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Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, June 10, 19
3A DRAFT TODAY-GROTE, ROB HOPEFUL
LA L akerslike M's Green

By DON MacLACHLAN
Te longest week of his life ends today for
Michigan basketball All-American gerard Rickey
Green. Alon.g with graduated teammates and
co-captains Steve Grote and John Robinson,
Green will he sitting by his telephone today wait-
ing for a call to come saying he was grabbed
in the NBA draft, which begins at one o'clock.
"I'M REALLY AtXIOUS now," Green said
from his apartment Wednesday. "I've heard a
few rumors but I'm not going for that."
"I haven't talked to very many agents ' they
keep changing their minds during the week,"
Green added. "I'll know this afternoon though."
A lot of the rumors say that Green will be
drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles
Lakers, who pick sixth this afternoon. Earlier
in the week, the Lakers peddled starting guard
Lucius Allen to the Kansas City Kings and the
speculation that Green would be nabbed by the
Pacific Division champions increased.
WITHOUT ALLEN, the Lakers only have Don
Chaney and Earl Tatum in the backcourt. Yes-
terday they peddled guard Johnny Neumann to
the Buffalo Braves for a draf' choice. Needless
to say, they are in dire need of a playmaking
guard.
"A lot of teams in the NBA need that," Green
said. "If I had a choice of what team I could
go to, I'd like to play for Los Angeles - they
have a good team and are in a nice location.,"
"Really I'd like to play anywhere," Green
continued. "They say the NBA is a lot rougher.
I wanna see for myself what the NBA is about."
"RICKEY GREEN is a natural for professional
ball because he has so much talent," said Michi-
gan assistant basketball coach Bill Frieder. "A
lot of pro teams need a quick guard - like LA
for instance."
Indiana center Kent Benson is expected to be
the first cager chosen today by the Milwaukee
Bucks. The Kings choose next and supposedly
have their hearts set on Houston guard Otis Bird-
song. The Bucks hold the third choice, thanks
to a transaction with the Braves. College Player,
of the Year Marques Johnson is the probable
choice of the Bucks.
Washington picks fourth and wants a big man-
either Kenny Carr of North Carolina State or
Tom LaGarde of North Carolina. Phoenix, pick-
ing fifth, likes the looks of Oregon Duck Greg
Ballard, a powerful forward. The Lakers pick
next and from there it is anybody's guess.
"I LOOK FOR RICKEY to go in the first round,

Grote hopefully in the third and John Rob cou
go anywhere from fourth to eighth round," Fri
der said.
"With Grote and Rob you are taking kids th
have been developed through a winning P
gram," Frieder added. "With a team predicate
by defense and teamwork rather than individu
pta',,they can make it and be much more val
able."
"There aren't many kids in the country th,
have had the success of Rob and Grote," t
Michigan assistant continued. "Whether they a
successful depends on which team they
drafted by."
GROTE, A FOUR year starter at guard f
the Wolverines, along with backcourt men R
Williams of Minnesota, Tate Armstrong of Del
Brad Davis of Maryland, Ed Jordan of Rutge
and Mike Gienn of Southern Illinois are expecti
to be tabbed before the afternoon is over wit
Sitting by the hotline with his roommate Gre
will be Robinson - a three year starter at fI
ward who averaged eleven points per ga
during his Michigan career.
"I wouldn't mind going to any team,'' Robi
son said. "I just want to get the opportunity
try and make the team. I'm getting itchi' bet
the phone doesn't ring, it doesn't ring."
CENTERS BOB ELLIOTT of Arizona. w
prepped at Ann Arbor Pioneer, Wayne Rollins
Clemson and Jack Sikma of Illinois-Wesleyan a
sure bets to be drafted early.
Forwards expected to be gobbled up fast i
clude Cedrick Maxwell of North Carolina-Cht
lotte - the team that kayoed Michigan in 0
Mideast Regional - Ernie Grunfeld of Tenness
and Bo, Ellis of national champion Marquette.
Other front-liners include Walter Davis
North Carolina, Joe Hassett of Providence, Edd
Owens of Nevada-Las Vegas and Wesley Cox
Louisville.
ALL-AMERICAN FORWARD Bernard King
Tennessee remains on the hardship list for todi
along with Carr of, NC State. Green, who m
originally on the hardship list last year befo
withdrawing his name, certainly is happy I
played in Ann Arbor this past season rath
than going pro early.
"Sure I'm glad," Green said. "I learned mo
about the game. Being around the game y
learn a lot both on and off the court."
"I've been working out," added Green. "Bi
I will start getting in top shape when I real
find out where I'm going to play pro ball."
It won't be long now Rickey.

