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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 21, 1985
FORMER BLUE FORWARD KEEPS ON HUSTLING

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cagers garner

Thad'5 assistance

By JOE DEVYAK
Thad Garner is looking at careers
other than one involving a ball, a hoop
and a wooden floor. "I may go back to
basketball," says the ex-Wolverine
forward, "but I'm just looking for some
other answers." He keeps a busy
schedule as he continues to pursue his
future.
Garner is presently a graduate
agsistant with the Michigan basketball
team. "I'm a liaison between the
coaches and the players. I work out
with the team and I offer analysis of
game situations (to the coaches)."

"HE REALLY helps us a lot during
practice," says Wolverine freshman
Steve Stoyko. "He works with the
'second team', the team I'm on in prac-
tice, and gives us help and confidence
against the 'first team'."
Garner also recruits for Michigan
head coach Bill Frieder. "I talk to the
(high school) players and tell them
about the pleasantries of Michigan,"
said Garner, "because that's all I ex-
perienced.".
With the success of this year's team,
Garner is experiencing something
new-being a part of a Big Ten title con-

tender. Michigan's record was a
mediocre 58-56 while Garner played in
Ann Arbor. A fan favorite, the always
hustling Garner was all too often the
only bright spot on the team.
THIS YEAR'S experience doesn't
bother the well-spoken Garner at all.
"Jealous? -I wouldn't categorize it as
that," he said, "I'm really happy for
them. I ran with them in September

Garner was drafted by the Utah Jazz of
the National Basketball Association.
After being cut by the Jazz, he was sent
to their minor league affiliate, the
Billings Volcanoes of Billings, Mon-
tana. After a half-year stint with the
Volcanoes, the lava stopped flowing
and the team folded. He soon became
the property of the Wyoming Wildcat-
ters of the Continental Basketball

Association.
"I WAS HAVING a very successful
season up until Christmas (of 1983),"
the ex-captain said, "then I was traded
to the Albuquerque Silvers." He
finished out the season with the Silvers
and applied to the University's
graduate school of social work. After
being accepted, he "talked to family
and friends," and "decided to go
(back) to school."
Garner attends classes Monday
through Wednesday and works on an in-
ternship program Thursday and
Friday. He works for New Detroit In-
corporated, an organization that helps
the disadvantaged and minorities. It's
a people oriented job.
"People come to us with the com-
munity organizations they've

developed," Garner explains. "We of-
fer them assistance such as
bookkeeping and funds. We assist
people in helping themselves."
With classes, an internship, and prac-
tice, Thad Garner is a busy man. "I'm
just tapping different resources," he
says. Although he's still the property of
the Albuquerque Silvers, his basketball
future is still up in the air. "I'm just
broadening my horizons," he says con-
fidently, "anything that interests
me-maybe coaching."
It may be awhile before Thad Garner
finally decides what he wants to do for
the rest of his life, but his warmth and
concern for others should make his
final choice one that will benefit the
people around him. Just as he benefits
the Michigan basketball program.

and saw their tongues hang out. Now
they know why we pushed them so
hard. It's all paying off."
Stoyko feels that Garner is definitely
a positive influence on the team. "He
helps whoever is out on the floor. He
encourages us by saying things like
'Good D' and he helps us by warning us
about picks."
Garner's road back to Ann Arbor was
an odd one. After graduating with a
degree in physical education (with a
psychology concentration) in 1982,

Garner
... coaching ahead?

Michigan Basketball Statistics

Tarpley.....................
Big Ten .........................
Joubert ...........................
Big Ten .........................
Grant .............................
Big Ten......................
Reliford.....................
Big Ten .........................
Wade..............................
Big Ten .........................
Rockymore........................
Big Ten ....................
Henderson........................
Big Ten......................
Thompson .........................
Big Ten......................
Stoyko ......................
Big Ten ........................
Gibas .........,...................
Big Ten .........................
DeGlopper ...................
BigTen..... ....................
Team . .........................
Big Ten......................

G-$
23-23
13-13
22-22
13-13
23-23
13-13
23-23
13-13
23-23
13-13
21-0
11-0
22-0
13-0
23-1
13-0
160
8-0
7-0
30
4-0
0-0

FG-FGA
174-322
93-186
128-273
82-170
135-242
73-140
95-168
50-88
65-135
30-65
48-89
22-36
43-98
23-58
38-75
20-41
4-10
1-1
1-6
1-4
0-1
0-0

Pct
.540
.500
.469
.482
.550
.521
.565
.568
.481
.462
.539
.611
.439
.397
.507
.488
.400
.167
.250
.000
.000

FT-FTA
101-130
64-80
55-77
23-33
41-49
26-30
58-74
28-35
31-56
16-19
30-41
12-15
2&-3.9
17-25
23-31
7-12
6-10
1-1
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0

Pct
.777
.800
.714
.697
.837
.867
.784
.800
.554
.552
.732
.800
.667
.680
.742
.583
.600
.1.000
.000
.000
.000
.000

Reb-Avg
232-10.1
123-9.5
70-3.2
35-2.7
67-2.9
45-3.5
91-4.0
45-3.5
172-7.5
93-7.2
33-1.6
12-1.1
8&-4.0
46-3.5
32-1.4
16-1.2
10-0.6
2-0.3
1-0.1
1-0.3
0-0.0
0-0.0
60-2.6
30-2.9

A
42
24
125
62
107
65
4
2
15
9
27
8
12
8
47
19
2
0
1
1
0
0

Pts Avg
449 19.5
250 19.2
31114.1
187 14.4
311 13.5
172 13.2
248 10.8
128 9.8
161 7.0
76 5.8
126 6.0
56 5.1
112 5.1
63 4.8
99 4.3
47 3.6
14 0.9
3 0.4
2 0.3
2 0.7
0 0.0
0 0.0

-Sports Information Photo
Former Michigan forward Thad Garner lays in two of his career 1039 points
against the Fighting Illini. Garner was the Wolverines MVP during the 1982
season.

