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Page 8'- The Michigan Daily - Saturday, April 13, 1985
Two more standouts
signed by Frieder


Bo discusses changes

for fall.

Michigan basketball coach Bill
Frieder yesterday brought two more
horses into his recruiting stable for
next year. Mark Hughes of
Muskegon Reeths-Puffer and Mike
Griffin of East Leyden High School
in Franklin Park, Ill. each signed
letters of intent to attend the Univer-
Hughes, a 6-8, 225-pound forward,
waited until his team's basketball
banquet last night to make his an-
nouncement. The two-time All-
Stater averaged 25 points and 11
rebounds his senior year.
HUGHES turned away offers from
Michigan State, Minnesota and the
University of Detroit in choosing
Griffin has strong point averages
both .on and off the court.
Academically, the 6-6, 210 pounder
ranks in the top two percent of a
class of about 850.
Athletically, Griffin earned class
A All-State honors from the Chicago
Sun Times, averaging 24 points and
14 rebounds. According to Michigan
assistant coach Dave Hammer,
Griffin's offensive skills make him
"WE FEEL with his outside
shooting and the teams he's played
for he'll be an excellent recruit,"
Hammer said.
East Leyden's Athletic Director,
William Fribert, said offense isn't
Griffin's only strength. -
"He's an outstanding defensive
player," Friberg said. "He comes
out of an outstanding defensive
GRIFFIN LED that program to a
27-2 record and a bert in the Illinois
state tournament this year.
Hammer said the signings of
Hughes and Griffin, when added to
the signing last November of 6-10
J.P. Oosterbaan, give the
Wolverines a solid base for the
"We definitely need, not for this
year but the following year, people
of the 6-7 to 6-10 category," Hammer

With the Wolverines' starting
front line and substitutes Robert
Henderson and Steve Stoyko retur-
ning, neither Hughes nor Griffin is
likely to see too much playing time,
but Friberg says Griffin knows the
likely limitations of his role next
"He understands what he's going
into," Friberg said. "He knows he's
not going to start. The coaches told
him that."
Tarpley to stay at 'M'
Michigan center Roy Tarpley
reaffirmed his position to stay in
school for his senior year and to
bypass next month's NBA draft.
"For my best interest in both
athletics and academics, I decided
long ago to remain at Michigan for
my fourth and final year," said Tar-
pley, in a statement released
Speculation arose about Tarpley's
intentions after head basketball
coach Bill Frieder received
numerous queries about the 6-11
junior from professional agents.
"I have no idea why these agents
are contacting Coach Frieder
because I'm not going to declare
myself for the NBA draft this year,"
said Tarpley, this year's Big Ten
Most Valuable Player.

With the memories of last years 6-6
season finally fading from people's
minds, a relaxed Bo Schembechler ex-
pressed a note of cautious optimism for
next fall's football season.
"We're having a good spring," said
Michigan's head coach at yesterday's
press luncheon. "I don't know how good
we're going to be, but we're having some
REBUILDING is the main job that
Schembechler will have to cope with
this spring. Gone are 10 starters off last
year's team, including Vince Bean and
Sim Nelson on offense, and standout
tackle Kevin Brooks on defense. Brooks
had a year of eligibility left but decided
it was time to test the pro waters rather
than return to Michigan.
The key loss that Schembechler sees,
however, is at the center position. Art
Balourdos graduated, leaving the spot
wide open.
"We'll have a better offensive line
than a year ago, if we develop a good
center," he said. "It's still a big
problem in that we've got all young kids
in there. It is really a veteran position,
and we don't have a veteran.
"THEY (fresmen Mark Hill and
Dave Herrick, and sophomore Andy
Borowski) have good ability, but
they're young and inexperienced," ad-
ded Schembechler.
The rest of the offensive line will be
anchored by fifth-year returning star-
ters Clay Miller and Bob Tabachino,
along with Jon Elliot and Mark Ham-
merstein, who both saw acfion at quick
tackle last year. Tight end Eric Kattus
has had a strong spring and will provide
a good replacement for Nelson,
Michigan's leading receiver a year ago.
The biggest question in the backfield
is who will start at quarterback. Jim