MICHIGAN PLAYMAKER Rickey Green goes up for two points
during his final game in a Michigan uniform against North
Carolina-Charlotte in the Mideast Regional finals last March.
Green goes up for grabs today in the NBA player draft which
begins at one o'clock. It is expected that the graduated Wol-
verine All-American will be snatched by the Los Angeles
Lakers in the first round.
By The Associated Press
Penguins hire Wilson
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Pengins have hired John Wilson
as coach. Al Savill,'owner of the National Hockey League team,
will make the official announcement Monday at a news conference.
The Pengins finished third in their division last season and
lost to Toronto in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ken Schinkel reportedly-resigned as coach and took a scouting
job with the team.
Wilson coached the Colorado Rockies last season and also was
coach of Team Canada.
Cav guard up for bids
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers trade that was to
involve guard Jimmy Cleamons is dead, but that doesn't mean he'll
remain with the NBA team.
He is a free agent, available to the highest bidder, along
with 57 other NBA players.
Bill Fitch, Cavs' coach and general manager, tried Tuesday
to trade Cleamons to the Buffalo Braves in a three-way deal that
involved the Milwaukee Bucks as well.
Cleamons led the Cavs in assists last year with 308 but missed
22 games with a groin pull. He scored an average of 10.4 points.
Rockets swap player for picks
BOSTON-Forward John Johnson of the Houston Rockets has
been acquired by the Boston Celtics in exchange for their 1977 and
1978 second draft choices, Celtics general manager Red Auerbach
said yesterday.
A 6-foot-7, 200-pound veteran of seven seasons in the NBA,
Johnson has a career average of 14.2 points a game.
Johnson, who made the NBA All-Star team twice with Cleve-
land, was described as "a player's player" by Auerbach.

Yankees
By The Associated Pre ft
M I L W A U K E E -Don
Gullett fired a four - hitter
through seven innings and Fran,
Healy's two-run single capped a
four-run first inning yesterday.
leading the New York Yankees
to a 10-1 rout of the Milwaukee
Brewers.
Reggie Jackson's two - out
single and stolen base and
Chris Chambliss' single started
the scoring against Moose
Haas, 5-2. After a walk to Car-
los May, another run scored on
a throwing error by Robin
Yount. George Zeber was in-
tentionally walked to fill the
bases, and Healy followed with
his two-run single.
The Brewers filled the bases
with nobody out against Gul-
lett, 5-2, in the bottom of the
first but scored only one run
on Sal Bando's grounder.
An error by Don Money on a
potential double-play ball filled
the bases with none out in the
sixth and two New York runs
scored on a sacrifice fly by
Graig .Nettles and an single by
Zeber. An infield out by Ze-
ber scored the final run in the
eighth.

bottle Brewers, 10-1

Cubs clip
'C H I C A G 0 - Pinch-hit-
ter Jose Cardenal's bases-
loaded bunt in the 11th inning
scored pinch runner Mick Kel-
leher yesterday to give the Chi-
cago Cubs a 1-0 victory over
the San Francisco Giants.
Terry Solgonik and Jody
Applebaum of the University
of Miami blitzed Michigan's
Kathy Karzen and Barb Sel-
den 6-2, 6-0 yesterday in the
consolation doubles at the
AIAW Women's Tennis Na-
.tional Championships in Ba-
ton Rouge. The loss elimi-
nates Michigan from the
tournament and ends its sea-
son.
George Mitterwald led off the
11th with a double off Randy
Moffitt. Charlie Williams re-
lieved and Greg Gross sacri-
ficed Kelleher to third. The Gi-
ants then filled the bases by in-
tentionally walking Ivan De-
Jesus and Larry Bittner before
Cardenal provided his game-
winning bunt.
Relief pitcher Bruce Sutter,

1-1, who has 16 saves, picke
up the victory. Moffitt, 1-.
was the loser.
Braves dance
ATLANTA - Kneickleball
Phil Niekro hurled a four-hitt
and Rod Gilbreath drilltd
three-run homer, sparking I
Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 victo
over the Philadelphia Philli
last night.
Niekro, 4-8, fanned a ci
reer - high 13 batters, inclti
og five. in a row during 00
stretch, and walked only on
All four Philadelphia lii
were singles.
Atlanta scored its rits
Jim Kaat, 1-4, in the fifth
ning. Gary Matthewshoen
with a walk and reached I
ond when third baseman mi
Schmidt's throw was tss e1
for a forceout on a groundet
Vic ' Correll.
SCORES -
BASEBALL
New York X0, Milwaukee1
Boston 7, Baltimore 3
Kansas City 7, Minnesoaiat
Chicago (IML) 1, SnFrancisco
Atlanta 3, PhiladelPhia 0
St. Louis 6, Los Anseles 3

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