TheMichigan Daily Wednesday, March 3, 1982 Page 8
Carter rises above doubts
By RON POLLACK
Pessimists probably don't like
Michigan freshman basketball player
Willis Carter, for whenever they have
doubted him in the past he has proven
During most of Carter's senior year
at Detroit Murray-Wright High School
last year, Michigan showed little in-
terest in recruiting him. "He wasn't
playing that well, and then he got in-
jured," said Michigan head coach Bill
Frieder about Carter's final prep
season. "So we didn't know his status."
BUT WHEN last season's state tour-
nament had reached its conclusion,
Carter had led his team to a second-
place finish. Suddenly the Wolverines
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were interested in Carter.
"We weren't recruiting him before
the state tournament, but when he star-
ted playing well in March and we lost
out on some kids (high school recruits)
Willis became important to us," said
Carter, on the other hand, decided
that he wanted to attend Michigan
before the state tournament ever took
place. ."I had Michigan in the back of
my mind from the beginning of my
senior year in high school," said Car-
ter. "I wanted to go to Michigan. It's
home, and I thought I could get some
IT IS ON THE subject of playing time
that Carter was doubted for a second
time. When he chose Michigan, very
few people would have believed that
of whether he could start a game as a
freshman, skepticism of another sort
still exists. The addition of an excellent
crop of front court freshman next
season, along with the return of Mc-
Cormick and Antonides would seem to
place Carter's future status on the team
up in the air.
"I thought about that for a second,
but I decided to put the team ahead of
myself," said Carter. "Basketball
means a lot to me, and the second you
start worrying about something else
you start losing your game."
BOTH CARTER and Frieder believe
that the Detroit native's playing status
is less up in the air than people may
think since he will have an advantage
over next year's freshmen.
"The freshmen will go through the
'We weren't recruiting him before the state tournament,
but when he started playing well in March and we lost out
on some kids (high school recruits) Willis became impor-
tant to us.'
-Michigan basketball head coach Bill
Frieder on Willis Carter
Carter would be capable of starting any
games as a freshman, and sharing this
opinion was Frieder.
"At that time, he was just going to be
a freshman in our program with a lot to
learn," said the Wolverines' second-
Carter, however, never doubted that
he could start a few games this season.
"I did think I could start a couple of
games as a freshman," he said. "I
knew that it would be tough, but I
decided that I was just going to go for
it." This optimism proved to be well-
founded, as he has started in home
games against both Ohio State and In-
CARTER WAS in the starting lineup
of those two games for a number of
reasons according to Frieder. "I think
Willis has improved and we had the in-
juries to (centers) Tim McCormick and
Jon Antonides," said Frieder. "We've
been inconsistent in that front line spot,
so we've started people at that spot
depending on the lineup thrown at us by
the opposing team."
Although Carter has removed doubt
freshmen problems just like I did this
year," said Carter. "Experience
takes time, and I'll have frbm freshman
to sophomore experience.
"In the beginning, this season I didn't
know a lot," he continued. "Now that
I've learned those things, I can work
toward them. The biggest adjustment
that I had to make early on, was what it
feels like to play Big Ten basketball.
It's one thing to watch it, but another to
be out there. It's a different at-
"WILLIS HAS a better chance than
the freshmen because he's been in the
system," said Frieder. "He knows he'll
have to work hard over the summer,
because he knows how hard it will be
when he comes back."
Does he ever.
"I know it's going to be my duty to
play basketball two or three times a
day this summer," said Carter. "I'll
put that.work in. Last sumer I only
played one or two times a day. But
some days this coming summer I'm
going to play all day long."
Having overcome skepticism twice
before, Carter certainly sounds intent
on doing so one more time.
Daily Photo by KIM HILL'
MICHIGAN'S WILLIS CARTER (no. 15) fires a jump shot over his opponent.
Although Michigan did not recruit Carter until late in his senior year of high
school, he chose to play for the Wolverines and has started in two games this
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