Harbaugh was the Wolverine starter
last year until he broke his arm in the
Michigan State game. Chris Zurbrugg
then played well in his absence, leading
to questions of who would start this
year, but Schembechler seems to be
leaning towards the completely
recovered Harbaugh.
"I THINK it helps to have Harbaugh
back," he said. "He's showing no effec-
ts from the injury, and he's full go in
practice. We don't baby him."
Also back on offense are Paul Jokisch
at split end, freshman Eric Campbell
(who will move from safety to flanker)
and halfback Jamie Morris, who
Schembechler will move around in the
offense to get him the ball as much as
"If he stays healthy, he is an ex-
cellent small back," said Schembechler
of the lightning-quick freshman. "The
question is not whether he can do it, but
how much can a little guy take?"
Junior Gerald White and junior Bob
Perrymen will most often join Morris in
the backfield.
ON DEFENSE, this year's strength
will lie in the secondary. Last year's
experience was in the defensive line,
but this year, juniors Brad Cochran,
Tony Gant, and Ivan Hicks all return
along with sophomore Garland Rivers
to form a strong, experienced defensive
"Our secondary will be better this
year," he emphasized.
Mike Mallory, leading tackler a year
ago, will be the only returning defen-
sive lineman. The fifth year senior will
be joined by sophomore Andy Moeller.
Sophomore Andre McIntyre could also
see action, but the biggest surprise of
the spring so far has come from Mike
"He had a serious leg break at Min-
nesota two years ago and just had the



Bo Schembechler steps into action in last year's Indiana game. The veteran
Michigan football coach sat down with the media yesterday in the annual
spring football luncheon.

rods removed three months ago," ex-
plained Schembechler. "He lost a step
in speed, so we moved him to middle
guard,' and so far he's been a very
pleasant surprise."
Jeff Akers, Jim Scarcelli, and Dieter
Haren will also see action on defense.
Not known for getting incoming

freshmen a lot of action, Schembechler-
sees nothing different happening this"
"It can always happen, but I'm not
counting on it," he said when asked if
any freshmen would immediately step


... passes up the pros

Thomas sets record;.
Pistons stop Bullets

Netters g
After 16 consecutive Big Ten championships, the
Michigan men's tennis team fell from the top last
season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers, the new title
holders, take on the former charps tomorrow at the
Liberty Tennis and Fitness Club.
The Gophers' top two singles players form the
heart of their lineup. Junior Matt Grace, at number
one singles, was 10-4 entering this week's action.
Grace was ranked number 48th in the nation in the
most recent ITCA poll. At second singels, Chuck Mer-
zbacher was 8-5. The pair also team up in doubles,
and are placed at number 34 by the NCA.
players," said Michigan coach Brian Eisner. "They
form a tough doubles team. Both have excellent
power and both serve well."
bhe duo is not invincible, though. The Grace-
Merzbacher team dropped an important match

c -pher Big
against Indiana last week that ended up costing 3
Minnesota team a win. "The loss was very s
prising," said Eisner.
Minnesota's depth extends to third singles play
Peter Kolaric and number four Casey Merick
"They can count on doing well in the top four singl
It's fifth and sixth singles, and doubles where tlh
are valuable."
BUT THE WINDOW of vulnerability may not
open very wide. David Blackstone, a senior fr
Toronto, was one of the top singles players in the F
Ten in 1984, but he has slipped to number five t)
Minnesota was 3-1 in Big Ten action prior to tl
week's competition.
The Wolverines will have little time to relax aft
tomorrow's battle. The Wisconsin Badgers come
Ann Arbor on Sunday.
THE BADGERS finished third in the conferen

Ten wins
the last year, and have the potential to challenge for this
ur- title this year. Wisconsin's top players are Dan Arerf-
ds (7-6) and Kim Klein (6-4). The Badgers only loss in
yer the Big Ten this year came against Minnesota, 5-4.
el. "Their top three is quite strong," said Eisner of the
es. Badgers. "They drop at four, five and six, but those
iey three are very equal. All three of their doubles teams
are good."
be Michigan will have a tough time topping its per-
be formance in its last outing. Against Notre Dame on
ig Wednesday, the Wolverines lost only one set ip
his cruising to a 9-0 victory. "That was the first day we
had a concerted effort from everyone all the way,"'
said Eisner. Can they do it again? "I think we're
his ready to play equally as well, or even better," the
coach said.
er Eisner isn't downplaying the competition,
to however. "(Minnesota and Wisconsin) are two teams
we'll have to play well against to win. If we don't play
e our best game, they're very capable of beating us."

