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By STEVE WISE4
Ask the casual observer which player 1
typifies Michigan basketball in 1985.
He'll tell you all about Roy Tarpley, An-
toine Joubert and Gary Grant.
But the casual observer, like most
people, overlooks Richard Rellford, a
player whose achievements, like those
of his team, have not been given much 1
nationwide notice.
EVEN PROFESSIONAL observers
seem ignorant of the flying Floridian
and his accomplishments. During the
Michigan State game three weeks ago,
for example, ESPN commentators
lauded the play of Wolverine Robert
Rellford.
And while Michigan as a team has 1
climbed steadily in the national polls,I
one of the Big Ten's better forwards1
basks in seemingly eternal anonymity.
"Richard Rellford right now is one of
the most underrated players on this
team and possibly in the league," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder.
"HE'S IN THE top five in field goal
percentage in the conference, top five
in free throw percentage in the con-
ference, his rebounds have been steady

~ordgets
and his defense (against Wisconsin and because...I ju
Northwestern) was as good as the boards, r
anybody's on the team." ' get? If I just
But Rellford's 58.5 percent field goal end up with
shooting and 82.3 percent mark from Ohio State)..
the line don't show up on conference ONE REA
lists because he is seven-tenths below climbing no
required average shots-per-game in season, Rellf
both categories. over too mu
"I worked on (my shooting) real slack off-seas
hard this summer and I came out this "I took a b
season shooting the ball real well,"
Rellford said. "I would be leading the
league in shooting if I took enough
shots."
RELLFORD HAS taken enough shots
to boost his average to 11.4 points per
game, about four more than his career
figure. In the last six regular-season
games, he's done even better,
averaging closer to 14 per contest.
The 6-6 junior's rebounding numbers,
a little more than four per game in both
league and overall play, are also im-
proved from last year. Rellford caught
about 6.5 caroms in each of his last fivey
games.
"I'm even starting to rebound," said
Rellford. "That's just blown my mind

it done

ust thought, 'If I just go to
how many rebounds can I
go and don't leave.' And I
eight last night (against
. because I went for 'em."
ASON the statistics are
w is that earlier in the
ford's was a case of mind
ih matter, the result of a
son training schedule.
reak after the NIT," ex-

plained the former 230-pounder, who
has trimmed to about 220. "I felt like a
champion and felt like I could sit back
and do nothing."
"The problem with Rellford," said
Frieder, "is that he doesn't' work .har
d in the off-season.
'As Rellford has worked to condition
himself during the season, his team-
See RELLFORD, Page 11

Reliford
(Continued from Page' 0
mates have worked on him to help him
improve.
"THIS SEASON," he said,
"everybody on the leam made me a
better player because I think
everybody checked me: 'Toine, Rock,
Butch, Rob, Roy (all) made me a better
player."
The high school All-American says
the assistance is part of the team's
family feeling and that he does what he
can to return the help. "Say Roy gets
beat, Butch gets beat, they know
somebody's going to help them."
"I got beat one time, but Roy blocked
the shot. I went down the floor and told
him, 'That's why we got you."'
RELLFORD ALSO got Tarpley for a
roomie this year, something he credits
partially for his motivation.
"I heard somebody say that the best
thing coach Frieder could have done
was rooming me and Roy together,"
Rellford said, "because if someone's
roommate is playing well, he's gonna
have to play well or he can't live there."
So far Rellford hasn't been kicked out
of the house. And, while he feels the
pressure to perform, Rellford's con-
fident easygoing nature keeps him from
worrying about media attention or
statistics.
"The publicity doesn't get it (for me)
as much as playing with the guys,'' he
said. "If (people) see them, they're
gonna see me too because I'm gonna be
on the floor doing the same thing
they're doing."

I

For Reliford, tournament
could be roundball reunion

Richard Rellford and Roy Tarpley team up in grabbing a rebound in action earlier this season. Of
team up throughout the school year as roommates.

People around the country may not
know who Richard Rellford is, but he
knows them and not just from watching
television either.
Though he went to high school inl
Riviera Beach, Fla., Rellford spent his
summers battling some of the nation's
best players on two summer league
teams in New York City, his original
home.
DWAYNE "PEARL" Washington
was one player with Rellford on a team
called the Gauchos. Another familiar
name player on that team was a fierce
rebounding forward out of Boston
named Mark "Butch" Wade.
Though both Wade and Rellford even-
tually chose the Maize and Blue,
neither knew of the other's collegiate
destination at the time.
"We ,didn't even know," Rellford
said. "We hadn't decided on school yet.
We were just juniors, (but) we were
killin' teams."
THE KILLING continued for the
young Rellford on a team called the

