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Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, May 7, 1977
Recruits bolster cage attack

The 1977-78 Michigan basketball schedule is a tough
one-including encounters with such perennial powers
as UCLA, Alabama and Louisville.
Coach Johnny Orr and Assistant ('oach Bill Frieder
used the rugged schedule as a recruiting pitch this
year. Wouldn't most high school cagers love to play in
Madison Square Garden and Pauley Pavillion as fresh-
ONLY TWO starters return from the 1977 Big Ten
champs and a fine recruiting year was a 'must-due to
the grueling non-conference games and the always
tough Big Ten battles next winter.
"This recruiting year ranks with some of the better
ones Michigan has had," Frieder said. "Only time will
tell how these kids produce."
The Wolverines signed 6-10 center Mike Robinson,
forwards Mike McGee and Paul Heuerman along with
guards Johnny Johnson and twins Mark and Marty
WITH ROBINSON in the fold, Orr finally has a "big
man" who could allow him to switch junior co-captain
Phil Hubbard to forward-his natural position. B and C
Scouting Service selected Robinson to the Junior Col-
lege All-America first team.
"People don't realize it but Mike is a great player
and hopefully he can give us some immediate help,"
Frieder said.
This past week the coaches signed the "Earvin John-
son of Nebraska"-the 6-5 All-American McGee, a
sharpshooter who can play guard or forward. McGee
is a fine all around player who broke nearly every
high school scoring record in Nebraska.
"McGEE CAN stick the ball in the hole," Frieder
said. "I compare him to Earvin-he's just not as big."
McGee narrowed his choice down to Minnesota or
Michigan, yet he wanted to play close to home-which

could have persuaded him towards Gopherland. How-
ever, McGee,'-who scored over 50 points five times dur-
ing his prep career, helped the Wolverines in two ways
-coming to Ann Arbor and snubbing Minnesota.
"Signing McGee was exciting," Frieder said. "There
nust have been one hundred people outside his house
including firends, media and coaches."
"ORR CAME OUT on the porch and was mobbed by
writers and TV people," Frieder added. "There were
more people there than at a Detroit Tiger game. It
was one of the most fantastic things I've seen. It was
comparable to Earvin signing in this area."
Johnny Johnson, another All-American who can also
swing as either a guard or forward, hit on 60 per cent
of his field goal attempts last season, netting 31 points
per contest.
"In addition to being a great scorer, Johnny can
really pass and penetrate," Frieder said. "He can do
a lot of things with the basketball."
THE BODNAR TWINS signed a month ago and Frie-
der is expecting a lot from the aggressive duo.
"Hey, don't count out the Bodnars," Frieder remark-
ed. "They hustle and knock you over. They pass as
well as any high school players that I've seen."
"They'll be two of the most exciting players Michigan
will have in the next few years,"-Frieder added.
Heuerman, a 6-7 forward from Akron, is probably not
as well known as the other five recruits. The coaches
expect him to continue developing during his collegiate
"WE RECRUITED many players and we don't men-
tion every recruit to the press," Frieder said. "We
recruited Paul all year. He's grown from 6-4 to 6-7, and
he's aggressive like (Steve) Grote. Based on his poten-
tial he will be a great player for Michigan."

While Frieder and Orr were traveling around the
country, the rest of the Big Ten picked up some other
prep stars.
Indiana landed two All-Americans in 6-8 Ray Tolbert
and Tommy Baker. Purdue signed 6-51 Drake Morris
while Iowa nabbed 6-9 Jeff Ruland. Wisconsin picked
up Larry Petty, and James Smith along with Todd Pin
settled on Ohio State.
EARVIN JOHNSON made Michigan State's recruit-
ing year but both Minnesota and Northwestern have
suffered through a poor recruiting year thus far-al-
though many high school stars are still considering the
"The Big Ten is the toughest conference in the coun-
try and will be even tougher next year," Frieder pre-
Including the six tenders given out this year, Mich-
igan now has 15 players on scholarship.
"I'm sure when the season starts our team will con-
sist of 13 players," Frieder said. "You could have a
senior hang it up or put a freshman on junior varsity.
There are all kinds of possibilities."
HUBBARD AND JUNIOR Tom Staton are the only
returning starters, but co-captain Dave Baxter and
Mark Lozier played steady ball all season at guard,
while forwards Joel Thompson and Alan Hardy showed
signs of brilliance also. The six new recruits and re-
turning lettermen will battle for the three vacated
starting spots next fall. Those p. actices which start
October 15 should be quite intense.
"Good competition makes good programs," Frieder
said. "Next year's practices will be very competitive
We have a lot of fine veterans coming back who will
not concede to these younger kids. The young kids will
really battle though."
"It will be an interesting situation to see what de-
velops," Frieder added. "It's a wide open affair."