DETROIT (UPI) - Guard Isiah,
Thomas handed out 21 assists to set an
all-time NBA season record last night
to highlight the Detroit Pistons' 102-96
victory over the Washington Bullets at
the Joe Louis Arena.
With the win, Detroit assured itself of
hosting the New Jersey Nets in the first
round of the NBA playoffs next week.
THOMAS' 21 assists gave him 1,110
for the season, breaking the mark of
1,099 held by former Detroit Piston
Kevin Porter set in the 1978-79 cam-
paign. The record-buster came on a
leaning 12-fot jumper by Terry Tyler at
8:36 of the second quarter, giving
Detroit a 43-39 edge. A turnover stopped
play at 8:17 at which time Thomas was
presented the game ball and given a 50-
second standing ovation.
Tyler scored 18 points for Detroit,
which won its fourth straight and im-
proved its record to 45-36. Thomas ad-
ded 17 points and Kelly Tripucka 16.

Tripucka scored 10 points to key a
Pistons' 59-55 at, halftime, Tripucka
started and ended a 10-4 run to vault
Detroit into a 74-69 advantage.
WASHINGTON shot an anemic 20
percent in the quarter, but found itself
down by only 80-75 heading into the final
The Bullets regained the lead 87-86 at
7:47 following a Charles Jones basket
and two jumpers by Jeff Malone.
Cliff Robinson hit a turnaround jum-
per for a 91-90 Bullets' advantage. But
Earl Cureton sandwiched two baskets
around a Thomas jumper as the Pistons-
jumped back in front 96-91 with 2:33 left
in the game.
Moments later, Dan Roundfield
nailed a 12-foot jumper to put Detroit up
98-91 with 1:54 remaining.
Robinson had 20 points for
Washington, which fell to 39-42, Gus
Williams added 19 points.
Detroit closes out regular season play
Sunday at Cleveland.

1985 Michigan Tennis Starters
First Singles Second Singles
Class; sophomore
Home: Columbus, Ohio
Class: junior Highest National Ranking: 59 (18 and under)
4v_ Home. Newton, Mass. ., Best College Wins: Matt Grace (Minnesota);
Highest National Ranking: 7 (USTA amateur); Martin Hampe (Northwestern) ()
28 (18 and under) p Erk , w ,High School: Upper Arlington
Best CollegeWin:Stephan Erickson, 183High School Accomplishments: Was district
High School: Newton High school champ for three years; class AAA runner-up
High School Accomplishments: state Champ; Most Influential Coaches: Al Matthews and Jim
Team State Champions ~ Frederick, Columbus
Most Influential Coaches: Rick Sharton Favorite Shot: Overhand
(brother); Laury Hammel, Boston. Post-graduation Plans: To go into business with
Post-graduation plans: Pro circuit then father
graduate school fahe
gradute shoolPrefers: Either singles or doubles
Prefers: Either singles or doubles.APre s E ctndrdsi les rhdoubles
Also plays first doubles with Ed Filer. Also plays second doubles with Jon Morris.
Jim Sharton John Royer
Third Singles Fourth Singles
Class:sophomore Class: freshman
Home: Ann Arbor
Home: South Bend, Ind.
Highest National Ranking: 63 (18 and under) Highest National Ranking: 69 (18 and under)
s Best College Wins: Steve Price (Furman), Dan
Best College Win: Richard Matachuszski (Clem- Bes (Wisconsins: snd CPrcke (F eran),hDr
Arends (Wisconsin), and ChuckMerzbacher
High School: South Bend Riley ,igh(Minnesota).
High School Accomplishments: All-State three Scho Accmlshments: Was state
HihSholAcmpihens l-Sae-HighScolAcmlsmnsWa ste
years in a row. AUl-American senior year. champ in three different categories in three
Most Influential Coach: Kevin Morrey, South years.
Bend Most Influential Coach: Jim Holman, Ann Abor
Y Favorite Shot: Backhand Fvrt ht ev
Post-graduation Plans: Law School Post-graduation Plans: Medical School
Prefers: Either singles or doubles Prefers: Singles over doubles
Also plays first doubles with Jim Sharton. Also plays second doubles with John Royer.
Ed Filer Jon Morris
Fifth Singles Sixth Singles
Class: freshman
Class: freshman Home: Toledo, Ohio
Home: Keene, New Hampshire Highest National Ranking: 22 (14 and under)




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