Page 10-Wednesday, March 16, 1983-The Michigan Daily
After suffering through one of its
worst seasons in history in 1981-81,
the Michigan basketball team boun-
ced back from a 7-20 record to post
a respectable 15-13 mark. Although,
the team did not earn a tournament
berth, the future is bright for
Michigan, which has three blue-chip
recruits committed for next season.
Daily sports writers Larry Freed and
Jim Dworman, checked in with
coach Bill Frieder for some com-
ments on the past season and the
future of the Michigan basketball
Daily: You had a specific list of goals
posted in the locker room and you didn't
accomplish too many of them. Do you
still consider the season a success?
Frieder: Well, I'm disappointed we
didn't get into a post-season tour-
nament. If we'd gotten into a post-
season then I'd have been satisfied.
However, we had a key injury, at a
crucial time, that took a lot out of us.
After losing those five games right in
that period, I thought we did a good job
of recovering and coming back. I think
you can look at it in a lot of ways. It's a
very young team that only won seven
games a year ago and now they won 15.
From that standpoint, it's a great suc-
cess. On the other hand, from not being
able to finish higher in the Big Ten to
not getting into a post-season tour-
nament, it's a disappointment. We also
wanted to beat what we felt were the
bottom three teams in the conference
twice. If you're ever going to be any
good in this league, you've got to beat
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the bottom teams regularly. Well, we
split with them - so that wasn't good
enough. Losing to Wisconsin up there
was a crucial loss. But we wanted to
beat all the Michigan teams and we did
fairly well on our goals on that. But we
didn't make it to the tournament.
Daily: How much did Rockymore's
injury hurt the team statistically?
Frieder: Well, I'll tell you what.
When Kitchel got hurt for Indiana they
dropped a few games right away.
Although they did recover faster than
we did, but they had many more ex-
perienced veterans. If you take the
second best player off of any team ...
it's going to have an effect on the team.
And when we lost Rockymore, it was at
a position where we could least afford it
and it took us a while before we could
determine a line-up that could win
without him. I think if we went to the
format we went to the last nine games
with right away, we might have beaten
Illinois and Michigan State. We lost
those games in the stretch because our
guards got tired, but later on that got
corrected. That was a key injury and
the thing we've done now is that we
recruited well enough, so that if we
have an injury at the guard position
we'll be much better prepared to handle
Daily: After the injury to Rockymore
do you now regret not recruiting
Frieder: No. I think that would have
affected our recruiting this year. It
could have affected us getting Antoine
... there were good guards in the state
this year and if we recruited one last
season we would have had trouble get-
Daily: You always made it a point to
caution everyone not to be too op-
timistic about the freshman. Now that
the season's over, how would you
evaluate their performance?
Frieder: I was hoping that one or two
of them would have emerged sooner as
a more consistent player. Henderson
looked like he was going to do that in
December. He played really well there
against Detroit and in the Toledo tour-
nament - against Oklahoma State -
and then he had an up and down Big Ten
season. But, like I've said so many
times, to think that they're going to do
it, to expect them to do it, is wrong
because you know from experience it's
a very tough year for them, a very
tough transition. I think they all had
bright spots, they all helped us at one
time or another. And I think they all got
better. Now is a crucial time in their
careers because now they have to work
in the summer to improve their skills,
to improve their weaknesses, and to
become more consistent players if
they're going to play. Now they're at a
point where they're either going to get
it done or they're not. I think you'll see
great improvement in most of them
when they come back next year ...
When you compare what our freshman
did ... Take a look at a Tony Campbell
as a freshman, a Bob Hansen as a
freshman, or a Kitchel or a Wittman as
a freshman. Or a Randy Breuer as a
freshman. Maybe take a look at the All-
Big Ten team and Derek Harper as
freshmen and compare what they did
then with what our guys did this year.
They fare fairly well. That's a good sign
and that's why you have to remain op-
timistic with them. But now they have
to go out and improve themselves.
Daily: Were you happy with the up-
Frieder wanted A. C.
Now that the season has been
completed, Bill Frieder has let the
cat out of the bag on his secret
weapon - Anthony Carter.
If the USFL's Michigan Panthers
had not signed the three-time
Wolverine grid All-American, he
might have been shooting the ball
instead of catching it following the
"Bo Schembechler and Don
Canham aren't the only ones upset
with them. I'm upset with them,"
said Frieder. "Anthony Carter was
my ace in the hole, because after the
Rose Bowl I thought he would be out
for basketball, and especially with
Rockymore's injury we would have
gone out and gotten him."
