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The Michigan Daily Saturday, March 20, 1982 Page

Western Michigan's Fisher joins

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By BOB WOJNOWSKI

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A prep superstar ...*
and he's only a junior
_HERE IS A HIGH school basketball player from Detroit Southwestern
who possesses in his soft jumper and fierce rebounding some college
program's national championship aspirations. That college may someday
be Michigan but it won't be next season because the player, a 6-5/2, 185-
pound guard, is only a junior. -
The player's name is Antoine Joubert.
The name itself glides smoothly and smartly from the tongue, much as the
quick Joubert glides smoothly down the court. He averages 31 points, 16
rebounds and seven assists per game and is shooting 64 percent from the
field and 79 percent from the foul line. He is generally regarded as the best
player in the state and even now they are calling him a franchise player-
maybe the best to come out of Detroit since George Gervin 11 years ago.
One national scouting service lists Joubert as the top junior in the country,
which means he may be the top senior in the country next year, which means
he has the potential to someday lead someone to the top of the college
basketball world.
"When he's through, there is that possibility," says a man who should
know, Joubert's coach at Southwestern, Perry Watson.
Joubert scored 48 points a week ago in leading the Prospectors to a 78-59
Class A district final victory over Wyandotte. He scored 33 points Thursday
night in Ypsilanti as Southwestern turned back Plymouth Salem, 63-54.
Though he hit just eight of 27 shots from the floor, he drilled 17 of 19 free
throws, and on an off night he scored more than half of his team's points.
So there is no denying the worth of this splendid junior and Michigan head
coach Bill Frieder, who privately drools over Joubert, will say publicly only
what everybody already knows.
"He's definitely one of the top junior prospects in the country," he says.
He is indeed the bonafide high school superstar that has always eluded the
Wolverines. Michigan has rapidly become known as everyone's second
choice-Lew Alcindor, Darrell Griffith, Earvin Johnson and Clark Kellogg
all narrowed their choices to Michigan and another school and all chose the
other school.
At this very moment, Joubert is reportedly leaning to the Wolverines, but
the lure of UCLA, Indiana, Kentucky and e-en Michigan State cannot be
discounted. Michigan may have gotten a blessing in disguise when Patrick
Ford, the 6-5 guard from Detroit Cass Tech, announced last month his inten-
tions to attend Michigan State. Joubert has allegedly said that he will not go
to the school that Ford chooses becauses he wants to step right in and con-
tribute as a freshman. Indeed, he is very specific about what he wants out of
the college basketball program he finally chooses. '
"I want to contribute and play, not just be there," he says.
And it appears that Michigan is going out of its way to make sure that a
guard spot is open for Joubert when he graduates next year. The Wolverines
have yet to recruit a guard and, barring some phenomenal discovery, will
not do so. Frieder has passed up guards Renardo Brown of Highland Park
and Anthony Watson of Detroit Cooley while apparently placing all of his
eggs in the Joubert basket.
But all the teams' scouts and all the local press can't get Joubert to in-
dicate which school he prefers. When asked about conflicting reports that he
was leaning toward Michigan and then toward UCLA, Joubert deftly skirts
the issue.
"Those weren't true-I didn't really say that," he says. "I was just com-
menting on which schools I was interested in."
If Joubert will not tip his hand, as well he shouldn't with still a year to
decide, one can only speculate on Michigan's chances. And one very big fac-
tor that Frieder has going for him is the relationship between Joubert and
Wolverine freshman Leslie Rockymore, a graduate of Southwestern.
"I've been with him (Joubert) since the sixth grade and I've been starting
alongside him ,all the time," says Rockymore. "We're real tight-like
brothers."
Another factor often discussed is Joubert's desire to remain in-state so
that he can play in front of his family and friends. But apparently that is not
as big a factor as Frieder wishes it was.
"It's not my family's decision, it's mine and I think they would support my
decision if I wanted to go out of state," he says.
) or now, Joubert will concentrate on delivering the State Class A title to
Southwestern, and he will continue his quest for it tonight in Ypsilanti when
-the Prospectors take on Ypsilanti. If you happen by, watch him play and
then repeat to yourself, "He's only a junior, he's only a junior, he's only a
junior.. .''

