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February 10, 1983-The Michigan Daily

Hitting the deck:

Jokiseb wins playing time
with hustle and floor burns

By JIM DWORMAN
Basketball players, like playing car-
ds, get shuffled around. Lineup
changes, especially on Michigan's
young team, are frequent and players
quickly change from starters to sub-
stitutes to benchwarmers.
Amidst coach Bill Frieder's pre-
season experimentation and the
Wolverines' 2-7 start in the Big Ten,
Paul Jokisch almost got lost in the
deck.
AFTER PLAYING roughly 15 to 20
minutes in Michigan's first half-dozen
games - including a starting assign-
ment against Cleveland State - the
freshman forward found himself en-
trenched on the Wolverine bench, get-
ting only five or six minutes of action
per game.
"He had a stretch there for about two
or three weeks where he just didn't play
very well," says Frieder. "I think a lot
of it was frustration and he also had the
flu for a week."
It is doubtful whether Jokisch really
was frustrated on the court, because a
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frustrated player seemingly would
slack off a little in practice. Jokisch
didn't, and now he's back where the ac-
tion is.
"LAST WEEK was his best week of
practice all year," said Frieder. "So I
played him against Michigan State and
he contributed."
Jokisch did put in nine points in
Michigan's 70-65 loss to theSpartans,
but a far greater contribution than his
scoring was his effort. The 6-8, 230-
pounder's hustle apparently rubbed off
on his teammates and propelled the
Wolverines from a five-point halftime
deficit to a momentary second-half
lead.

But Jokisch's hustle shouldn't be
anything new to the Wolverines. It is his
trademark. It is what distinguishes him
from the other players on the court.
"THE MOST important thing to me is
playing as hard as I can," said the
education major. "I feel that if I'm not
completely exhausted when I'm done
playing, I haven't given 100-percent. If I
play hard, everything will fall into
place."
Or fall to the floor, a spot where Jokisch
often can be found during the course of
a game. The two-sport high school All-
American dives for more loose balls
than the rest of the team combined.
That practice, however, has both its

good points and its bad. Sometimes
Jokisch gets the ball, sometimes he
doesn't. Always, he gets a floor burn.
"They (the burns) don't really bother
me," he said, pointing to 20 or so scabs
on and around his knees.
BUT JOKISCH should be used to
bumps, bruises and friction burns.
Only fourteen months ago he was a
wide receiver for Birmingham Brother
Rice High School's state championship
football team, where his size and speed
(by his own estimate, he clocks at 4.5
seconds in the 40-yard dash), attracted
the attention of Bo Schembechler.
Much to Schembechler's chargin,
however, Jokish had his heart set on

playing college basketball.
"I've always played more basketball
than football," says the West Quad
resident. "Before my junior year I'
wasn't even going to play football. I
was talked into it. But I've just grown to
love the sport."
And his love of football may result in
his playing spring ball for Schem-
bechler.
"Earlier in the year, Bo would say,
'Get dribbling out of your system and
get ready for spring ball," says
Jokisch. "It's a possibility. I don't
know what the future holds. I just like
to compete."
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Go tutors:' M'

CIL

By BARB BARKER
Ever wonder how Anthony Carter
goes to school while he's jetting off to
Florida for contract talks with the
USFL? Or how Michigan baseball
players keep up with classes when they
swing south for two weeks in March?
Or, for that matter, how any University
athlete juggles his studies around prac-
tice and road trips?

The 'M' Club supports an extensive
tutor program aimed at helping those
student-athletes who have trouble
balancing both. George Hoey, the
Athletic Department's academic coun-
selor, said he contracts "between 30
and 40 tutors" to help athletes on both a
one-to-one basis and at study tables at
the Undergraduate Library.
"THE PAY ranges between $5.00 and
hour to maybe $7.50 for someone who's
a TA.," he said. "The funds are chan-
neled through the Athletic Department,
but the program is supported by the
graduate 'M' club. The contributions
are made specifically for the tutorial
fund."
Sue Collins, a former Michigan
swimmer and current exercise science

Good friends will be there
come hell or high water.

graduate student, tutors athletes by
appointment in kines iology and bio-
mechanics. Football players Marion
Body, Butch Woolfolk and baseball
player Bill Shuta are among the
physical education students she has
tutored in the last five semesters.
"These people have to miss a lot of
class because of their sport," she ex-
plained. "They're out of town a lot, and
I try to help them with the class time
that they've missed. I deal mostly with
the older students who know they need
help and that's why they're there."
HOEY SAID most athletes who
receive tutoring have specifically
asked for assistance, but some are
required to seek academic help.
Freshman football players attend a
mandatory study table for two hours a
night, five nights a week at the UGLI,
and the hockey team recently under-
took a similar program:
Senior LSA student Greg Helmer,
who worked as a math and science tutor
at these study tables for a year-and-a-
half, felt the problem was more than
simply missing class time. Football
players Clay Miller and Dave Hall have
been among Helmer's students.
"Some of the athletes that you deal
with need a lot of help," he said. "You
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get a variety, some really want to learn
but some you wonder how they got into
school. They're lacking in skills they
should have picked up in high school. I
can't teach them how to find the square
root of something when they're trying
to work with limits.
"IT'S FRUSTRATING and kind of
sad," Helmer continued. "Some of
these guys are in for athletics, and they
want to find the easiest way out. It's
sad because 98-percent of them will get
out of school and have to find a job other
than athletics. Sometimes I feel kind of
helpless."
Some of Helmer's helpless feeling
could be relieved by the new NCAA
ruling which sets minimum standards
that incoming freshman athletes must
meet. High school students must score
a 700 total on their SATs and achieve a
2.0 grade-point average in a core high
school curriculum in order to be eligible
for athletics and athletic scholarships.
Hoey, however, indicated that the
new ruling would not have a great im-
pact on Michigan athletics.
"On the terms of just GPA's and test
scores, less than one percent of the
athletes we have here now would not be
here if that ruling had been in affect.
before," he said. "On the basis of the
core curriculum clause, I can't say.
I'm not really sure."
leer Grade
suspended
By CHUCK JAFFE
Michigan hockey player Jeff Grade,
missing from the team's lineup against
both Michigan State and Northern
Michigan, has been suspended from the
team according to coach John Gior-
dano. Other sources close to the team
said -that Giordano kicked the
sophomore center and wing- off the
team.
"It's an intra-team thing, and we're
not talking about the causes," Giordano
said yesterday. "We want to handle it
as a private matter."
Grade, a center from Warren, had
scored five goals and two assists before
the suspension. He was unavailable for
comment about his condition with the
team.

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