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Gymnastics
Wolverine Invitational
Saturday and Sunday
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

Thursday, December 6, 1984

Page 7

Walk-on McE

By BARB McQUADE
He's young and he's raw, but Brad
McCaughey has the talent to be a
dominant force in the CCHA.
The freshman icer has racked up 14
points in 15 games this season and is
Michigan's third-leading scorer. His
nine goals include a hat trick in a win-
ning effort at the University of Illinois
at Chicago.
AN ANN ARBOR native, Mc-
Caughey's high school career
flourished at Huron High School. Last
year the former River Rat captured
honors as one of the state's premier
players, earning a spot on the All-State
team as well as being named league
MVP.
So why does his success at the
collegiate level come as a surprise?
"He's coming from a league where he
wasn't really challenged," said
Michigan head coach Red Berenson.
"He was the dominant player in the
league. His skating was a question, and
in this league, where skating is em-
phasized, we wondered."
"I DIDN'T expect him to be netting
goals this early," said assistant coach
Mark Miller. "It's not that he couldn't
do it, but coming out of the program he
did... But he just stepped right in and
made the adjustment."
McCaughey himself is somewhat
surprised with the role he has played on
the team. "I didn't expect to be playing
much," said the walk-on right
wing. "(Former Michigan head coach
John) Giordano guaranteed me some
ice time. But when we got a new coach,
I didn't know what to expect."
Despite the early skepticism, the 6-1,

182 lb. McCaughey has silenced any
critics he might have had. His aptitude
at handling the puck and intense style
of play have been some of the solid
elements of an inconsistent Wolverine
offense.
"BRAD'S PLAY has been positive,"
said Berenson. "With his hustle and his
ability to put the puck in the net, he's
been effective. And he's improving."
"I'm very happy with his play-the

aughe
at center. We're going to experiment
and see how he handles that position."
McCAUGHEY played center
throughout his high school career.
During his senior year, however, Gior-
dano advised his coach to move him to
right wing to better prepare for college.
"He's got the skills to play any of the
forward positions," Miller said.
Growing up in Ann Arbor, Mc-
Caughey is one of those "Born to be
'You can get into a fight
in high school and not
worry about anyone
killing you. Here, you've
got guys who can put you
up in the stands.'
-Brad McCaughey

y skates to success

way he's started and the improvement
he's made," said Miller. "He's going to
continue to improve because he works
hard all the time."
With the temporary loss of
Michigan's leading scorer, Brad Jones,
due to injured knee ligaments, Mc-
Caughey may be called upon to fill the
void. "I'm pleased with his progress,"
said Berenson. I'm going to look at him

Blue" athletes. From the first time he
stepped onto the ice at Yost Arena in a
high school game, he knew where he
wanted to play.
"I USED to love playing in this rink,"
said the prospective business major.
"Last year I scored four goals here."
Indeed, McCaughey scored the hat
trick plus-one at Yost twice during his
high school days.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB'
Freshman right wing Brad McCaughey, shown here in last Saturday's game against Ohio State, is Michigan's third
leading scorer with nine goals and five assists.

Despite making a smooth transition
to college play, McCaughey does note a
difference at this level. "It's more
physical and the skating is a lot
quicker," said the Wolverine icer.
"Everyone is a lot stronger. You can
get into a fight in high school and not

worry about anyone killing you. Here,
you've got guys who can put you up in
the stands."
The freshman admits that he enjoys
playing in front of the hometown crowd.
His friends and family are strong in at-
tendance at the home contests. "My

mom is nuts," McCaughey said. "I can
hear her yelling in the stands."
While many college players may en-
tertain hopes of playing in the NHL,
McCaughey keeps his thoughts in per-
spective for now. "I'm just thinking of
getting through Michigan."