'M' nine faces Big Ten
survival test on the road

Big Ten baseball races are a
bit humorous. Sometimes it
seems the only winner will be
the rain and irregular schedule.
Consider this spring. Ohio
State, with a 4-0 conference rec-
ord, is the percentage leader,
Special Ta The Daily
shot a one-over-par 73 to lead
Michigan to fifth place after the
opening round of the Spartan
Invitational Golf Tournament at
Michigan State.
The Wolverines team total of
375 puts them five strokes be-
hind leader Ohio State. Indiana
holds second with a 371 total,
followed by Cincinnati at 372 and
Illinois at 373.
John Morgan was right behind
Davis for Michigan with a round
of 74. Frank Sims shot a 75, one
stroke better than captain Ken
Walchuck. Jim Marshall with a
77 and Tim Von Tongren with a
80 rounded out the Wolverine
Detroit 5, Milwaukee I
Chicago 7, Cleveland 5 ,
Minnesota 7, Toronto
aaltimore 4, Seattle I
New York 4, Oakland 1
California 8, Bonston 4
Chiagn 7. Atlanta I

But technically they remain two
full games behind Minnesota,
which has played three times as
many games and has a 10-2
Michigan has been able to
dodge the raindrops often
enough to compile a 5-3 Big
Ten record, putting them
three games behind Minneso-
ta and one behind Ohio State.
If the skies stay clear in the
Midwest today and tomorrow,
some of the clouds should also
be lifted from the conference
situation. Michigan travels to
Ohio State for a doubleheader
today and continues on to In-
diana for two games tomorrow.
The Buckeyes will entertain
Michigan State on Sunday.
"We definitely have some
ground to make up on Minne-
sota," admitted M i c h i g a n

coach Moby Benedict. "But
this is a typical Big Ten race
and we're still very much in
Moby points out that this
weekend will be the first time
Ohio State has played double-
headers on two consecutive
days. The depth of the Buckeye
pitching staff will be a crucial
The Ohio State moundsmen
have certainly been impressive
to this point. Their team ERA
in Big Ten games is 0.96. Last
weekend they shutout Indiana in
both ends of a double dip.
The Michigan mentor will
send Steve Howe and Bill Sten-
nett to the mound in Columbus.
Sunday's p r o b a b l e pitchers
against ninth place Indiana will
be Craig McGinnis and Steve

Tigers out of cellar;
down Milwaukee 5-2
By GARY KICINSKI by Tito Fuentes and Rusty
Special to the Daily Staub's sacrifice fly.
DETROIT - A pair of RBI MANKOWSKI'S two RBI sin-
singles by Phil Mankowski and gles extended his hitting streak
a solo homer by Ben Oglivie to five games, during which he
powered the Detroit Tigers to a has hit .412.
5-2 victory over the Milwaukee The Brewers got both their
Brewers last night. runs in the fifth on Steve Brye's
SCORING TWO RUNS in each first home run of the season and
the fifth and sixth innings, the an RBI single by Sal Bando.
Tigers staked starter Dave Rob- Brewer starter Jerry Augus-
erts to a three-run lead. When tine took the loss to even his
Roberts faltered in the eighth, record at 3-3.
Steve Foucault came on to quiet
the brewing storm. He then re- ROBERTS UPPED his season
tired the side in the ninth to slate to 2-4 while striking out sit
pick up his second save. . in seven-and-one-third innings of
Oglivie's fifth inning home work. The game marked the
run, a 385 foot blast to right- first time this season the Brew-
center, was preceded by a triple ers lost to a southoaw

DETROIT TIGER centerfielder Steve Kemp looks puzzled
during last night's 5-2 victory over the first place Milwaukee
Brewers. Kemp is in a second inning rundown between third
-and the plate. Kemp was out and so were the Tigers as they
moved out of last place and into fifth, ahead of the Cleveland

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