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Page 8-Thursday, January 7, 1982-The Michigan Daily

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Thad Garner 45
SENIOR FORWARD
6-7, 190-Bishop Noll HS, Gary, IN
Co-captain last year along with Paul
Heuerman . . lone captain this season
.. only the third two-time captain in
Michigan history...shows tremendous
hustle and intensity on the court. . . won
the Steve Grote Hustler Award each of
the, last two years . . is being looked to,
to produce more on offense due to the
loss of Mike McGee, Johnny Johnson,
mark and Marty Bodnar and Heuer-.
man, all seniors on last year's squad ...
Eric Turner 25
FRESHMAN GUARD
6-3, 175--Flint Central HS-Flint, MI
This bundle of excitement leads the
Michigan offense from the point guard
position.. . A tremendous amount of at-
tention and pressure has been placed on
the freshman from Flint to turn
Michigan's fortunes around . . . leads
the fast break very well, but must work
on his half-court game according to
head coach Bill Frieder . . . like most
freshmen he mustwork on his defense.
led Flint Central High School to the
state championship last year. A ver-
satile athlete in high school as he was
the football team's MVP at quarter-
back in 1979 in addition to pitching and
playing second base on the baseball
teamv . . Born 2-7-63.
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the Gary, Indiana native is not totally
unfamiliar to the offensive end of the
court, as he was second on the team in
scoring as a sophomore (10.0) and third
last year as a junior (10.1) . . .
nonetheless, his scoring capabilities
have been overshadowed by his 110
percent effort which regularly results
in his crashing the boards, crasing the
floor and even crashing press row ...
last season, Garner led the team in
rebounding ... the 6-7 senior's studies
ar, oriented toward his. goal of
becoming a prison warden some day ...
Born 12-7-59.
Leslie
Rockymore 24.
FRESHMAN GUARD
6-4, 185-Southwestern HS, Detroit
Averaged 28.5 points, 14 rebounds,
five assists, and shot 67 percent from
the field during his senior year in high
school . . . a possible starter at guard
thanks to his outstanding performances
in the pre-season . .. is an excellent,
compliment to Eric Turner . . . Sur-
prised a lot of people when he came off
the bench to score 18 points in
Michigan's opener against Arkansas . .
followed that game up with 13 points
against Eastern Michigan .. . besides
basketball, he played baseball and ran
two years of cross country in high
school . . . may try out for Michigan
baseball team as a third baseman ...
nicknamed "Rock" ... born 2-26-63.
Ike Person 52
JUNIOR FORWARD CENTER
6-7, 208-Barrington HS, Barrington,
IL
Person has seen his playing time in-
crease drastically due to the injury to 6-
11 center Tim McCormick.... Person's
height is much better suited for forward
and as a result he will often be dwarfed
by opposing centers ... Person saw ac-
tion in 28 games last year, during which
time he averaged 1.2 points per game. .
. Frieder says that Person must im-
prove his scoring if Michigan is to find
itself on the winning end of final scores .
..averaged 23 points a game as a senior
en route to earning Chicago Tribune
All-State recognition ... Born 2-10-60.
Leo Brown 20
JUNIOR FORWARD
6-8, 205-St. Peters's HS, Mansfield OH
Will see some playing time with Tim
McCormick and Jon Antonides out with
injuries ... with McCormick and An-
tonides out, Leo is the tallest man on the
Wolverine squad ... has an excellent
outside shot . . . needs to work on
rebounding skills ... scored six points
during his two years with the
Wolverines . . . has become a favorite
with Crisler Arena crowds.,. majoring
in communications . . . led his high
school team to the state finals his senior
year as Ohio's Class 'A' Player 9f he
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MiICHIGAN1

Thad lone,
senior
By BOB WOJNOWSKI
As if to celebrate the start of another
year of basketball, Michigan head
coach Bill Frieder has swept out the old
and ushered in the new-putting
together in the process the youngest
team in the Big Ten this season.
Indeed, possibly never before in the
history of Michigan basketball has a
Wolverine team been so drastically
altered personnel-wise in the space of
just one year. _I
GONE ARE Mike McGee, Johnny
Johnson, Paul Heuerman and Marty
Bodnar, who' collectively comprised 80
percent of Michigan's starting line-up
last year. Gone are the top two reser-
ves, Mark Bodnar, who also graduated
last year, and sophomore Tim McCor-
mick, who more than likely will sit out
the entire campaign with a knee injury.
Departing with-these players is 81 per-
cent of Michigan's scoring output and
60 percent of its rebounding total from a
year ago.
'Donning the Maize and Blue garb this
winter will be four freshmen, five soh-
pomores, three juniors and a lone
senior, making Michigan the Big Ten's
youngest, and not coincidentally, most
inexperienced team. So coach Frieder,
how do you feel about starting ,a new
season with such a youth-laden squad?
"Well you'd rather have a veteran
team, but it's a challenge and that's
what it's all about," he says. "I'm not
going to panic because I know we've got
some good young players."
FRIEDER MAY be calling it

something other than a challenge
before all is said and done. Last year,
Michigan managed just eight Big Ten
wins in 18 outings, and four of those
triumphs were overtime victories
directly attributable to the Wolverines'
wealth of experience. This season,
there will be no such experience to turn
to in the closing moments, save forward
Thad Garner, the team's captain for the
second year in a row. But this is a
potential problem Frieder hopes will
rectify itself as time wears on.
"We've got some kids with leadership
capabilities," he says. "And when they

starters outside of Garner managed
cumulative totals of just 2 9 ppg and 2.4
rebounds per game last season while
playing sparingly.
SO WHAT does all this youth and
inexperience do to - a coaching
philosophy which just last season relied
on experience and court savvy to win
ball games?
"We're going to have to change our
defenses a lot, run when we can, and try
to catch teams off guard," says
Frieder. "We do have quickness, and if
we can rebound and fast break then we
can utilize that quickness"

can utilize that quickness."

The average years of experience column is the average of all players
listed on the roster of each team, with 0 years given for each freshman,
one year for each sophomore, two years for each junior and three

years for each senior.

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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MICHIGAN
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Indiana
Ohio State
Michigan State
Illinois

Frosh
4
5
6
5
4
2
4
3
2

Soph.
5
5
2
1
1.
7
1
2
6
1

Juniors
3,
2
1
4
5
3
3
4
3
3

Avg. Yrs.
Seniors experience
1 1.08
3 1.20
4 1.23
2 1.25
2 1.42
3 1.47
4 1.58
3 1.58
4 1.60
6 2.08

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Iowa
9. Purdue
10. Minnesota

10. Minnesota 2 1~ 3 .6 2.08

gain the experience, they might win an
overtime game or two."
Michigan will likely open the Big Ten
season with.a starting line-up of 6-7
junior Ike Person at center, 6-7 senior
Garner and 6-7 sophomore Dean Hop-
son at the forward spots and 6-3 fresh-
man Eric Turner and 6-5 junior Joe
James at guard. While there is onlyone
freshman in that starting five, that
number is deceiving, as the other three

Indeed, that quickness may be the
only advantage the Wolverines are
liable to have over any given opponent.
But Frieder feels that there may be just
one more edge, an edge inherent in a
youthful team.
"People have labeled our biggest
weaknesses as inexperience and youth,
but we like to think those very qualities
will turn into our biggest strengths,"
says Frieder. "Each of our players

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SOPHOMORE FORWARD
6-7,185-Ann Arbor Huron HS, Albion, MI
Stepped into starting role in the
beginning of the season. .AHometown
player who excelled at Ann Arbor
Huron where he average 23 points and
16 rebounds per outing... Earned third
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