If things do not work out for Carter
in the USFL maybe Michigan
baseball coach Bud Middaugh will Carter
be asking him to trade the pigskin in . .basketball star?
perclass improvement - mostly Mc-
Frieder: There's no question that
Tim is the most improved player. He
just got better and better and better and
better because he worked at it. He's
coachable and he spends extra time
working on the things he has to work on.
And I think now that he's confident that
his knees are ok, which he wasn't last
October, so now the sky's the limit. He
can do many more things this summer,
including running. He didn't run at all
last summer. And that'll get his legs
stronger and that'll make him a much
Eric Turner has to develop consisten-
cy. He had some great games and some
horrible games. If he's going to be a
great player he's got to eliminate the
horrible games. I think the fact that he
knew he was going to play all the time,
not consciously, but maybe subcon-
sciously, you don't work quite as hard.
But now, with guards coming in, if he
has a bad game or two he's going to sit.
And that has got to spur him on to be a
more consistent player.
Daily: What did you think- of the
Frieder: I liked it. I don't think it
helped us that much, but I hope they
adopt it nationally, because it adds a lot
of excitement to the game. The fans like
it; you can come back on a team
Daily: Do you think the team was
lacking mental toughness (missed lay-
ups, dry spells).
Frieder: I think that's young guys,
inexperience and I think that's lack of
mental concentration. Our mental con-
centration and mental toughness is not
good. And you have to be mentally
tough to be successful at this level of
play. Conditioning is part of it and just
not being detracted by anything is
Daily: It seemed as if the freshmen
were gun shy.
Frieder: That's just a matter of con-
fidence. It'll come, that's just fresh-
men. They had no restrictions or
anything, but they were trying to do the
right thing. You just have to get kids to
work hard and to get open for the good
shots. I think some of 'em were just
trying real hard to do a good job.
Daily: What was the team missing
most this year?
Frieder: Well you have to remember
that until Rockymore got hurt this year
we were 11-3, but the thing that we were
lacking was a type of catalyst ... for
some reason that - a Scott Skiles type
catalyst - didn't happen to us. Next
year there are a lot of guys that could
provide that for us. Like Eric Turner,
or possibly Antoine Joubert. The thing
is when we lost Rockymore it became
too difficult for Turner to do
everything. We had problems against
zone, if we wanted him to handle the
ball then we didn't have an outside
shooter and if we wanted to have him
score outside then we had problems
with somebody else at the point. But I
think that will be corrected next year .;.
he can be a playmaker or, if we want, we
can have Joubert at the point, and Tur-
ner can be a scorer.
Daily: How much of an impact do you
think Antoine will have?
Frieder: Well, we'll just have to wait
and see. But I'm glad he's coming to
Robert Morris beats Georgia S.,
NEW YORK (AP) The 1982-83
Associated Press college basketball
Ralph Sampson, senior, Virginia; Dale
Ellis, Tennessee; Patrick Ewing,
sophomore, Georgetown; Michael Jor-
dan, sophomore, North Carolina;
Wayman Tisdale, freshman,
Derek Harper, junior, Illinois; Clyde
Drexler, junior, Houston; Keith Lee,
sophomore, Memphis State.
Antoine Carr, senior, Wichita State;
John Pinone, senior, Villanova;Sam
Perkins, junior, North Carolina; Ennis
Whatley, sophomore, Alabama; Kenny
Fields, junior, UCLA.
Michigan's ERIC TURNER was
named honorable mention All-
American for the second straight year.
Meanwhile, Wolverine center TIM
McCORMICK was named AP
honorable mention All-Big Ten.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP)-Forest Grant
scored 17 points and Chipper Harris ad-
ded 16 to lead Robert Morris past
Georgia Southern 64-54 last night to ad-
vance to the first round of the NCAA
The victory put the ECAC Metro
champion into a Mideast Regional fir-
st-round game Thursday night in Tam-
pa, Fla., against the Purdue
Robert Morris, 23-7, has won 19 of
their last 20 games. Eric Hightower had
14 points to pace Georgia Southern, 18-
12, the champions of the Trans America
Robert Morris 64,Georgia So.54
Princeton 53, NC A&T 41
Cleveland 6.Oakland 2
San Francisco 7, Seattle 2
Milwaukee 5, San D~iego I
Chicago (NIJ 5. California 4
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