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Page 24-Wednesday May 3, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Wolverines chosen early in draft

From wire service reports
Three players from the Michigan
Wolverines were picked in the first two
rounds of the NFL draft yesterday, and
a fourth was taken in the sixth round as
the pro football loop raided the
collegiate ranks for gridiron talent.
Offensive tackle Mike Kenn was
chosen in the first round by the Atlanta
Falcons (13th pick overall) and pun-
ter/defensive end John Anderson was a
first round selection of the Green Bay
Packers (26th pick overall).

taken by the San Francisco Giants in
the second round, and defensive back
Dwight Hicks was chosen by the Detroit
Lions in the sixth round.
The very first pick of the draft was no
surprise, as the Houston Oilers nabbed
Heisman Trophy winner Earl Cam-
pbell. The Oilers were able to draft
Campbell after trading four draft picks
and tight end Jimmy Giles to the Tam-
pa Bay Buccaneers.
Campbell, the Texas star who rushed
for 1,744 yards in his senior year, said
he has reached a tentative contract
agreement with the Oilers and he ex-
pects to sign soon.
Oiler coach Bum Phillips said he is
considering using Campbell as a half-
back, pairing him in the backfield with
Anthony Davis, a running back whom
.National League
San Diego 2, Pittsburgh i
St. Louis 9, San Francisco0
Chicago 5, Los Angeles 4 (10)
American League
New York 4, Kansas City 2
Chicag5, Milwaukee:
NIL. playosff
Boston:3. Philadelphia 2 (OT)
Montreal 5, Toronto:

the Oilers just acquired last week from
Tampa Bay.
NEXT TO GO in the draft was defen-
sive end Art Still from Kentucky, who
was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.
"We're extremely pleased in our selec-
tion," said Chiefs' coach Marc Levy.
"We've made a tremendously thorough
study of the players available and we
believe Art will help us rebuild the
Chiefs' defense to respectability."
New Orleans, with the third pick,
chose wide receiver Wes Chandler from
Florida. The New York Jets then took
Ohio State's tackle Chris Ward, and
the Buffalo Bills chose Oklahoma
State's Terry Miller.
After Green Bay selected Stanford's
James Lofton, two Notre Dame players
were picked: Ken McAfee by the 49ers
and Ross Browner by the Cincinnati
IN ADDITION to Hicks, the Lions
chose defensive back Luther Bradley of
Notre Dame in the first round and
defensive end Al Baker (Colorado
State) in the second round.
The draft resumes today, after
yesterday's six rounds saw 166 players
taken. The most players taken from one
position was wide receiver, and the con-
ference from which the most players
were picked was the Big Eight, with 19.

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his efforts for a third by a leaky
Blue defense that allowed four unear-
ned runs in a 4-2 loss to Purdue.
Benedict's staff was bolstered by the
return of rightly Steve Perry from a
stomach disorder and the junior
responded with five strong-innings last
Sunday. Perry did not receive a
decision, but he impressed the fans and
the Boilermakers with a stretch of nine
strikeouts ina row.
George Foussianes led the hit parade
for the Wolverines with a .363 perfor-
mance that raised his season's team
batting lead to .342. Foussianes, who sat
on the bench most of his freshman yar
while learning Benedict's system, also
leads the team in homers and rbi's
(6, 25), with an outside shot at breaking
Michigan records in both categories,
held by Tiger great Bill Freehan (9 HR,
44 RBI).
The first place Wolverines (7-1 Big
Ten, 16-11 overall) face Notre Dame in
South Bend today before returning
home for another big conference series
with Indiana and third place Ohio State.
McGinnis and Stennett will probably
face the Irish.

