4-D - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983
No longer young,
By JIM DWORMAN
Everything points to a v
basketball season for the M
Wolverines this winter.
All of the major components
year's 15-13 team return, in
leading scorer Eric Turne
shooting Leslie Rockymore, im
center Tim McCormick and fiv
ted sophomore forwards.
GONE FROM THE Big Ten
diana's Ted Kitchel, Randy V
and Jim Thomas, Purdue's
Cross, Illinois' Derek Harper a
nesota's Randy Breuer. The
Northwestern's team graduated
And Michigan has Antoine Jou
Everything looks rosy, but...
recruiting class lagged behind
of their conference rivals'
notably Indiana's, Minnesota
Michigan's non-conference s
includes few patsies. Away dat
Georgia and Rutgers replace ho
tests against Akron and Ch
State. The Sun Bowl tournamei
the Toledo Blade-Glass City C
place. NCAA Tournament con
North Carolina A & T occupies
A & M's spot on the schedule.
"It's too tough," Michigan co
Frieder said of his team's 1983,
"And when it's all over with, i
hurt us in getting a tourname
because everybody's loadingL
non-conference schedules w
tories. Take a look at Northv
They had the worst non-con
schedule in the Big Ten and yet
key thing when they got an NIT 1
"NOW WE'RE playing (NCA
cagers appear ready
finalist) Georgia and Rutgers and in the
winning Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas and it's
ichigan going to be very difficult to win those epth problem gone
of last Okay, so a few early-season losses N C
icluding might prevent the Wolverines from ear-
proving What about winning the conference
'e talen- championship and an automatic bid? depth at guard," said Frieder. "He Wade return after moderately st
What's the Big Ten going to be like this tried to do too much, or didn't really cessful freshman campaigns. Each
are In- year? know what he had to do. Teams keyed the four had his moments - no
Wittman "With Illinois losing Harper and Pur- on him and he wasn't quite as effec- played consistently well.
Russell due losing Cross, that balances tive." Wade is a ferocious rebounder an
nd Min- everything out a little more," said THE LACK of depth revealed itself good defensive player. Henders
bulk of Frieder. "Next year will be a very in- when Rockymore went down with a rebounds- well but his shooting did
. teresting league because some of the knee injury in an 80-77, triple-overtime match expectations. Jokisch is a fier
ibert. bottom team's like Michigan and loss to Purdue. Michigan was left with competitor who'll kill before losir
Michigan State will be much improved only Turner and Dan Pelekoudas in the Rellford is a spectacular dunker wh
overall and teams like Indiana losing five backcourt, and it took three weeks and misses are often as exciting as1
several players and Minnesota losing Breuer....I three defeats for the Wolverines to baskets.
, most think it's going to be as equal as it's adapt. An 11-5, tournament-bound team The center position will be manned
a's and ever been and a lot of teams could win became a 4-8, second-division squad. Tim McCormick and Roy Tarpley. N
it. The thing that hurt us the most and Cormick, a senior with juni
chedule "I THINK there's still going to be the turning point was the triple- eligibility, developed into a fine off4
tes with over 30 starters in the conference overtime loss to Purdue," said Frieder. sive player after sitting out h
me con- returning, which tells you it's going to "It was a game that we could have won sophomore year with double-kn
eveland be a very tough league." and should have won. And in addition to surgery. The 6-11, 240-pound
nt takes Five of those starters belong to the losing the game we lost Rockymore, averaged almost 15 points in the B
"lassic's Wolverines. Turner returns from a year which ended up being a very, very Ten and was Michigan's best free thr
npetitor that ound him average 19.2 points per crucial blow to our whole season. It took shooter. Tarpley also stands 6-11 b
Florida game overall and 20.2 in the Big Ten. us a lot of time to recover from that. weighs only 190 pounds. Inside scori
The flashy point guard has shown All- Had we not lost that game or had we not and shot blocking are his strengths.;
ach Bill America potential in each of his first lost Rockymore, I think we probably Michigan's season begins, Novemb
agenda. two seasons at Michigan. Potential, would have won the next two gamesat 11 with an exhibition game vers
t might however, differs greatly from perfor- home. Athletes in Action. The Big T
nt berth mance. Turner did not play well last "Next year, when we have an injury,, schedule opens January 5' at hot
up their year. He made only 45 percent of his I think we're going to be able to get by, against Northwestern.
