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Page 10-Tuesday, April 11, 1978-The Michigan Daily
CAGERS EYE DETROIT PRODUCTS:

Recruiting days are here again

By HENRY ENGLEHARDT
Tomorrow is the first day colleges may
sign high school students to basketball
tenders. It is 95 per cent sure that
Michigan will sign Keith Smith, a 6-0
guard from Detroit Mackenzie, accor-
ding to his high school coach.
Michigan would also like to sign Rob
Gonzalez, 6-7, 200 lbs., from Detroit
Catholic Central. Gonzalez' status is not
as sure as Smith's.
HOWEVER, THE TOP two prospec-
ts, the keys to this recruiting season,
are John Garris, 6-8, 190, from
Bridgeport, Conn. and Thad Garner, 6-

7, 180, from Hammond, Ind., according
to Michigan assistant coach and chief
recruiter Jim Boyce.
Both Garris and Garner have visited
only one school- so far and that is
Michigan. Both have said Michigan is,
top on their list and Garris has already
signed a Big Ten letter of intent with'
Michigan.
Both Smith and Gonzalez were first
team All-State selections. Boyce
described Smith as "sensational. He
has the potential to start," he added.
Smith averaged 21 points and nine
assists in his final high school season.

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Gonzalez is still considering offers
from Michigan State and Detroit and is
expected to announce his plans soon. He
averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds a
game. He hit 56 per cent of his shots
from the field, many from long range.
GARRIS HAS pivot potential because
of his great leaping ability. Boyce com-
pared his jumping talents with those of
Joel Thompson.
Garris is planning to visit Las Vegas
and Hawaii before announcing his
plans. His stats read 29 points and 17
rebounds a game his senior year. He
runs the hundred in 9.7.
Boyce pulled into Ann Arbor at 4 a.m.
Monday after spending time with Gar-
ner and his family in Hammond. Sur-
prisingly he looked rested and relaxed
despite his travels and the fact that
tomorrow is rapidly approaching.
Garner led his high school squad in
every offensive category this past
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season and is also known as a fine
defensive player. He averaged 28 points
and 15 rebounds a game and will play in
four all-star games in the next few
weeks.
He plans visits to Drake, Marquette
and Indiana before deciding, says his
high school coach. Boyce claims In-
diana is no longer in the running and
that the top competition is Drake, a
small, private school in Iowa.
GARNER IS NOT expected to put off
his decision much longer, and his coach
added that he is still leaning toward
Michigan.
If. the Wolverines get Smith, Gon-
zalez, Garris and Garner then Boyce
feels it would be a better recruiting
year than last season.
As for Walker, D. Russell, brother of
former Michigan star and current
Cleveland Cavalier player Campy
Russell, Michigan is still recruiting
him, but his academics are in question
and Michigan State seems to have the
upper hand.
Michigan may still offer tenders to
flint Northwestern's Trent Tucker or
Cedric Olden of Highland Park. Rudy
Woods, the 7-1 center from Texas, lists
Michigan as his number two choice.
Woods lives but five miles from the
Texas A&M campus and is likely to sign
with them

Wounded 'A'nine
battle Ms. Fortune
By BRIAN MARTIN
Moby Benedict has had a lot of trouble with women since he brought his
baseball team back from Florida on March 12.
First of all, Mother Nature kept the team in the dugout for 26 days before
permitting them to split a doubleheader with Bowling Green last Saturday.
Today's schedule calls for a doubleheader at Tolep, but the forecast also
calls for rain.
And now, Lady Luck is frowning on four of Benedict's key players - All-
Big Ten centerfielder Rick Leach, power hitting first baseman Bob
Wasilewski, and starting rotation pitchers Steve Perry and Craig McGinnis.
Leach spent Michigan's home opener on the bench with his left arm in a
sling. According to team trainer Dan Campbell, Leach injured his elbow last
>{ Wednesday as he went to get up from his living room chair after watching
some television. His injury is diagnosed as an inflamed elbow, which tran-
slates to swollen and sore.
"We have no ideawhen he'll be back," Campbell said. "His left arm is
swollen and painful, so we're going on a day-to-day basis.
Another day-to-dayer is Wasilewski, although he did perform as
designated hitter for both games against the Falcons. Wasilewski pulled his
hamstring during the Florida excursion and re-injured it again last week.
Time is perhaps the best prescription for the senior first baseman.
"There is a lot of psychology with baseball players," Campbell said. "A
small injury can turn into a chronic injury and thus the player doesn't per-
form well."
No one is certain about the extent of Perry's injury. The right-hander (1-
0, 5.54 ERA this spring) complained of stomach pains last week and Benedict .
believes it to be an ulcer. He returned to workouts yesterday for the first
time since the Florida trip, but is being watched closely by his doctors.
The least serious on the hurt list is southpaw Craig McGinnis (2-1, 3.50).
He developed a blister on his \middle finger while pitching in Saturday's
nightcap. He should be able to play soon.
Benedict plans to start righthanders Bill Stennett and Tom Owens, in
today's games at Toledo.

Softball nine
a big hit in
home debut
By DAN PERRIN
There were no stands and only a han-
dful of fans, but that didn't bother the
woman's softball team, the newest ad-
dition to the Michigan sports scene.
Ferry Field came alive as the Maize
and Blue fast-pitch squad pulled out an
exciting 1-0 victory over Grand Valley
State College in their first-ever home
game. The second game of a scheduled
doubleheader was called off in the first
inning due to rain.
The Wolverine women launched their
initial season this past weekend with a
pair of wins in Evanston, Illinois. The
Blue nine opened with a 7-2 victory over
Northwestern behind the strong pit-
ching of freshwoman Shelly Piilo.
The women's winning ways continued
as they demolished Chicago State 10-
on the strength of a 13-hit attack
featuring three each by Ann Slade and
Teresa Gardocki.
Gardocki, the winning pitcher in
Saturday's nightcap, was the key again
yesterday as she shut down the Grand
Valley offense. The tall, trim junior
permitted only five hits while walking
two and striking out one in gaining he
second victory of the season.
Although Michigan could only
produce a mere three hits, it 'was
enough to hand Bulldog hurler Ann
Hyde the loss. Wolverine rookie Bkenda
Venhuizen made sure of that with a
clutch triple in the fifth, knocking in
third baseman Roberta Zahl with what
proved to be the winning run.
"I was pleased with the whole team,"
asserted Gardocki, failing to praise her
own performance. "When we made
some errors, we didn't give up. We took
advantage of the breaks."
"I'm not used to fast-pitch so I'm just
glad I got a hit," quipped the equally
modest Venhuizen. "I like to contribute
to the team."
Grand Valley Coach Ann Rancourt
defended her team's loss. "This was
our first game of the season," she ex-
plained. "Playing on an all-grass in-
field was different. I was satisfied with
our defense but Ae just didn't hit."
On the third base side of the field,
Michigan Coach Gloria Soluk was
elated as she saw her squad run its
season record to 3-0.
"I love close games," exclaimed
Soluk. "It was a very interesting and
exciting game to watch."
Coach Soluk and the woman sof-
tballers travel to East Lansing today to
play a 3 p.m. doubleheader against the
Michigan State Spartans, last year's
state college champs.
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