Hawks out of Riverside Church. That
college all-star-to-be team included
Walter Berry, now at St. John's, Kenny
Smith (North Carolina), Ernie Myers
(N.C. State), Bruce Dalrymple
(Georgia Tech) and Tommy Sheehey
(Virginia).
"Whoever was anybody at that period
of time would have played in the AAU
championships," many of them for
Riverside, according to Ernie Lorch,
the Hawks' coach for 25 years.
Rellford also has ties to St. John's
and its star, All-American Chris Mullin,
whom Rellford calls a "good friend."
"Me and (St. John's coach) Louie
(Carnesecca), we're real good frien-
ds...," said Rellford, whose brother
Cecil played two years for the Redmen.
"They wanted me to go to school out
there. Louie sent me my first college
letter."
If Michigan and St. John's meet in the
tournament final, Rellford could add a
postscript to his answer.
-STEVE WISE

Michigan Basketball Statistics
G-ST FG/FGA Pct FT/FTA Pet RBS/AVG Ast Pts Avg
Tarpley ........................ 28-28 210/397 52.9 121/156 77.6 287/10.3 47 541 19.3
(Big Ten) ...................... 18-18 129/261 49.4 89/106 79.2 178/9.9 29 342 19.0
Joubert ........................ 27-26 153/336 45.5 69/95 72.6 84/3.1 156 375 13.9
18-17 107/233 45.9 37/51 72.5 49/2.7 93 251 13.9
Grant.......................28-27 166/295 56.3 49/60 81.7 73/2.6 133 381 13.6
- 18-17 104/193 53.9 34/41 82.9 51/2.8 91 242 13.4
Rellford ........................ 28-28 124/215 57.7 72/90 80:0 120/4.3 8 320 11.4
18-18 79/135 58.5 42/51 82.3 74/4.1 6 200 11.1
Wade ...................... . 28-28 75/154 48.7 34/66 51.5 199/7.1 17 184 6.6
18-18 40/84 47.6 19/39 48.7 120/6.7 11 99 5.5
Rockymore.................... 26-1 60/109 55.0 33/45 73.3 41/1.6 29 153 5.9
16-1 34/56 60.7 15/19 78.9 20/1.3 10 83 5.2
Henderson....................27-0 51/112 45.5 32/49 65.3 113/4.2 12 134 5.0
18-0 31/72 43.1 23/35 65.7 71/3.9 8 85 4.7
Thompson ..................... 28-2 48/93 51.6 30/41 73.2 40/1.4 32 126 4.5
18-1 30/59 50.8 14/22 63.6 24/1.3 30 74 4.1
Stoyko ........................ 18-0 5/11 45.5 7/12 58.3 11/0.6 17 17 0.9
10-0 2/2 1.00 2/3 66.7 3/0.3 1 6 0.6
Gibas.......................8-0 1/6 16.7 0/0 00.0 1/0.1 1 2 0.3
4-0 1/4 25.0 0/0 00.0 1/0.3 1 2 0.5
Rudy .......................... 1-0 0/0 00.0 0/0 00.0 1/1.0 0 0 0.0
1-0 0/0 00.0 0/0 00.0 1/1.0 0- 0 0.0
DeGlopper .................... 5-0 0/1 00.0 0/0 00.0 0/0.0 0 0 0.0
14. 0/0 00.0 0/0 00.0 0/0.0 0 0 0.0
MICHIGAN ................... 28 - 893/1729 51.6 447/614 72.8 1038/37.1 464 2233 79.8
(Big Ten). .................. 18 557/1099 50.7 270/367 76.6 628/35.4 280 134 76.9

1,48.'M'in the NCAA
Holy Cross 63, MICHIGAN 45
MICHIGAN 66, Columbia 49
1964:
MICHIGAN 84, Loyola 80
MICHIGAN 69, Ohio 57
Duke 91, MICHIGAN 80
MICHIGAN 100, Kansas State 90 (3rd place)
1965:
MICHIGAN 98, Dayton 71
MICHIGAN 87, Vanderbilt 85
MICHIGAN 93, Princeton 76
UCLA 91, MICHIGAN 80 (2nd place)
1966:
MICHIGAN 80, Western Kentucky 79
Kentucky 84, MICHIGAN 77
1974:
MICHIGAN 77, Notre Dame 68
Marquette 72, MICHIGAN 70
1975:
UCLA 103, MICHIGAN 91 (OT)
1976:
MICHIGAN 74, Wichita State 73
MICHIGAN 80,. Notre Dame 76
MICHIGAN 95, Missouri 88
MICHIGAN 86, Rutgers 70
Indiana 86, MICHIGAN 68 (2nd place)
1977:
MICHIGAN 92,Holy Cross 81
MICHIGAN 86, Detroit 81
N.C.-Charlotte 75, MICHIGAN 68

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