Cagers claim four prep standouts

Johnny Orr, Bill Frieder and Jim
Boyce all got off easy this year.
Here it is, only the first week in May,
and Michigan's basketball coaching
triumvirate is already on vacation until
next October.
While most of their colleagues are
still nervously bidding for top-notch
high school talent, the Wolverine hoop
honchos just sit back and rave about
one of their quickest, and potentially
most rewarding recruited classes in
quite some time.
Last Tuesday night, at 1:00 a.m. no
less, Indiana prep star Thad Garner
added his name to the list of future
Wolverines that already included stan-
dout prospects John Garris, Keith
Smith and Cedric Olden. With that, the
elated Michigan staff graciously bowed
out of the recruiting wars, allowing Orr
to retire to a long summer on the golf
Thad Garner
F,6-7, 190
21.2 points, 12.9 rebounds ave.
Gary, Ind. (Bishop Noll)
The signing of Garner, the
Wolverine's top forward prospect all
year long, was like a touch of frosting
on the cake. In speaking of his prize
catch, Orr found it difficult to restrain
"(Thad) is everything we want in a
player.. . a 3.0 (GPA) student, a great
competitor, an aggressive player,
strong rebounder and good scorer. He is
the finest defensive-player I have seen
this season in high school."

Garner was attracted to Michigan by
a variety of factors, the first being what
he referred to as its excellent academic
and athletic national reputation.
In addition, the presence of two in-
dividuals - namely Boyce and Hub-
bard - helped sway the blue-e~hipper
toward Ann Arbor.
"Coach Boyce impressed me very
,John ;arris
F/C, 6-9, 190
30.3 points, 15.6 rebounds ave.
Bridgeport, Conn. (Basick)
much," said Garner from his home in
Gary, Ind. "Even when we were losing
(19-7 last year at Bishop Noll Institute),
he didn't lose interest in me. He would
talk to me after the games and tell me,
'Keep the faith'."
Speaking of Hubbard, the All-
American center coming back from
knee surgery, Garner cannot say
"He's been my idol through high
school. I even wore his number," he
confessed. "He's only 6-7 and he
terrorizes all the big centers around the
league. I think I can learn a lot from
Although the coaches contend that.
Garner has the potential to start next
year, the modest player is taking a
wait-and-see attitude.
"I can't really say. That all depends
on how hard I work and a lot of other
factors. I'm just thankful for the oppor-
tunity to try out."
Another recruit who seems destined
to a future starting role is Garris, a

Bridgeport, Conn., product. If
everything works out right, Frieder can
envision moving Hubbard to a forward,
making room in the middle for the 6-9
Garris is likely to remind Michigan
fans of the outgoing center, Joel Thom-
pson. Like Thompson, Garris has
springs in his legs and specializes in
Keith Smith
G, 6-0, 155
22 points, 14 assists ave.
Detroit (Mackenize)
shot-blocking, averaging an incredible
nine per game last year.
Regardless of whether Garris can
step right into the lineup, Frieder con-
siders his signing as "instant help up
front. He creates plenty of possibilities
and gives us the depth we need."
The two remaining recruits, Smith
and Olden, came into Orr's fold back on
April 12, the first day under NCAA
rules. Smith is the more promising of
the two Michiganders, and is already
looking forward to a big. freshman
"Michigan plays my kind of ball, they
know how to move the ball," said the 6-0
point guard from Mackenzie. "I hope to
make a contribution to the team right
Frieder thinks that Smith has the
ability to do just that, describing him as

a great penetrator, passer and floor
"Keith is as good as you can have in
the transition game (switching quickly
from offense to defense and back),"
said Frieder. "He's the only in-state
guard that we offered a scholarship to."
Big Ten champion Michigan State
was also very interested in Smith, but
the Spartan recruiting effort didn't
match the job done by Boyce.
"Me and Coach Boyce had a good
relationship," said Smith. "The MSU
guy wasn't as close. Boyce treated me
more as a friend, a person, not just a
Unlike the three other new Wolverine
signees, Olden has not received any
national recognition. A first-team All-
State selection, the Highland Park
native specializes in defense.
"He's a Johnny Robinson type of
Cedric Olden
F, 6-6, 190
16.2 points, 12.3 rebounds ave.
Highland Park (Highland Park)
player," said Frieder, "very hard-
working and aggressive."
With the four newcomers joining
returnees like Hubbard, McGee, Tom
Staton and Alan Hardy, the coaches feel
that the Big Ten trophy may well return
to Crisler Arena again next winter.
As Frieder put it: "We're going to
have a great deal of (intra-squad) com-
petition next year. That's why we won
.in '76, and that's why we're going to win

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