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Men's Swimming
vs. Purdue
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Monday, January 11, 1988

Page 10

full court
PRESS

Higgins, Calip watch
as Taylor takes over

By ADAM SCHEFTER
Three minutes and forty-one
,sconds into the first half of
Saturday night's game, the horn
sounded as the ball bounced out of
bounds.
I The player kneeling at the
,'orer's table suddenly erected
humself from the floor and into the
basketball game. It was his first
chance to make a contribution in
front of the home crowd.
At that exact moment, two young
men came strolling in from outside
to sit down in a spot that will be all
too familiar to them as the season
ears on.
Sean Higgins and Demetrius
Calip took their seats just in time to
see their replacement, Kirk Taylor,
march onto the hardwood.
H HEADS FROM all angles
turned to look at Higgins and Calip
, st like they did during the first
tvelve games of the season. Except
this time they weren't looking at
players wearing the numbers 24 and
13. They were looking at individuals
out of a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel,
ignominiously wearing a scarlet
letter I'. I- as in ineligible.
Sitting six rows up from the
court that night was not a position
he two players were used to, nor
pne they appeared happy about. Even
fitting on the bench during the start
of the season was something out of
2he ordinary for them.
: Higgins came to Ann Arbor this
past fall as the glamorous star from
Los Angeles. His offensive prowess
'quickly landed him playing time in a
lineup as talented as any in the
country. And he showed that he was
worth every minute of it.
DEMETRIUS Calip was not
as highly acclaimed as his
:counterpart. Yet the jitterbug guard
still exhibited extraordinary speed,
jumping ability, and a tremendous
,enthusiasm in the backup time he
had received.
Now, they both sat there, glumly
watching Taylor take something that
once belonged to them - playing
time.

While Higgins and Calip tried to
orient themselves into their new
environments, Taylor was not
having as much of a problem getting
used to his new surroundings. Going
from someone who received little
recognition to someone who was
well recognized was a situation that,
he had been familiar with.
ATTENDING high school in
Dayton, Ohio, Taylor was not one
of those players being courted by
- every school across the country. He
wasn't one of those players that had
superlatives showered on him in
national recruiting reports. He
wasn't even one of Bill Frieder's pen
pals since way back in junior high
school.
But after he was named Ohio "3A
Player-of-the-Year," leading his
Dunbar Wolverine team to a 24-4
record and the state championship,
and averaging 24 points, 10
rebounds, and five assists per game,
he forced recruiters to take notice of
his talents.
And take notice they did.
Assistant coach Mike Boyd was

informed of a player who was tearing
up the playoff tournament in the
state of Ohio. A friend of his told
him the best player in the
tournament, "was a kid named Kirk
Taylor."
EVEN THOUGH Michigan
had overlooked him throughout the
course of his high school career,
Frieder did not let this stop him. He
immediately got on the case and
inked Taylor's name on the dotted
line. An unpublicized Wolverine at
the high school level had now
attained true Wolverine status in the
collegiate ranks.
This year a similar situation had
been re-enacted. Little press, little
attention and no playing time. On
media day, all of the reporters
gathered around the menagerie of
standouts on the team. Taylor's
presence was barely acknowledged
except for the team photos. No one
would have noticed if he was
missing.
When the season began, his
See TAYLOR, Page 12

Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Sean Higgins (right) and Demetrius Calip (left) were spectators during Michigan's 103-71 victory over the
Gophers Saturday night at Crisler Arena. Higgins and Calip were ruled ineligible last week for failing to
achieve a 2.0 grade point average.

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Recreational Sports
- CHILDREN'S SPORTS-O-RAMA PROGRAM REGISTRATION
TO BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1988, 8:30 am
North Campus Recreation Building
CHILDREN'S SPORTS-O-RAMA is a Saturday morning
program for children ages 4-10.
FOR INFORMATION CALL NCRB AT 763-4560
- INTRAMURAL ICE HOCKEY
Entries DUE: Tuesday, January 12 4:40 pm
Intramural Sports Building
Managers' Meeting: Wednesday, January 13, 6 pm
Intramural Sports Building
Officials' Clinic: Wednesday, January 13, 7 pm
Intramural Sports Building

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