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Page Eighteen

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, November 24, 1976

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(Continued from Page 15)
spectively.
In high school Hardy starred
for Detroit Northwestern and
landed unanimous All State hon-
ors, averaging 22 points and 5
blocked shots per contest.
With tie dunking rule rein-
stated, Michigan fans can
count on Hardy to jam a few
through the hoop.
The sophomore from Motown
is happy to be rated high in
various pre-season polls.
"The pollsters must think a
lot of us," says Ha-dy. "We
gotta have a lot of pride and
hold on to our high ranking."
"Alan's arms must be nine
feet long," says Johnny Orr.
"He's just a smooth, easy going
jumper. He floats. He has great
strength and outside shooting
ability."
PHIL HUBBARD (6-7, So., C)
"There's nothing wrong with
playing center, but I'm not the
biggest guy in the world," says
Phil Hubbard. "I've wanted to
play forward for as long as
I've been here."
A prep All-American from
Canton McKinley High School,
Hubbard last year converted

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from his natural forward posi-
tion to play the pivot for Mich-
igan.
He made the transition as
quickly and as well as anyone
could ask. Playing taller and
bigger centers in 29 of Mich-
igan's 32 gams, Hubbard led
the team in rebounding (11.0
ave.) and was second in scor-
ing (15.1 points, .546 shooting
percentage).
Fans need not lament Mich-
igan's inability to recruit a big
man-very seldom is Hubbard
outplayed in the middle. He
may be the quickest center in
the country..
Hubbard will start at center
again, but should see some time
at forward. Johnny Orr feels he
is an excellent forward on of-
fense, but is most effective on
defense at center.
Orr says Hubbard is even bet-
ter this year, partly because of
his Olympic experience, ,but
worries about his tendency to
foul.
"Phil is bigger, stronger, more
confident and active," says Orr.
"I expect him to double the
number of shots he takes this
year. But doggone, he's aggres-
sive. Our one big fear is fouls."
BOBBY JONES (6-6, So., F-C)
"I like the cold weather,"
says G'lfport, Miss. native Bob-
by Jones. "I've gone a lot of
winters wishing for snow on
Christmas and never got it."
(Does Michigan have a built-
in recruiting edge due to its
nasty climate?)
The sophomore forward split
his time between the junior var-
sity and varsity teams last year.
Jones received prep All-
State and All-American recog-
nition as a three year starter
for Gulfport High, compiling
a 110-5 record in that time.
Jones, currently a phys. ed.
major, may transfer into the
school of natural resources.
He'd like to work with kids in
the future.
Big Ten
(Continued from Page 14}
HEATHCOTE has a fine nu-
clets in returning starters Bob
Chapman, Edgar Wilson and
Greg Kelser. But the three stal-
warts have little help. Freshman
Terry Donnelly and junior col-
lege transfer Jim Coutre should
round out the starting five.
"We are an adequate rebound-
ing club," says Heathcote. "But
there are so many areas where
we need improvement. We don't
do anything very well right now.
as a team."
LARRY BOLDEN and Kelvin
Ransey give' Ohio State a fine
backcourt, but the Buckeyes,

Coach Orr t h i n k s Jones'
greatest asset is his strength.
"He's a very good jumper, and
a strong player.
"He's much better than last
year," saysiOrr, "but he has to
become more sure of himself."
BILL LELICH (6-6, Jr., F)
"I figure if I work my hardest
against the good talent we have
at forward, I can do nothing but
improve," says Bill Lelich.
# As a walk-on, Lelich made
the team as a junior after av-
eraging in double figures on the
varsity reserve for two years.
Playing on a highly-ranked
team is nothing new for Le-
lich. 'He was a starting for-
ward for Birmingham Brother
lice when the Warriors won
the state basketball title in
1974.
Lelich lans to earn a B.G.S.
degree with some background
in both speech and business.
LPN LILLARD (6-7, Jr., F-C)
"It's fun playing on a team
Uke this," says reserve forward
Len Lillard. "Everybody's just
plaving together.
"This team can go all the
way, as long as nobody breaks
their leg or something."
The 6-7 natural resources ma-
ior, three years out of Ann Ar-
bor's St. Thomas High School,
looks to a career in water man-
agement.
Lillard was one of the big
reasons why St. Thomas won
the Class D prep champion-
ship his senior year.
A multi-purpose athlete, Lil-
lard also won the Class D high
.jump and placed second in the
shotput that same year.
"He's 100 per cent improved
(from last year)," says head
coach Johnny Orr. "He's a good
basketball player in with some
other pretty good players."
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are woefully weak up front.
Mike Daugherty is adequate at
one forward spot but Jim Elling-
hausen at the other and center
Clance Hammond won't be able
to cope with the Big Ten com-
petition.
At Wisconsin the immediate
outlook is bleak for Cofield, the
conference's first black coach.
Not a single returning player
averaged over eight points per
game.
The former Virginia assistant.
must rely on the development
of center Al Rudd and fresh-
men Arnold Gaines and Joe
Chrnelich.

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