Yl cagfe rs
By RON POLLACK
Western Michigan assistant coach
Steve Fisher has been hired to replace
former Michigan basketball assistant
Don Sicko. Sicko was named head
coach at the University of Detroit
earlier this month. Fisher's hiring was
approved late Thursday night by Athletic
Director Don Canbam.
Fisher has been an assistant at
Western Michigan for the last three
years. Prior to his stint with the Bron-
cos, Fisher coached at Rich East High
School in Park Forest, Ill., where his
teams compiled a 141-70 record.

as assistant
"HE HAS the type of background that
he needs to come into this situation,"
said Michigan head coach Bill Frieder.
"He was a successful high school
coach, and in the last few years he has
been very involved in turning Western
Michigan around. He's a super guy and
he'll do a great job for us. He was the
top assistant at Western and he did a
great job."
At Michigan, Fisher will have a wide
variety of duties. "He'll do
everything," said Frieder.
"Recruiting, scouting, preparation for
the basketball games and all the little
things that go with the job. He'll do the

coach

same things Don (Sicko) did."
Of these responsibilities, Frieder
sounded particularly impressed with
Fisher's ability to recruit. "Fisher has
done a great job recruiting in the state
of Michigan," said the Wolverines'
head coach. "He was one of the people
responsible in getting (star guard)
Walker D. Russell to go to Western.
He'll also help us in Illinois where we
haven't been recruiting well in the
past."
Fisher is currently at the Illinois
state basketball tournament and
couldn't be reached for comment.

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Fisher
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'M' batsmen defeat UTEP, 5-0

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Special to the Daily
EDINBERG, Texas- The Michigan
batsmen posted their second straight
shutout yesterday, when they defeated
Texas-El Paso, 5-0.
The Wolverines scoredrtheir first run
in the third inning. Freshman Ken
Hayward tripled to right field and rode
home on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Jacob-
son. Hayward's triple was the first
fromnany Wolverine batsman this
season.
MICHIGAN added to its lead in the
fifth inning when Tony Evans beat out a
hit to short stop, but was then forced at
second by a Hayward single.
Jacobson then singled to center and
Dave Stober walked to load the bases.
Greg Schulte singled to center field,
scoring both Hayward and Jacobson.
Stober was able to advance to third
and Schulte to second on an error by the
center fielder. The pair crossed the
plate when Chuck Froning singled.
The win, which was Michigan's third
in a row, brings its overall record to 6-3.
The Miners are 17-10.
The Wolverines will continue to play
in the Citrus tournament today when
they meet the host team, Pan American
College.
Firing Blanks

Swvimmers sixth
AUSTIN, Texas- Michigan's women
tankers are in 6th place after three days
of the four-day AIAW national swim-
ming championships. Going into the
final day of the competition, the
Wolverines have 231 points, 320 points
behind the first-place Texas Longhorns
who have 551 points, and 25 points in
back of 5th-place Ohio State.
The Blue tankers got their top per-
formance from Sue Cahill, who cap-
tured an individual national title for the
Wolverines with her time of 4:20.86 in
the 400-yard individual medley (IM). In
the same event, Melinda Copp took fifth
with a time of 4:25.56, and Chris Hodson
finished 14th at 4:32.73.
FRESHMAN tanker Tami Paumier
took another fifth for the Wolverines
with her time of :30.37 in the 50-yard
breaststroke.
Michigan's Vicki Kimball wound up
eighth in the one-meter diving com-
petition with 390.60 points. Finishing
next highest for the Wolverines was the
200-yard medley relay team of Copp,
Paumier, Sue Collins, and Leslie
Beckstein, who took ninth in the 200-
yard medley relay at 1:47.63.
Denise Stuntzner also got a 10th-place
finish for Michigan in the 200-yard
freestyle with a 1:52.03.

