The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 3, 1982-Page 13
Tarpley's inside moves.. ..
. . really are smooth"
By JIM DWORMAN
N INE AND a half minutes into Michigan's 71-66 victory over Central
Michigan Wednesday night, Wolverine center Roy Tarpley, who posted
low on offense, leaned over and grabbed a loose ball on the right side of the
lane. The 6-10 freshman looked to his right, the natural maneuver for a right-
handed shooter, but saw no daylight. The Chippewas' Glenn Cross blocked
the path to the basket.
That didn't stop Tarpley.'
He quickly spun to his left, jumped over teammate Paul Jokisch, who had
been knocked to the floor, and flicked the ball softly toward the basket.
The ball bounced gently off the rim, up off the backboard, and down on the
front of the rim, where it hanged
for a moment before falling back
through the net.
In a word, it was smooth.
But Roy Tarpley is "Smooth."
At least that's the nickname
given to him by his high school
coach, Randy Ziegler of Detroit
Cooley. And it's an aptly given
Tarpley personifies smooth-
ness on the basketball court. Hi
movements are fluid. His
shooting touch is soft. He appears
graceful asche sprintsdown the
court on a fast break. His shot
blocking seems effortless.
He doesn't look like a player
who only two years ago sat on the
bench of his high school team. i
If Michigan's first two games T arple
are any indication, however,
Tarpley won't see the bench too ... 'smooth'
often this year. He opened his college career with a 12-point outing against
Windsor and followed with 17 versus Akron and eight against CMU.
Most of his points come from inside, where Tarpley scores almost at will.
Turnaround jumpers, finger rolls, layups, tip-ins and dunks account for
many baskets, but the principle weapon in his arsenal is the hook shot.
"It's hard to get blocked and I don't like getting blocked," says Tarpley.
"That's why I like the hook."
A hook shot.
When was the last time a Michigan center took-and made-a hook shot?
It's been a long time, for in recent years the Wolverines have not carried a
true center on their roster. Not one capable of battling inside with the
behemoths of the Big Ten, anyway.
Whether or not Tarpley can survive the elbows of Purdue's Russell Cross
or Minnesota's Randy Brever remains a mystery, but with the skills he
possesses and works to improve (or "perfect," as he puts it), Tarpley could
develop into the best center in modern Michigan history.
But so could've, no, so can Tim McCormick.
The 6-11 junior, who missed his entire sophomore season while recovering
from knee surgery, finally shows signs of becoming the jump-shooting
strongman everyone expected him to be. It shows in his intensity.
Against Central, McCormick repeatedly posted low on offense and refused
to give ground to the Chippewa centers, who tried in vain to force him away
from the basket. McCormick wanted the ball and wanted it badly. He waved
his arms frantically for the ball but his teammates would not feed it to him.
"The guards were shooting well, so they kept the ball, which is fine," said
So he said, but the grimace on his face displayed his disappointment
when Den Pelekoudas would fake a pass inside before pushing the ball out to
McCormick wants the ball underneath the basket. He wants to go strong
to the hoop. The only question is, "Can he go strong to the hoop?"
His timing and shot are still off, the result of his long lay-off, but if Mc-
Cormick regains them he'll provide the muscle needed to compete in the Big
If not, Michigan will have to rely on finesse at center. And with Tarpley
providing it, finesse just might do the job.
By KARL WHEATLEY1
Here's the scenario: Sheri Hyatt is1
the head coach of the Michigan
women's gymnastics team, the defen-
ding Big Ten champions. Her squad
only lost two tumblers to graduation,
had a fairly good recruiting year, and all
the returnees have another year of ex-
On the eve of Michigan's season
opener today at Eastern Michigan
against EMU and Kent State, she was
asked about Michigan's chances to
repeat as Big Ten champions. "We'll
have to wait and see," Hyatt simply
resonded. "I'd say that Ohio State
would be the favorite at this time."
Even though Ohio State may have
had the best recruiting year of any Big
Ten schools, the nature of gymnastics,
not the Buckeye freshmen, is probably
the maii factor in Hyatt's cautiousness.
Michigan won the Big Ten title last
yer with a score of 140.95, just edging
MSU's 140.10 points. It's a finesse sport
where every little slip, every
movement, is incrediblysimportant.
Winners and losers are often decided by
half a point or less.
Leading the Wolverines in trying to
set to invade
By PAUL RESNICK
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team is going east.
Coach Newt Loken will take Milan
Stanovich, Dino Manus, Steve Schein-
man, Rich Landman and Kevin McKee
to Washington D.C. for the All-Around
Classic. All five will compete in every
event with the top three scores in each
event comprising the team score.
MICHIGAN will compete against
Southern Connecticut, Temple, William
& Mary, Georgia and James Madison.
Loken said Southern Connecticut and
Temple were perennial Eastern and
Even though the Wolverines face
strong competition, Loken said that "it
looks encouraging for a good
(Michigan) team score."
He then went on to explain the reason
for his optimism. The scoring system
at the Washington tourney is identical
to the one used in the Bronco All-
Around Clasic held three weeks ago in
Kalamazoo. Michigan finished second
among eight teams in that comnpetition.
Loken also feels the team may have
improved since the beginning of the
year. "We're fivemeets into the season
now," he said, "so hopefully our
routines have solidified somewhat."
He'll know for sure after this
pick up those half points will be Kathy v
Beckwith, the team's top all-arounder, '
and the defending Big Ten vault cham- o
pion. Last year at the Big Ten cham-L
pionships, Beckwith was one of four a
Wolverine tumblers who finished overf
34.00 in the all-around.t
The other gymnasts in the category,
all people who are key to the tumblers' S
success this season, are sophomore
Dayna Samuelson, junior Nancy
Papows, and sophomore Christy Sch-
Schwartz is currently out of action r
opener - -
with stress fractures in both legs, but is
expected back in about a month. Also
on the injured list are sophomore Sue ROSE iOW L
LoBuglio, freshman Carla Culbertson, Flights to Los Angeles
and top frosh recruit Terri Shepherd from $284
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ter because of the return of senior
Angela Deaver,sophomore Andrea from $309
Scully, and Patty Ventura. Ventura is Flights Confirmed
back from a car accident last year.
As for today's opponents, Hyatt was
noncommital. "Kent State is
rebuilding, and you never know what
will happen with freshman," said the
tumbler head coach. "And Eastern is
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Riding a strong finish, the University
of Michigan women's swimming team
defeated Toronto, 79-43, last night in
Michigan was behind 33-28 but in the
last four races its swimmers placed fir-
st -and second. The Wolverines were
wjthout its top three divers.
"I WAS pleased that we were so
strong at the end," said Michigan coach
St4I Issac. "We had a chance to use
everyone, though our stronger swim-
mers were used a bit more than I had
Denise Stuntzner and Melinda Copp
ed the Wolverines, each winning two
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