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Men's Gymnastics
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Hockey
Michigan Oldtimers Game
Saturday, 5:45 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 12, 1986

WILDCATS HEAD ALL-ACADEMIC BASKETBALL S4

Page 8
Ten team

Waduv makes academic

Al-Big

By ADAM SCHEFTER
Usually, the only news in college
sports that one hears about
academics are the bad things.
Athletes not graduating, not going to
classes, or being unable to read or
write, are just a few of these inciden-
ts.
Last week, we were reminded that
there are student-athletes who take
advantage of the education that they
are being offered. The 1985-86 All-Big
Ten academic basketball team was
announced last week and it included
Michigan forward Butch Wade,
among others.
"LABELING ATHLETES as 'dumb
jocks' is unfair," said Wade who has a
3.2 grade-point average while
majoring in communication and spor-
ts management. "There's not a whole
lot to do on the road, so I have a lot of
free time to do work. I worked hard
last semester and managed to get a
few breaks. I really put my mind into
working hard and it paid off."
Academic counselor George Hoey
gives all the credit in the world to
Wade. "That is quite an accomplish-
ment by Butch. The players are
basically on their own. If they haveaan
assignment due and they are going to
be away, it is the players' job to notify
the professor of this and clear the air
before any problems arise.
"My job as academic counselor is to
encourage the athletes about their
work and to make sure it gets done."
Wade's academic success does not
seem to surprise head basketball
coach Bill Frieder. "Butch has
always dedicated himself on and off
the court," Frieder said. "He takes
pride in what he does. He sees the
meaning of an education and values it
highly. Being at such a tough univer-
sity, it is a complement to him to
make the academic All-Big Ten
team."
THE MICHIGAN coaching staff
also has a helping hand in making
sure that the athletes receive good
grades off the court, as well as on the
court.
"The Michigan coaches make you
concentrate on your studies," said the
6-8, 240 pound bruiser. "They make
sure that you go to classes. You had

better do what you are supposed to
and stay out of trouble. Coach Frieder
finds out everything we do. The
coaches are like parents. When Coach
Frieder was recruiting me, he was the
only one who talked about making
sure I got a college degree. My paren-
ts really liked that."
It is safe to say that this is one of
the reasons that Frieder is considered
one of the top recruiters in the coun-
try.
"I MAKE sure that there is a man-
datory study table for the players. We
also take tutors on the road with us if
they are needed. These kids are our
responsibility and we take care of
them," said the sixth year coach.
It almost sounds as if the coaching
staff is a babysitting service. Yet it is

producing and that is what counts.
Northwestern was also well
represented on this year's squad,
placing three members on the team:
Joe Flanagan, with a 3.03 grade point
average, Shon Morris with a 3.42, and
Elliot Fullen with a 3.18. Rounding out
the team is Purdue's Troy Lewis with
a 5.00 based on a scale of 6.0, and Rod
Ripley of Wisconsin with a 3.49.
Northwestern would have placed a
fourth member on the team had it not
been for a knee injury to forward
Chris Berg. In his tenure at North-
western, he has received nothing but
A's, with the exception of one B while
majoring in Engineering.

"Young men choose Northwestern
because of the academics not
athletics," said Wildcat head coach
Rick Falk. "Many athletes go to
schools solely for the sports. Our men
strive for excellence on and off the
court. The fact that six of our team
members are majoring in pre-med or
engineering says something in itself. I
don't think that there is that many:
pre-med or engineerag majors in the
entire conference combined."
Let us pay tribute to these athlete-
scholars. It is nice to have something,
in college athletics to be proud of.
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Butch Wade slams the books much like he slams the basketball. The senior
forward holds a 3.2 grade point average in communications and sports
management which earned himself a spot on the 1985-86 All-Big Ten
academic basketball team.
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Aretha Frankness c
By Dave Aretha
Sports interviews get to be wearisome after a
while. I'm still trying to get over my recent chat
with Hypothetical State coach K. Lee Shay:
E XCUSE me Coach Shay, how about a few com-
ments about yesterday's game.
"Well, what can I say? It was a heartbreaker, you
know. We lost by a basket and it was a tough pill to
swallow. We played well but we just didn't get the
breaks. The ball wasn't bouncing our way.
"But I was proud with the way the boys hung in
there. They came to play and you have to give them
credit."
Your team missed three jumpers late in the second
half. Do you think that was the key point of the
ballgame?
"Yeah, that kinda took the wind out of our sails. But
we're a jump-shooting team and, you know, you live by
the jumper, you die by the jumper. Yesterday the shots
just didn't fall for us."
This puts you two games out in the standings. Are
you worried?
"Oh no. I'm not ready to write us off just yet. As Yogi
Berra once said, 'It's not over till it's over.' I think this
race will go right down to the wire."
What about going into Veteran's Arena?
"Oh, that's just a great place to play basketball. You
could feel the excitement in the air the minute you
stepped onto the court. No question, they love their
basketball down there. It's a basketball hotbed."
And finally, what about the play of your point-guard,
Kevin Thomas? He scored 27 points yesterday.

"liches .
.. coaches love em
"Oh, I just can't say enough about the play of Kevini
Thomas. He's truly a great player. Always gives 110
percent. He's a real competitor. What a player he is."
Do they make 'em like that anymore, Coach?
"No, they don't make 'em like that anymore. He's
the kind of player t hat comes along once in a
generation. He's got what it takes."
He's not a selfish player, is he?
"Oh no, Kevin's a team player. A gamer. He's the
spark that makes this team go. He's not afraid to dive
for the ball if he has to. He does all the little things."
The things that don't show up in the box store?
"That's right. He's a money player. He's the guy you
want with the ball when the game's on the line. He's got
amazing poise for someone his age."
Coach, how many tools does Kevin have?
"He's got all the tools. Kevin is right up there with
the great players of this league..."
..the Thompsons, the Garrisons, the Elliots?
"And the Roses, Johnsons and Spaldings, that's
right. I'm telling you, you got to like the way Kevin
Thomas plays the game of basketball. And not only is
he a great player, but he's a great person too. Yeah,
he's a real quality athlete. A real...uh...a real..."
A real plus, Coach?
"Yeah, that's it. A real plus.
"Well, I hope I answered your questions. I have to
take off. Wife's preparing a big dinner."
I bet your wife's a pretty good cook, huh?
"Oh, let me tell you, she's one heck of a cook. When
she puts on an apron, you know she means business.
What a cook she is..."

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AP .Basket-
ball Poll
1. N. Carol.(63) (24-1).1260
2. Duke (22-2).........1186
3. Kansas (22-3)...... 1073
4. Memphis St. (22-2).. 1000
5. Georgia Tech (18-4)..959
6.UNLV(24-4).......910
7. St. John's (23-3)..829
8. Oklahoma (21-2).....772
9. Georgetown (19-4)...760
10. MICHIGAN (20-3)...726
11. Kentucky (20-3).....546
12. Syracuse (18-3).....564
13. Bradley (24-1)......539
14. Notre Dame (16-4)..497
15. UTEP (21-3).......328
16. Indiana (16-5)..... 316
17. N. Carolina St. (1746) 193
18. Alabama (17-4).....186
19. Louisville (16-7).....163
20. Virginia Tech (18-6).105
With its 83-79 loss to
Illinois last Saturday,
Michigan dropped from
seventh to tenth in this
week's AP Basketball Top
Twenty. Indiana,who won
twice over the weekend,
was the only other Big Ten
team in the poll.
The ACC meanwhile,
continued to dominate the
poll, placing three teams in
the Top Ten and four in the
Top Twenty.

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