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Front-court depth could be problem
Class of '84
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Tarpley added some weight to his
frame over the summer and should be
the best pivotman in the league.
They key to Tarpley's game is
avoiding foul trouble. With the 6-11
junior in the line-up, the Wolverines can
match up with the best of them.
Without him, the lack of height and
front line depth could prove disastrous.
A number of Michigan's forwards,
including Robert Henderson, Butch
Wade and freshman Steve Stoyko, have
experience in the middle and will give
Tarpley a breather at one time or
Forwards: Rich Rellford, Wade, Hen-
derson, and Stoyko will see most of the
playing time up front although both
Joubert and Rockymore will spend
time at small forward.
Juniors Rellford, Wade and Hender-
son are battling for the two starting
spots. Rellford, who started 30 of
Michigan's 33 games last season,
dominates a ball game when he's on but
suffers from inconsistency. The
Riviera Beach, Fla. native can't wait to
get going with the new season.
"I THINK this year'll be my best,"
said Rellford, who averaged 7.8 points
in 1983-84. "My ball handling has really
improved and I can last a lot longer
than I did last year."
Wade is known throughout the league
for his 6-8, 235-pound frame and his
overall strength. Wade is a fine
rebounder and is solid on the defensive
end but must improve his shooting, both
from the field and the foul line.
Henderson appears to have
recovered from the problems that
plagued him all of last season. The
Lansing resident's numbers fell from
5.4 points and 5.7 boards his freshman
year to 1.6 and 2.0. While defense still
gives Henderson problems, he is happy
with the progress he has made in pre-
"I'M shooting a little better and
making more consistent moves to the
basket," Henderson said. "Defense is
mostly a mental thing with me. It's
easier to stay in the game offensively."
Stoyko defines his own job as well as
anyone else. "My role is going to be
covering for the people who are tired.
Play good 'D' for 5-10 minutes."
Gerard Rudy may see a little more
playing time this year. Paul Jokisch's
status remains in question. Frieder
would like to see the 6-8 forward return
to the hardboards when football season
is over. Grade: B
Coach: At various times last season,
Frieder was criticized for substituting
too much, not being tough enough and
failing to take advantage of his team's
quickness. Yet Michigan won 23
games, finished fourth in the Big Ten
and took home a championship banner.
Frieder is starting his fifth year as
the Wolverines' head coach. There is
definitely pressure to win and win now.
"We've got a long way to go,"
Frieder said at the beginning of the
fourth week of practice. If Michigan
makes the NCAAs this year, much of
the credit will belong to the man who
led them down that long road.
University of Michigan
1984-85 Basketball Roster
11 Joubert,Antoine .......... G-F
(Detroit, MI; Southwestern H.S.)
15 Henderson, Robert........ F
(Lansing, MI; Eastern H.S.)
24 Rockymore, Leslie ........ G
(Detroit, MI; Southwestern H.S.)
25 GrantGary.............. G
(Canton, OI; McKinley H.S.)
30 Thompson, Garde ......... G
(Grand Rapids, MI; East, H.S.)
32 DeGlopper, Chuck ....... G
(Spring Lake, MI; Spring Lake H.S.)
34 Rudy, Gerard ............. G
(Midland, MI; Midland H.S.)
40 Rellford, Richard..........F
(Riviera Beach; FL; Suncoast H.S.)
41 Gibas, Ron ................ G
(Inglewood, CO; Cherry Creek H.S.)
42 Tarpley, Roy .............. C
(Detroit, MI; Cooley H.S.)
44 Stoyko, Steve .............. F
(Bay Village, OH; Bay Village H.S.)
53 Wade, Butch .............. F-C
(Boston, MA; Tech H.S.)
"The most important factor would be
getting Bo's consent. If he doesn't want
me to play then there's a problem. If I
get his blessing then it would be okay. If
he feels it wouldn't help me in any way,
then I wouldn't go. I'm definitely going
to honor his decision. I think he'll do
what's right for me."
Q. T. heads south
Turner, meanwhile left the team
halfway through his freshman year in
late December to transfer to the
University of Texas-El Paso. He will
become eligible to play for the Miners
when he is through with finals this
Turner left the Wolverines because
Michigan wasn't turning out the way he
had expected. "When I first decided to
come to Michigan, my impression was
different from when I got there," Tur-
ner noted. "When I got there, I didn't
HE WAS ALSO concerned with his
lack of playing time and uncertain
future at Michigan.
"They told me that my future didn't
look too good," he added. "(Assistant
coach) Mike Boyd told my parents that
they were bringing in a couple of guar-
ds and didn't know where I would fit in.
"Down here (at UTEP)," he con-
tinued, "everyone gets an equal oppor-
tunity. I hope to play a lot this year."
BUT UTEP assistant coach Tim
Floyd was uncertain of the role Turner
would play for the Miners this season.
UTEP already has three-year starter
Luster Goodwin at one guard and Tur-
ner will have missed most of the non-
conference schedule by the time he can
"Originally we were going to red
shirt him all of this year," said Floyd.
"But he elected not to do that. We leave
that up to the player.
"It's hard to say what kind of playing
time he'll get this year," added Floyd,
"because we'll have already gone to
TURNER SAID that he turned down
the red shirt "because I thought that it
would be too long of a wait. I missed 20
some games at Michigan and if I'd have
to sit out another year that would be too
He is also sorry that things couldn't
have turned out better for him at
"I miss Michigan," he said. "I miss
Ann Arbor. I'm sorry it didn't work out,
but I'm here now and I want to concen-
trate on being here."
Added Frieder, "Quincy Turner
made a mistake by leaving Michigan.
He made a terrible mistake.
"He made a decision (to come to
Michigan) based on a lot of good
reasons, and then he chucked all of
those reasons because he didn't play in
the first three or four games as a
freshman. That's not a good enough
From sneakers to briefs
One player from last year's NIT
champion squad, Dan Pelekoudas, has
turned in his hightops for a set of law
books. Pelekoudas is in his first year at
the University's Law School.
While there may be more security in
law school than in professional sports,
Pelekoudas is still a little uncertain
right now as to what his future will be.
"I'M NOT really sure what I want to
go into," he said. "For the first year,
they have pretty much a set
curriculum. I'm just kind of feeling my
way through right now."
But if his past performances are any
basis for what his future holds, then
Pelekoudas should succeed. As an un-
dergrad, the 6-2 guard from Downers
Grove. Ill. was a three-time Academic
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