MICHIGAN .....................23 731-1419 .515 371-507 .732 856-37.2 382-183379.7
Opponents ......................... 23 662-1341- .494 271-370 .732 671-29.2 319 159569.3
Big Tenf
MICHIGAN ....................... 13 395-789 .501 194-260 .746 456-35.1 198 984 75.7
Opponents ......................... 13 364-753 .483 146-204 .716 401-30.8 187 874 67.2

ONE SMALLVOICE
By Jeff Bergida
M' gains poise .. .
.. .confidence on the road
THE TELEVISION reporter had one last question for Roy Tarpley after
the Illinois game. "Now you guys have to go on the road for two tough
ones (Iowa and Minnesota). I bet you wish they were at home."
Tarpley looked his questioner straight in theeye.
"No," he responded with matter-of-fact confidence. "It doesn't matter
where we play."
That's why Michigan is 5-1 in Big Ten road games this year after going 3-
6, 2-7, 1-8, and 3-6 in Bill Frieder's first four years at the Wolverine helm.
This team is doing things that haven't been seen at Michigan since the days
of Rickey Green and Phil Hubbard. The players have developed into a
determined, cohesive unit that shares Tarpley's view that this team can beat
anyone, anywhere.
In only 23 games, the third-rated Wolverines have accomplished more
than anyone in his right mind could have expected:
" Michigan has won 20 games for the first time since 1977. This is only the
sixth time in the school's basketball history that that plateau has been
reached.
" The current 11-game winning streak is the Wolverines' longest since 1964,
when a school-record 13-game victory skein was recorded.
* Already, the Wolverines have completed season sweeps of 14th-ranked
Iowa, Purdue (for the first time since '77), and Minnesota.
. Over the last 33 games dating back to a 62-59 victory at Ohio State last
year, Frieder's club has compiled a mark of 29-4.
Anyone who has watched this team consistently can tell you that it is a far
different club from the one that sputtered its way through a 10-8 Big Ten
season in 1984, losing to Wisonsin and Northwestern along the way. That was
never more evident than this past week when the team travelled to Iowa
and Minnesota and scratched out victories by margins of four and two,
respectively.
Michigan had six Big Ten road games last year that either went into over-
time or were decided by five points or less. They won two of those games and
found all sorts of ways to lose the others.
But the stupid mistakes and blown opportunities appear to be a thing of the
past. If the boys in maize and blue didn't choke on the apple this weekend
they never will.
The Wolverines controlled the Iowa game from the outset but found them-
selves trailing by five with 4:53 remaining. With a sell-out crowd screaming
its collective head off, the Wolverines calmly regrouped pnd had the lead
back in less than a minute-and-a-half.
Saturday afternoon, the Gophers were truly Golden - shooting 56 percent
from the field while holding their high-scoring opponents to 42 percent. With
Minnesota leading, 56-49, with six minutes remaining, all signs pointed to an
upset.
Yet everyone remained calm. Michigan stayed in its offense, took the time
to develop plays and ran off a 17-8 streak to win once again.
"We pretty much knew what we were doing," said Rich Rellford. "We got
down by seven but not at one point did we think we were going to lose the
game."
But it would have been different last year. Wouldn't it have, Rich?
"Yeah, I think it would have been different. I don't know if we would've
rushed to get all the points back or do stupid things but it would have been a
lot different."
Everyone is contributing. The starters are playing their roles exactly the
way Frieder wants them to. Butch Wade is quietly playing as good a defen-
sive game as anyone in the conference. Antoine Joubert has made an inor-
dinate number of big baskets.
And there are guys doing the jobs that nobody recognizes. Garde Thom-
pson got written up for making two consecutive hoops at Iowa and Rob Hen-
derson was credited with helping to turn around the Minnesota game. But,
in both games, senior Leslie Rockymore put his experience to use in shutting
down hot-scoring opponents.
Hawkeye forward Gerry Wright ha~d been a one-man show for Iowa,
scoring 12 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half when Frieder in-
serted The Rock. Wright wasn't heard from again.
Tommy Davis led the Gophers with 17 points in 40 minutes on Saturday.
When Rockymore was in the game, he managed a grand total of zero.
"I've been playing against Tommy Davis for four years," said the soft-
spoken voice of experience. "I know some of his moves and I was watching
what he was doing during the game. So, when I got in there, I knew I had to
take the baseline away from him.
"That's what bench help is all about."
And that's what winning is all about.

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BIG TEN STANDINGS
Conf. Overall
W L W L
MICHIGAN1...........1 12 20 3
Illinois ................ 8 5 20 7
Iowa .................. 8 5 20 6
Purdue................8 5 17 6
Ohio State ............. 7 5 15 7
Michigan St............ 7 6 16 7
Indiana ............... 6 6 14 8
Minnesota ............. 5 7 12 10
Wisconsin ............. 3 11 12 12
Northwestern..........1 12 5 18

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