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F-riday, August 6, 1 9 /6


Poge Eleven

Pistons get Marvin Barnes

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The Chicago
Bulls, as expected, selected
Artis Gilmore as the No. 1
choice in the National Basket-
ball Association's dispersal
draft yesterday, leaving the
Portland Trail Blazers to pro-
vide all the surprises.
Only 30 minutes before the
draft the Trail Blazers traded
veteran high - scoring guard
Geoff Petrie and Steve Hawes
to Atlanta for the Hawks draft
After Chicago paid $1.1 mil-
lion for the dominating 7-foot-2
Gilmore, Portland went for 6-9
forward-center Maurice Lucas,
Gilmore's teammate on the
Kentucky Colonels. Three picks
later, after KansasdCity se-
lected Ron- Boone and Detroit
took Marvin Barnes, both of St.
Louis, Portland used its own
No. 5 choice to take 6-10 won-
der boy Moses Malone, also of
St. Louis.
P O R T L A N D paid
$300,000 for Malone and $300,-
000 for Lucas, a total of $650,-
000, the second biggest payout
by a team in this bargain sale
of talent.
A closer look at the new addi-
tions of the Blazers makes it
difficult to disagree with Port-
land Executive Vice President
Harry Glickman when he said,
"I think with these acquisi-
tions that up front we're as
good as any team in the NBA,
talent-wise and depth-wise.'
Lucas and Malone join cen-
ters Bill Walton and Larue

Martin and forwards Sidney
Wicks, Lloyd Neal and probab-
ly rookie Wally Walker, who
has not yet signed a contract.
The Bulls had made it known
for some time that they would
select Gilmore.
Simon Gourdine, deputy NBA
Commissioner, before conduct-
ing the draft, made it clear to
all the clubs an investigation
into rumors that Gilmore had
some type of heart problem
were without substance.
THE PISTONS got Barnes
despite the New York Knicks,
who had made it known that
they hoped to select him. In-
stead, they had to cettle for 6-10
center Randy Denton of St.
Louis-Utah. The price was $50,-
Barnes, 6-9, was a two-time
ABA All Star with two-year
scoring and rebounding aver-
ages of about 24 points and 13
rebounds a game.
At $500,000, Barnes was the
second highest - priced player
in the draft of players from the
Kentucky and St. Louis fran-
chises of the American Basket-
ball Association.
Guard Mike Barr of St.
Louis-Utah was the only other
player selected in the three-
round draft. He was chosen by
Kansas City in the second
round for $12,750, a 15 per cent
reduction from his original $15,-
000 price tag because he was a
second-round choice.
IN ALL, $2,832,750 was paid

for the 12 players with two-
thirds of the money going to
the ABA to take care of its ob-
ligations to ABA players and to
cover the Kentucky and St.
Louis debts. The other third
goes to the NBA teams that
gave up earlier draft rights to
those players selected.
Players in the draft but not
chosen were Steve Green, Fred-

die Lewis, Barry Parkhill and
Mike D'Antoni, all of St. Louis,
and Johnny Neumann, Allen
Murphy, Jimmie Conner and
Jim Baker, all of Kentucky.
The telephone draft, con-
ducted by NBA deputy commis-
sioner Simon Gourdine, was
still another step toward com-
pleting the merger agreement
between the NBA and ABA for

the coming season.
Gilmore, of course, was the
big prize. A 26-year-old former
Most Valuable Player in the
ABA, he made the All League
first team each of his five sea-
sons and the first defensive
team the three years of its ex-
istence. He averaged 24.6 points
and 15.3 rebounds a game last
season with 205 blocked shots.

Sugar Ray Leonard, left, the 20-year-old boxing gold medalist and captain of the U.S. boxers
at Montreal has been named the defendant in a paternity suit filed by his 19-year-old girlfriend,
Juanita Wilkinson. See story below.

Ray Leonard sued for child
support, may scratch college

Leonard, the gold medal-winning
captain of the U.S. Olympic box-
ing team, is the defendant in a
paternity suit filed as part of a
crackdown on welfare cheaters.
The suit was disclosed yester-
day, after the 20-year-old Leon-
ard had been feted by friends
and officials of Prince George's
County, Md., a suburban county
adjoining the nation's capital.
Leonard was notified of the
suit in his Palmer Park, Md.,
home by a Washington Star re-
porter who wrote that he took
the unexpected blow like a
Leonard was told that his 19-
year-old girlfriend, Juanita Wil-
kinson, whose picture he wore
in his right boxing shoe in Mon-
treal, applied for welfare for
her illegitimate son and she
had to tell authorities who the
father was so they could deter-
fine whether Sugar Ray is, in
fact, the father and whether he
can provide for his support.
Eli Silverstein, a s s i s t a n t
state's attorney for the county
said, "Our responsibility is to
represent indigent mothers of
children to establish the father-
hood of their child in order to
get support."$
Leonard appeared shattered
by the news, according to the
"Things arescoming at me
so fast," he said. "The kids
look up to me and if this thing
blows up in my face, it will
destroy me. I wouldn't want
the kids to look at me and see
me in different images. But
life comes in all ways and
angles. You have to take the
bitter with the sweet."

Leonard recalled how he had
met with the county executive
Winfield M. Kelly and agreed
to his request to take the Prince
George's County flag with him
to the Olympics. He unfurled the
flag after winning a preliminary,
publicizing the county seal on
national and international tele-
"Here I bring out the flag for
Prince George's County, for
Maryland. I gave them their
share of happiness and glory,"
Leonard said. "And what do I
get? A paternity suit.
"All I can say is I'm sorry. I
wish it hadn't happened at this
particular time. I wish it had-
ha+ne'ned earlier."
Kelly went to Leonard's gold-
medal bout on July 31, two

days after the county govern-
ment had filed the petition for
paternity in the county circuit
court and two weeks after
Leonard's girlfriend had sign-
ed the paternity petition.
"No, I didn't tell him," Miss
Wilkinson said. And, she added,
she never asked Leonard to
provide support for their 2-year-
old son, "Little Ray," of whom
Leonard admits: "Yes, he is my
Leonard and Miss Wilkinson
school sweethearts, had a fall-
ing out about four months ago,
they said. Then she went to the
Olympics to see him, at his
family's request, and things ap-
narently have been patched up
between them, although neither
has said they will marry.

Directors and Designers
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is now seeking applications for diree-
torsand designersfor our 1976-77 Season: Sonmer ani Smoke,
October 20-24; Little Mary Sunshine, December 15-19: Spofford
(H. Shusmlin), January 26-30; Brigadoon, April 20-24; Anastasia
(M. Murette), May 12-18. we are looking for experinced stage
directors, inusical directors, and swene costume, prop and light-
ing designers. Interested individuals need not be morubers o
AACT nor residents on AnntArbor we invite anyone with an
interest in these positions is send a resum~e is AACT, PO3 00x
1993, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, or call 662-7282 or 665-0063 tor
further information.
AACT pays honorara io all directing and design sttaff.
Note: we hope to bold interviews tr director tsr Sommer and
Smoke on August 0, 1976. Persons intreseid in directing ibis
show should contact AACT betore August 7 to arraiige for an
appointment. All other positions will be interview(,(i in early
September; tinal deadline for all opications is september
0, 197..
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
PO Box 1993, Ann Arbor MI 48106

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