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Henson on Illinois: We're a very
good defensive team, a good
boarding team. We didn't shoot
the ball as well as I thought we
could last year, so offensively
we're not quite as strongnasvwe
Henson on Michigan: Michigan
has everything a ball team needs:
size, speed, quickness, shooting.
They've got everything.
Knight did not respond to the
Raveling on Iowa: We do have
good talent, but it's young and in
most cases unproven talent. It 's
like having the flour, but not
having the butter or sugar to
bake the cake.
Raveling on Michigan: They're a
very enviable type of team. Their
fifteenth player could start for
somebody in the Big Ten.
Frieder on Michigan: I'm not
going to jump off the bridge if we
don't better last year's record. But
I know we're going to be com-
petitive, and be out there fighting
for something somewhere.
Heathcote on MSU: We'll be a
good offensive team, but we'll be
an average to mediocre to poor
defensive and rebounding club
because of a lack of strength and
muscle and size.
Heathcote on Michigan: There
is no weakness unless it could be
complacency or overconfidence.
This could be a club that's a final
four team or national champion.
example set by Roy Tarpley in practice every day, and
quickly understands the effect that gaining 20 pounds or,
more has on opponents.
"I've gotta get stronger," Rice said emphatically.
"We've been working on getting much stronger because
it's an endurance thing, and it helps you do a lot of
Also looking for a starting spot next year will be forward
Loy Vaught, a player perhaps destined to replace reboun-
ding specialist Butch Wade. As a senior, Vaught hauled in
13 rebounds per game with a 25 ppg average. The former
Metro-Conference Player of the Year figures to push some
bodies around in the paint, even though he was named
"Most Likeable" in high school.
"I think I can be a strong rebounder and scorer,''
Vaught said, "but I got to work on
those things. Basically I've done
whatever (Frieder's) asked."
F RIEDER, though, isn't the only
one doing the teaching. Accor-
ding to Vaught, this year's starters
are opening many of the freshmen's
eyes, which helps them reconcile their
lack of starting status.
"When I was being recruited, I wan-
ted to go to a place where I could
start," said Vaught. "But I realized
that by coming here and watching
players like Wade and Tarpley, that
might benefit me more. I could gain
And says Robert Henderson, the
veterans provide that experience with Ri
advice and information in practice. .. . potential t
"I find myself telling them a lot of things in practice
about running plays, missing picks, or different defensive
At 6-9, 205, Vaught has the potential, by gaining some
weight, to replace the 235-pound Wade. Forward Mark
Hughes, a Muskegon native, is a similar player.
At Reeths Puffer High, Hughes averaged 26 points, 12
rebounds and four blocked shots per game as a senior. He
should restore some of the bulk Michigan will lose when
Wade and Rellford leave.
"Next year people will be gone, so the front line will be
(this year's) freshmen," Hughes said. "It'll be wide open,
and hopefully I'll be a starter."
But starting isn't Hughes' concern right now. He must,
first eret used to the intensity of college ball.
"In high school, I played against no one my size," he
commented. "Here, playing against Wade, Rellford, and
Tarpley, everybody goes hard. I'm not used to going hard
every day. It's a little tougher than what I expected."
Guard Billy Butts, a newcomer at 6-3, 170, also found the
program a little overwhelming when he arrived.
"It's a lot of running," Butts said three weeks into prac-
tice. "I was tired, sore and I hurt at the beginning."
Butts, a native of Muncie, Indiana, wants to forget the
embarrassments of beginning practices.
"Gary Grant is the best defensive player in the nation.
When I was handling the ball in the beginning, wherever I
put my body, (Grant) was stealing the ball. But I'm doing a
lot better," he said.
Butts brings to Michigan a 25.1 ppg
average and a liking for the fast break
whichrshould mesh well with the
J.P. Oosterbaan, a 6-10, 220-pound
center out of Kalamazoo Christian,
should, like Hughes, give Michigan
added bulk for the future. But bulk
means muscle gained from getting in
shape, something that's a problem for
Oosterbaan. He knows he can play
with the big guys, but improving his
physical condition will be critical.
"I thought I was gonna die in the
beginning," he said of the running. "I
was probably in the worst shape I've
ever been, but I just struggled
Oosterbaan has also struggled through practice, bat-
tling not fatigue but Tarpley, whom Oosterbaan considers
the best center in the country.
A 58 percent shooter in high school, Mike Griffin at 6-6,
210 could give Michigan an added offensive threat at the
forward position. Like many of the other freshmen, Grif-
fin sees one of his major adjustments to college ball in
"You gotta be prepared," he said. "(The conditioning)
is really tough, but it's good for us. It's more of a
The biggest challenge for all the freshmen will be to
shove aside memories of the Tarpley-Wade-Rellford era.
Right now, however, as Loy Vaught put it, "I'm the person
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Dutcher on Minnesota: We
have four returning starters, but
our forwards are unproven. John
Shasky gives us strengthhat cen-
ter, but after him, we have no
Dutcher on Michigan: They've
got the size. They've got the
numbers. When you look at them
they've got to be the favorites.
Their weakness is they've got too
many good players. '
Falk on Northwestern: We're
going to be a better ballhandling
team, perimeter passing and
perimeter shooting team. But we
don't have a lot of big man depth.
Falk on Michigan: They have
excellent talent and depth at all
positions to go with championship
confidence and experience. They
do lack experience at center if
Tarpley's hurt or in foul trouble.
Keady on Purdue: We have a
strong team. A lot of it depends
on what happens early so we can
get some confidence. We
probably have some good
quickness and we're a good
shooting team, but it remains to
Keady on Michigan: They've got
so many good people back, but
that doesn't mean a lot of other
people don't have good people
Yoder on Wisconsin: Where
Wisconsin is going to be I don't
have a clue. We're better than we
were a year ago.
Yoder on Michigan: Any time
you've got kids that have been
together for four years like they
have, they're gonna be good.
Miller declined to respond to the.
Doily's poll, saying, "Sorry, I don't
do pre-season evaluations. "
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