The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 6, 1980--Page 9
CLARKSTON ACE HEAVILY RECRUITED
Michigan high on 6-10 cager McCormick
By DAVE JOHNSON
With tomorrow night's rematch
gainst nationally-ranked Ohio State
quickly approaching, you'd think
Michigan's coaching staff would be
preparing for nothing but the Bucks.
So where were Wolverine coaches
Johnny Orr and Bill Frieder 48, hours
before tipoff? Right alongside Spartan
coach Jud Heathcote and a host of other
prominent college coaches scouting the
high school circuit as they do every
esday and Friday night during the
RECRUITING. It's a tough business.
Even tougher than the actual coaching
itself. It's wherethe top coaches really
earn their money.
Night after night, college coaches are
compelled to scout every one of their
top prospects, or face elimination in the
cut-throat game of recruiting. It's
emotionally draining, but all coaches
accept it as a way of life. Successcul
cruiting is the cornerstone of a top
And as Orr freely admits, "If you
CONGRATULATIONS to Scott M.
Lewis. He is one of the four incoming
senior editors on the Daily sports staff,
but his name was mysteriously' omitted
in yesterday's edition.
n't have the players, no amount of
good coaching will help."
IN RECENT years, Michigan has lost
out on the 'name' player who could
:have made the Wolverines Big Ten, if
not national, contenders; Earvin John-
son, Tim Andree and Clark Kellogg.
'This year, however, appears to be
Michigan's year. In fact, if all goes as
Frieder expects, 1980 could be Orr's
greatest recruiting year since he lan-
d Phil Hubbard, Alan Hardy, Tom
taton and Ricky Green (as a college
transfer) five years ago.
Several prep All-Americans have ex-
pressed more than a casual interest in
Michigan, including Derek Harper
(Florida - guard), Dean Hopson (Ann
Arbor - guard) and 7-2 Canadian John
Antonides (Sarnia -center).
WITH THE graduation of only one.
player this spring (co-captain Mark
ozier) Michigan could be a hell of a
reat in the near future.
he's going to play on the East Coast at
all, it will be with North Carolina.
According to Clarkston athletic direc-
tor Paul Tungate, "Tim is quite im-
pressed with North Carolina head
coach Dean Smith. Not only in his style
of play at Carolina, but with his per-
sonal relationship with Tim's Clarkston
"Not only did Smith speak with Mc-
Cormick," said Tungate, "but he called
each of Tim's teammates by name.
That meant a lot to Tim. He's very
MCCORMICK undoubtedly is being
hounded heavily from all sides,
promised this and promised that.
"We won't make any promises," said
Frieder. "He knows we want him, at
first to get a solid education and,
second, to play ball.
"As far as starting, that's something
he'll have to earn like everyone else
come October. But I'm confident he has
the skills and the attitude to get
anything he wants."
If Orr and Frieder get anything they
want, McCormick will be wearing a
Maize and Blue uniform come Novem-
MICHIGAN'S TOP high school prospect, 6-10-Clarkston center Tim McCor-
mick (40), displays intensity while awaiting a rebound.,.
Although Frieder confirms that Har-
per, Hopson and Antonides have all ex-
pressed an interest in Michigan, he
prefers not to toss around too many
names because "if you forget to men-
tion a player, it really hurts."
One prospect who Frieder will talk
about all day is high school sensation
Tim McCormick. At 6-10, McCormick is
the most sought-after player in the
state since the days of Earvin Johnson.
ALTHOUGH HIS scoring average
has slipped 13 points from his 33-point
average of one year ago, McCormick is
rebounding at the rate of 20 ppg, and
Frieder believes he has improved.
"Clarkston (14-0 and ranked second
in the state) is a darn good team," said
Frieder. "They're certainly not a one-
man team as some people project.
, "The only reason Tim is scoring less
this year is because he's shooting less.
They're a very balanced team."
ALTHOUGH McCormick has played
pivot for as long as he can remember,
Frieder says the prep All-american
would fit in best at forward with
"THere's no question that Tim is very
important in Michigan's plans," said
Frieder last night. "He's big, a great
outside shooter, a good rebounder, a
good passer and quite agile for his
Although Frieder honestly feels that
only North Carolina, Ohio State' and
Michigan have realistic hopes of
signing McCormick, McCormick him-
self chooses to add Iowa, Michigan
State, Central Michigan, and the
University of Detroit to that list.
A PAIR of national powers, Notre
Dame and Duke, have fallen from the
list within the past two weeks. Notre
Dame chose to sign another 6-10 center
instead, and McCormick decided that if
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