigan shouldn't have
to worry too much about losing;4
a bigger task may be following
the act of Michigan's great foot-
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Another team has shown its true colors as the cowardly beauro-
crats of sgc chickened out last weekend, bowing to existing weather
conditions and the threat of utter destruction at the hands of he
mighty Libels, who now have seen their last two opponents recon-
sider and refuse to play. "Who do they think they are," fumed the
Libel mentor, Eric "The Red" Siegel, "Letting a little snow stop a
The real losers, however, were the Libels, who now have been
forced to turn down a bid to the Toilet Bowl, an annual game held
in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After being forced to sit out the last two
weekends, the team has lost its fighting edge, and would be hard
pressed to get up enough for such a big game.
But the readers still have one more chance, as there is one las*
week left fo'r them to get their predictions in and win a tasty Cottage
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2. Illinois at Iowa
3. Northwestern at Michigan St.
4. Indiana at Purdue
5. Minnesota at Wisconsin
6. Yale at Harvard
7. Miami (Fla.) at Syracuse
8. Kansas State at Florida State
9. Kansas at Missouri
10. Oklahoma at Nebraska
Louisiana State at Notre Dame
Baylor at Southern Methodist
Arkansas at Texas Tech
Colorado at Air Force
Stanford at California
Oregon at Oregon State
Southern Cal at UCLA
Maryland at Virginia
Pitt at Penn State
Grambling at Southern U.
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