LAST NIGHT'S action saw the
Wolverines hang onto sixth place, but
the OSU Buckeyes widened their fifth-
place lead over Michigan to 25 points by
the end of last night, from 10 points the
night before.
Both of the Wolverines' divers, Kim-
ball and Diane Dudeck, qualified for the
finals in the three-meter competition
which will be held on Saturday.
Michigan picked up another pair of
fifth-place finishes on Friday, one by
Paumier who"had a school record
1:04.84 in the 100-yard breaststroke,
and the other by Cahill, who finished
the 200-yard IM in 2:06.02. Second for
the Wolverines in the 200-yard IM, but
eighth in the field, was Copp with her
time of 2:06.92.
MICHIGAN'S 800-yard freestyle
relay team of Collins, Stuntzner, Cahill,
and Beckstein took ninth with a final
mark of 7:34.64-a school record.
The 200-yard butterfly featured two
Michigan swimmers who have been
neck-and-neck in this event in the past.
Stuntzner was a little faster this time
with a 2:03.86, good for 10th place, while
Cahill came in 12th at 2:05.82.
The Wolverines may or may not be
able to move up in the standings as the

competition concludes tomorrow.
However, if they do hold on for at least
sixth place, Michigan head coach Stu
Isaac will have reached another one of
his goals for the year. Isaac predicted
as far back as November 4hat his
tankers could crack the top six at these
AIAW nationals.
Purdue 86, Texas A&M 68
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP)- Center
Russell Cross scored 26 points and
guard Keith Edmonson added 22 last
night as Purdue pounded Texas A&M
86-68 in the quarterfinals of the National
Invitation Tournament.
The Boilermakers, third-place NIT
finishers last year, will play Georgia.in
the tourney semifinals at New York's
Madison Square Garden Monday night.
Bradley takes on Oklahoma in the other
semifinal, with the two winners
meeting Wednesday night for the
championship.
Purdue, raising its record to 17-13 for
the season, squandered a 16-point lead
in the first half as the Aggies' Claude
Riley led a comeback that closed the
gap to seven points early in the filial
period.

Michigan ..................001 040
Texas-El Paso .............000 000
Wayne and Hair'
B. Hathaway. Bartek (5) and Warren.
WP-Wayne (1-1)
LP-Hathaway (1-2)

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SCORES
College Hockey
NCAA Quarter Finals
New Hampshire 3, Michigan State 2
Bowling Green 2, Northeastern 2
College Basketball
NCAA Tournament
Villanova 70, Memphis State 66
Boston College 69, Kansas State 65
NIT Tournament
Purdue 86, Texas A& M 68

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THE CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EAST
Muslim and Christian Roles and Relationships
(THE ANNUAL THOMAS MERRILL LECTURESHIP)
Bishop Kenneth Cragg, PhD, an internationally known English scholar and author, will address the
topic of Muslims and Christians in the Middle East in the context of their respective faiths and his-
tories, and the modern word's challenges.
Dr. Craig has written of "an underlying concern with inter-religious conversations and responsibility in the contemporary
world," noting that interfaith relations must involve "great exchanges of giving and receiving." He emphasizes in his
writings that this developing interfaith relationship must be involved with the world in which religion itself must be
re-discovered, "the world of refugees, of peoples tangled in hostility, of national economies showing ever greater disparity
of wealth and poverty and grim inequality." He observes that "there can be no true converse of religions which does not
bring its issues of faith and worship into the living sympathies of our common humanity" as we struggle for meaningful and
responsible community in the world. He has written that beyond all reading and writing are the occasions of human exchange
and community within and across the frontiers of faith.
PLACES, TIMES AND TOPICS OF DR. CRAGG'S ADDRESSES IN ANN ARBOR
SUNDAY, MARCH 21, The First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 P.M.
(1432 Washtenow Avenue)
"THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM-
The Contemporary Middle East, Zionism, Christians, Palestine"
MONDAY, MARCH 22, The First Presbyterian Church, 9:30 A.M.
"CHRISTIANITY AS A WORLD RELIGION"
An address on the Church's role in the areas of economics,
ethnic, ethical and political dimensions.
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, The International Center, 12 Noon
(603 E. Madison Street)
"MIDDLE EAST: CAN RELIGIONS COOPERATE?"
WEDNESDAY, MARACH 24, The Ecumenical Campus Center, 6:30 P.M.
(921 Church Street)
Supper-Discussion, primarily for faculty
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, Rackham Amphitheatre, 7:30 P.M.
"WHEN MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS MEET-
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