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Page 10-Thursday, April 10, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Mcigan signs four area cage recruits

Everything went as expected yester-
day as the Wolverine basketball team,
under new head coach Bill Frieder,
signed four area prep stars on the first

day national letters of intent could be
inked. But the big question of the day
was not answered as Derek Harper of
West Palm Beach, Fla., kept college
recruiters at bay by delaying his an-
nouncement a week.
All-American center Tim McCormick
tops the list of four signees which also
includes 6-6 forwards M.C. (Tony) Bur-

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the top 12 centers nationally.
Harper, rated as the top strong guard
in the nation, is one big fish left in the
pond that Frieder hopes doesn't get
"Without Harper it has been a good
recruiting year," said Frieder. "If we
do get Derek it will then become a great
year for us."
THE ADDITION of Harper to an
already superb recruiting class would
give the Wolverines perhaps the finest
take of prep stars of any college in the
nation. Thelast great recruiting year
the Wolverines had was the signing of
Phil Hubbard and Rickey Green, which
led to the finest two Michigan teams of
the decade.
Frieder was in Florida at the begin-
ning of the week talking with Harper
once again because the 6-4 guard was
expected to make his decision yester-
day, but Frieder said that Harper is
delaying his announcement for about
one week.
"Derek's one of the most sought after
players in the nation. When I saw him
this week he gave strong indications
he's coming to Michigan. Every time I
see him, he says he's coming here, but.
then I can never get him to sign
anything," Frieder said.
There is reportedly a lot of local
pressure on Harper to stay in Florida.
has already signed one of Harper's high
school teammates to a football scholar-

'Tim McCormick, left, and Derek Har-'
per are two faces Wolverine basketball
fans would like to see together on the
court next season.t
ton III and Dean Hopson and 7-2
Canadian center Jon Antonides. All
four had previously signed Big Ten let-
ters of intent to join the Wolverines.
MCCORMICK (Class A from
Clarkston), Hopson (Class A from Ann
Arbor Huron) and Burton (Class B
from Grand Rapids Catholic Central)
were all-state selections this season.
McCormick was rated in the to three or
four strong forwards prospects
nationally, while Hopson was in the top
12 quick forwards and Antonides was in

Daily Photo by DAVID HARE
ANN ARBOR Huron's Dean Hopson is shown last night at Thano's Com-
pany signing his national letter of intent to attend Michigan on a basketball
scholarship next year. Pictured from left to right are Harold Simons (coach
at Huron), his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hopson, Kim Key, a friend of
the family, and Hopson.
ship. Harry Gosier, a 6-1, 190-pounder, A semi-finals and a 26-1 record and had
was signed by the football staff as a a reputation as a solid team player. He
linebacker. averaged 25 points and 18 rebounds per
Dave George, writer for the Palm game, in addition to six assists a con-
Beach Post, said, "Gosier's a really test.
good all-around athlete but the feeling The other big man, Antonides, from
here is that he was signed as another Sarnia, Ont. "has a lot of potential b
way of getting to Harper." he hasn't played against the tou
Frieder said that Harper is the only competition," said Frieder. "But he's 7-
recruit Michigan is still interested in 2, he can run and shoot and in time he
even though it could sign six because of can develop into a player."
the loss of transfers Keith Smith and Hopson came tb Huron after an all-
John Garris. state year for Class B Albion in his
THE FOUR that have signed *should junior year. The lean and quick forward
help out during the next campaign said could also play guard for the
Frieder, "but sometimes people expect Wolverines according toFrieder.
too much from a freshman. They're all HOPSON WAS hampered by injuries
fine prospects and we hope they can at Huron and missed over 10 games but
push the older players so we can im- still averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds
prove as a team." per game. He was also a third-tea
The biggest thing about the recruiting Parade Magazine all-American.
class of 1980 is the height - more of it The fourth recruit, Burton, was the
than any other Michigan recruiting top player in Class B this year and is the
year and at a time when Michigan was son of former Michigan basketball
lacking a big man, great M.C. Burton. The elder Burton
"From the standpoint of size and dep- was captain of the 1959 basketball team
th, McCormick's a good one for us to and is one of the top rebounders in
get," said Frieder. McCormick is rated Michigan history.
as the best big man out of Michigan sin- The younger Burton, "plays a lot like
ce Tommy LaGaurde and Bruce Thad Garner did in high school,"
Flowers. Frieder said. "He's a strong rebounde
McCORMICK, a two-time all-stater, and an excellent shooter, and I thin
led his Clarkston team to the state Class he'll surprise a lot of people."
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