ith vic- field goal attempts in Big Ten games. because we have depth now at each
western. His free throw percentage was .654. In position."
nference several games he was totally ineffec- FRESHMAN QUINCY Turner of
it was a tive. Benton Harbor, Garde Thompson of
bid. "I think part of Eric Turner's East Grand Rapids and Joubert of
A semi- problem was that we didn't have any Detroit Southwestern are supposed to
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Dan Pelekoudas grimaces as the Wildcats' Andre Goode challenges.
shore up the backcourt. Joubert is con-
sidered one of the top freshman in the
country, but a weight problem, some
horrible all-star game performances
and a consistent lack of defensive effort
have lessened the general opinion
regarding the offensive wizard.
Rockymore, fully recovered, brings
his 13.4 scoring.average back to Crisler
Depth at the forward position should
be no problem for the Wolverines.
Sophomores Richard Rellford, Rob
Henderson, Paul Jokisch and Butch
...will he hustle?
1982-83 Basketball Statistics
MICHIGAN ................... 28 793-1687 .470 429-619 .693 1063-38.0 2053 73.3 401
Opponents ..................... 28 733-1595 .460 493-721 .684 901-32.2 1993 71.2 342
Junior Eric Turner pulls a fast one on Northwestern's Gaddis Rathel. Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
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By JIM DAVIS
Teamwork will have to be the name
of the game for the 1983-84 lady cagers.
Coming off a disappointing season,
the women's basketball team will be
aiming for a respectable record after
last year's poor 4-24 mark,
Coach Gloria Soluk returns everyone
from last year's squad - except Peg
Harte, a two-year starter, averaged a
team-leading 20.7 points per game, set-
ting a Michigan single-season record
with 581 points in the process. The 5-8
forward also paced the team with 6.4
rebounds per contest last season.
The junior transferred to St. Thomas
Aquinas College this fall, marking the
first time in six years the cagers will be
Harte-less. Sister K.D. Harte also
starred for the Maize and Blue from
WE DON'T really know the impact of
the loss of Peg yet," said Soluk. "We
might be a better team. We do have a
good nucleus, and we had a really good
Back for another season are seniors
Lori Gnatkowski and Terri Soullier,
juniors Diana Wiley and Connie Doutt,
and six sophomores from last year'aE
fine recruiting class.
Newcomers for the Wolverines will
be 6-7 Lynn Morozko, of Westlake, Ohio.
5-5 Melanie Smith of Akron, Ohio, and 5-6
Chris Tuerk of Pontiac Lutheran East.
GNATKOWSKI and Doutt are expected
to carry the load at guard, with help
from Smith and Tuerk.
Last season's point guard, 5-8
sophomore Orethia Lilly of East4
Cleveland, Ohio, will more to forward,
as will 6-1 sophomore Sandy Svoboda,
from Jackson, who played center much
of last year.
Another sophomore, Wendy
Bradetich of Eugene, Oregon, and
Soullier will also see extensive action at
forward. Wiley and 6-0 sophomore
Carolyn Henry will provide help off the
CENTER will be the key to Michigan's4
"We're really looking very heavily to
Lynn Morozko, who is 6-7," said Soluk:
"She's going to be the first bonafide cep-
ter we've had other than Patrice
Donovan. She's going to have to help
out right away for us to have a good
Amy Rembisz, a 6-2 sophomore from
Union Lake, will also see a lot of action,
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Wendy Bradetich goes up for a shot against Cleveland State.
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Final Women 's Stats
NAME GP/GS FG/FGA Pct FT/FTA Pct REB-AVG A Pts Avg
Peg Harte ..................... 28/25 227/544 .417 127/218 .582 180-6.4 61 581" 20.7