Person-ally, Ike likes Sweden

By PHIL NUSSEL
Somewhere in the frozen, wind-swept
lands of northern Scandinavia, where
virtually no human beings exist, Is a
man known as Ike Person. No, he's not
a hermit or an eskimo, he is a Swedish
professional basketball player.
Person, a center for Michigan from
1979-83, plays for Skelleftea, a city of
about 50 thousand people, located just
125 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
"WE GOT too much snow up here,"
Person said. "It's like living in
Alaska." Along with the cold, there is

"q

also no sun during the winter months.
"It gets dark here around 2:30 and it
stays that way," he added.
About the only thing hot in Skelleftea
is Ike Person himself. The 6-7 center is
averaging 35 points and 15 rebounds per
game, in addition to a ton of blocked
shots. His team is 4-4 at this point in its
18-game season. "It's not easy, but I
work hard and I get my points and
nobody in the league can stop me at
all," Person said.
While he's not the tallest player in the
league, Person may be the most ver-
satile. He plays all three positions in a
league that only permits one American
per team. "I pretty much do what I
want to do," Person noted. "I still play
team ball. I'm still staying in the offen-
se."
MOST OF THE Americans in this ten-
team league are from much smaller
schools than Michigan. The only two
"name" players are Reginald Hanna,
out of Alabama, and Poncho Wright,
who played on Louisville's 1980 national
championship squad.
Basketball, along with American
culture in general, has become in-

creasingly popular in Sweden.
Although hockey and soccer are still the
top sports, Person believes that roun-
dball will be successful in that country
and he enjoys promoting the sport.
"There's really a lot of curiosity," he
said. "It's not like in America where
everyone thinks they know everything.
Here they listen to you. It's really
gratifying, personally, because when
you talk, they listen."
PERSON noted that the only thing he
can't get in the Swedish backlands that
he could get in the states is live
televised basketball-he has to send
away for films. Otherwise, he has ac-
cess to American radio, TV shows, and
various commercial products. Swedes
even follow American sports.
"They tell me what's going on," he
said. "Everything over here is
American. I really don't have a chance
to miss America because America is
over here in sorts."
Swedish sports fans, especially
basketball fans, have a love for Bobby
Knight. Person claims that his coach
reads all of Knight's books.
Unlike the Bob Knight style,
however, the Swedes play nothing but
run-and-gun offense. "They just get the
ball and go," Person explained. "All
the teams break pretty much. It sur-
prised me, but they do."
THE MONEY involved in Swedish
basketball is not fantastic, but that is
not one of Person's top priorities. He
explained, "Right now I'm not making
big money, but it's in my pocket and
I'm saving, plus I get to travel a bit.
Who knows, maybe next year I might
be able to make good money
someplace. But that's not important
right now. I just want to have a good
time."
Skelleftea has asked Person to return
next year, but right now he is undecided
about his future plans. He is con-
sidering playing in Italy, France, or
England where the competition and the
money are better. He did not mention
any plans of returning to the States,
saying that he couldn't be better where
he is right now.

ALONG WITH his playing, Person
also coaches a minor league basketball
team (there are two minor leagues in
Sweden). Additionally, he goes to

to make the trip to Europe after he was
cut by the Pistons.
Despite being "marooned" in the
Scandinavian wilderness and despite
being thousands of miles from home,
Ike Person is a happy man. "I love it up
here," he concluded. "I'm not
homesick."
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Person
... hot hand in cold land
schools introducing the sport to
Swedish youths. Language is no
problem with English being the second
language.
Person credits another ex-Wolverine,
Leo Brown, for getting him interested
in Swedish basketball. Brown played in
Sweden last year and convinced Person

Sports Information
Former Michigan center Ike Person, pictured here during the 1982-83
season, now plays professional basketball in Skelleftea, Sweden. Person also
coaches a Swedish minor league team.
Bear1s sign Lan dry;
~Hump hries sidelined

CHICAGO (AP)-The Chicago Bears,
devastated by injuries to their top two
quarterbacks, yesterday signed 17-year
veteran Greg Landry as an emergency
backup.
Landry, who spent the last three
seasons in the United States Football
League, will be eligible for Sunday's
National Football League game in
Chicago against the Green Bay
Packers, said Bears spokesman Ken
Valdiserri.
TERMS OF Landry's contract were,
not disclosed, Valdiserri said.

To make room for Landry, 37, the
Bears placed rookie offensive guard
Stefan Humphries on injured reserve,
Valdiserri said.
Starting quarterback Jim McMahon
is out with a lacerated kidney and
replacement Steve Fuller suffered a
shoulder separation last Monday in
Chicago's 20-7 loss against Dan Diego.
Third-string quarterback Rusty
Lisch is scheduled to start against the
Packers, and star running back Walter
Payton was the only reserve before
Landry was signed.

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