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Tuesday, Junle, rW

Britt awaits selection
as NBA draft starts

From Wire Service Reports
Michigan's small senior for-
ward, Wayman Britt, will find
out how the pros assess his
chances of adjusting to the
backcourt as the NBA holds its
annual draft today.
Britt, the Wolverines' 6-2
captain and four-year starter,
is the only Michigan player up
for the draft. According to most
observers, he will go in the
middle to late rounds.
Britt was already selected
in the 13th round of the Na-
tional Football League's draft
by the Washington Redskins,
though he has never played
organized football.
In draft developments yes-
terday, the Houston Rockets
obtained the first choice of the
draft in a startling five-player
trade with the Atlanta Hawks
and announced they would use
it to pick guard John Lucas of
the University of Maryland.
The Hawks had won the No. 1
selection of the draft in a coin-
flip with Chicago and had been
expected to select seven-footer
dissolve
Ito merge they are going to
have to buy the Kentucky fran-
chise," Vance said. "I don't
think we've gotten to the point
to say what procedural steps
would be taken to distribute the
players."
The Louisville Times reported
on the meeting in a front-page
analysis story in its late edi-
tions. It said the Colonels and
the ABA are dead, for all prac-
tical purposes.

Robert Parish of tiny Centena-
ry College in Shreveport, La.
Parish averaged 18 rebounds a
game.
Instead, Atlanta had a
draft-eve change of heart and
swapped the opening pick to
Houston, along with center
Joe Meriweather, guard Gus
Bailey and the Rockets' No,
1 draft pick - ninth in the
first - round selection rota-
tion.
Lucas, regarded as a perfect
pro-size guard at 6-4, was the
all-time leading scorer at
Maryland, averaging 20 points
a game since he was a soph-
omore.
Other plums available in
Tuesday's draft include a pair
of All-Americans, Scott May of
Indiana, the college Player of
the Year, and Adrian Dantley
of Notre Dame. Both were
picked last week for the United
S t a t e s Olympic basketball
team.
Lucas, Parish and Leon
Douglas of Alabamna, another
likely first-round pick, all de-
cided to pass up the Olympic
trials rather than jeopardize
their draft standing or risk
any chance of injury.
Other top prospects for the
draft include UCLA teammates
Richard Washington and Mar-
ques Johnson, who both de-
dlared themselves available
through the NBA's hardship
draft, Wally Walker of Virginia,
Ron Lee of Oregon and Quinn
Buckner of Indiana, another
Olympic team selection.
After Houston picks Lucas,
Chicago owns the No. 2 choice.
Kansas City picks third follow-
ed by Detroit. Then the first-
round draft rotation continues
with Portland, Buffalo, Mil-
waukee, Golden State, Atlanta,
Phoenix, Seattle, Philadelphia,

Washington with two straight
choices, Cleveland, Boston and
Golden State, again, in that or-
der.
Bernard King of Tennessee
and Maurice "Bo" Ellis of
Marquette were among 11
players to withdraw their
names yesterday from the
so-called hardship list.
The nine others withdrawing
their names - and leaving 18
players on the list - were
Wayne "Tree" Rollins of Clem-
son, Arnold Dugger and Antho-
ny Roberts of Oral Roberts,
Ray Williams of Minnesota,
Rickey Green of Michigan,
Alonza Bradley of Texas South-
ern, Wilson Washington of Old
)ominion, Hollis Vickery of Il-
linois Valley Community Col-
lege and Johnny Jones, former-
ly of Purr High School in Hous-
ton.
A m o n g draft - eligible un-
dergrads are Adrian Dentley,
Notre Dame; Marques Johnson
and Richard Washington, UC-
LA; Johnny Davis, Dayton; and
Lonnie Shelton, formerly of
Oregon State.
TWINS ARE HAPPY
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (A) -
The Minnesota Twins are
pleased with their 1976 Ameri-
can League baseball schedule.
They are to play 53 of their 78
home games between Memorial
Day and Labor Day, the peak
drawing period. The Twins have
only two games listed before
April 24.
SHORT or LONG
HAIRSTYLES TO PLEAS
DASCOLA
STYLISTS
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MICHIGAN SENIOR CAPTAIN Wayman Britt in action this
past season. The 6-2 guard is eligible for today's NBA draft.
Four teams vote to
ABA merger With ri

LOUISVILLE (o'-Four of the
six American Basketball Asso-
ciation teams have decided in
a secret meeting in Chicago to
pay $4.5 million each to enter
the rival National Basketball As-
sociation, G e n e r a I Manager
Dave Vance of the Kentucky
Colonels said yesterday.
Vance said the Colonels and
the Spirits of St. Louis voted
against the move to disband the
ABA and merge with the NBA
and that the other four teams
agreed to buy out the Colonels
and the Spirits, who were sup-
yosed to resume operations in
Jtah next season.
"I have talked with (ABA
president John) Brown, and
he told me that the position
actually is we have declined
to go along with the other
teams in the ABA under the
current terms and conditions
which have been outlined to
us with respect to a possible
merger," Vance said.
Those terms, he said, include

provisions for four ABA teams
to pay $4.5 million each to the
NBA to join it.
"If at the meeting of the NBA
next week, if they say they
want four ABA teams at the
price that has been quoted, then
Kentucky will not be included
among the four," Vance said.
"At that point in time the other
four ABA teams would have to
buy out the Kentucky franchise
and the Utah franchise."
The four teams which want
to join the NBA, Vance said,
are the Denver Nuggets, New
York Nets, Indiana Pacers
and San Antonio Spurs.
He said Kentucky decided not
to go along with the merger
idea because "it's just not a
very realistic approach to our
way of thinking.
"We don't know yet that the
NBA is going to go along with
this," Vance said. "If they
don't go along there will still
be an ABA.
"If the other four teams want

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