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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 15, 1988
Big Ten honor role kind to


CHICAGO (AP) - Michigan
superstar Gary Grant, a repeater from
last year and a unanimous selection
this year, headed the 1988 Associated
Press All-Big Ten Basketball team
announced yesterday.
Grant was the only unanimous
choice on the team but the other four
players selected also dominated the
voting by a panel of 18 sportswriters
and sportscasters.
Glen Rice of Michigan missed
being unanimous by one first-team
vote and Dean Garrett of Indiana
missed by two first-team votes.
Rounding out the team were Troy
Lewis and Todd Mitchell, both of
A player received two points for a
first-team vote and one point for a
second-team vote. Grant had 36
points, Rice 35, Garrett 34, Mitchell
33 and Lewis 31.
B.J. Armstrong of Iowa topped
the second team as he pulled down
18 points. Joining Armstrong on the

second team were Shon Morris of
Northwestern, Everette Stephens of
Purdue, Nick Anderson of Illinois
and Jay Burson of Ohio State.
Rice led the Big Ten in scoring
with a 22.9 average and Grant was
second with a 21.3 average. It
marked the first time since confer-
ence records have been kept that two
players from one school finished
one-two in scoring.
Grant led the league in assists and
steals and Garrett was No. 1 in
blocked shots.
Grant was also voted Big Ten
Player of the Year and Jay Edwards
of Indiana was selected Freshman of
the Year by the voters. Grant re-
ceived 12 votes to four for Rice.
Mitchell and Lewis received one vote
Edwards, who led the league in
three-point goals, won first-year
honors by a landslide. He received 16
votes to two for Steve Smith of
Michigan State.

Grant Granted Supremacy of Big Ten
The All-Big Ten Basketball Team
First Tearr:
Gary Grant Michigan Senior
Glen Rice Michigan Junior
D an G.ar.ett..ia... Senior
Todd Mitchell Purdue Senior
troy LUwisPurdue Senior
Second Team:
B3J. Arm strong Iowa Junior
=,hlon Morris Northwestern Senior
Everette Stephens Purdue Senior
Nick Anderson Illinois Sophomore
Jay Burson Ohio State Junior
"Player of the Year:
Gary Grant Michigan
Sreshman of the Year.
Jay Edwards Indiana
,-onorable Mention:
Kden Battle Illinois Junior
Jay Edwards Indiana lFrt-year
K.611 Smart Indiawa Senior
Roy M~arble Iowa Junior
Kent Hill Iowa Senior
Terry Mills Michigan Sophomore
Wllie Burton Minnesota.Sophomore
Ricard Coffey Mlinnesota Sophomore
Jeff:Grase Northwestcrn Junior
Jrry Francis Ohio Sltte Junior
Curtis Wilson Ohio State Senior
Mel McCants Purdue Junior
D nny Jones Wisconsin Sophomore
Trent Jackson Wisconsin Junior
Byton Robinson Wisconsin First-yea

Knkherbockers are still
missing pieces to puzzle
Just last weekend, there were cheers emanating from Madison
Square Garden in New York.
In March, there was cheering. Unbelievable.
Yes, people were cheering at the Garden for their favorite Big East
team. But on Saturday night, there were also cheers for the home
basketball team - the New York Knickerbockers.
The Knicks getting cheers? Isn't this the team whose lineup has
been adorned with such All-Stars as Chris McNealy, Ken "the Ani-
mal" Bannister, Ron Cavenall, Eddie Lee Wilkens, and Bob Thornton?
The list is endless.
ISN'T THIS the team that, in the past, needed an act of divine
providence to win fifteen games? Yes. Is this the team, for the first
time in four years, has a chance to make it to the playoffs? Yes. Can
you believe it? ...No.
To everyone's surprise, the Knicks have turned it around. During
the off-season, the Knicks changed coaches and general managers. Rick
Pitino replaced Bob Hill (who?) and has the Knicks playing exciting
basketball for the first time in years.
Scotty Stirling, the brainchild of such trades as two first-round
picks for Jawann Oldham and Gerald Henderson, was fired in favor of
Al Bianchi. Bianchi has already cut the fat, leaving the Knicks with a
decent nucleus and a lean chance at making the playoffs.
THE KNICKS have their point guard in Mark "Action" Jackson.
Jackson will most probably be Rookie of the Year. For the first time
in years, Knick fans are being treated to a fast-breaking offense, led by
the ubiquitous Jackson.
As the Knicks break up the court, Jackson is the leader of the
pack, dispensing Magic Johnson-type passes, as the Knick faithful
"ooh" and "aah" like a Wheel of Fortune audience.
Pat, I'd like a "P" as in playoffs, please.
The Knicks backcourt is bolstered by Gerald Wilkins. The rap on
Wilkins has been lack of intensity in his play. In January, trade ru-
mors involving Wilkins cropped up. But lately, Wilkins has been
playing great as he led New York to two wins on the West Coast.
Two West Coast wins? For the team that had lost 18 straight road
games? Vanna, turn those playoff letters.
AND OF COURSE, the Knicks have a center. 1988 All-Star
Patrick Ewing is one of the best centers in the NBA, and he has yet to
realize his full potential. Ewing is foul-prone and goaltends like a
college player, but he can score. Ewing is among the NBA's elite in
scoring with over 20 points a game.
And that is why the Knicks are still mediocre. That's it. That's the
So the Knicks now have a mission - to fill up the gaps. For in-
stance, the problem with Ewing is that he is the only player on the
Knicks who can score 20 points every night. Because every other NBA
team knows that Ewing is the key for the Knicks, they double and
sometimes triple team him.
That means that Ewing has to pass the ball off to some joker like
Pat Cummings. Pat, can I have a "B" for brick, please?
THIS IS another problem that plagues the Knicks; their bench is
as deep as a Police Academy film. Except for Bill Cartwright, who is
also among the top centers in the NBA, the Knicks have no one to
come off the bench for them. Their starters at the forward position,
Kenny Walker and ex-Piston Sidney Green, should start on the bench.
Hence, the Knicks need lots of help. Where can they turn to? What
can help them?
First of all, they can't make the playoffs. Although it would be
nice to make the playoffs, losing to the Celtics in three, and then
picking ninth in the draft won't give the Knicks the 20-point scoring
forward that they need.
What the Knicks should do is tank the rest of the season. Pack it
in. It was great, fellas. You did well. Now get off the court so we can
get in the lottery.
The Knicks need to miss the playoffs, so they can have a shot at
their saving grace, Danny Manning of Kansas. Manning is the answer
to most of the Knicks problems - he is a great forward, he can score
20 points a game, and he can rebound.
There it is. All the Knicks need to do is get Manning make a cou-
ple of trades, and then they'll be decent, maybe even good. And then
next year the Knicks can get Glen Rice, and they'll be set.
What do you think, Glen?

Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON

Gary Grant was the only unanimous selection to the Associated Press All-
Big Ten basketball team.
Tracksters win honors

Two Michigan athletes earned
All-American honors last weekend at
the NCAA Championships in
Oklahoma City, and one of them
just missed a championship.
Friday night, Sonya Payne, the
Wolverines' sophomore shot-putter,
finished second in the meet with a
career-best throw of 53 feet 3/4
inches. That throw, a Michigan
school record, shattered Payne's
previous personal best by over two
and a half feet.
With the top six performers in
the field of 10 earning All-American
accolades, Payne easily qualified. Her
second-place finish was the highest
ever for a Wolverine woman at the
NCAA indoors.

In two years, Payne has gone
from the number one prep shot-
putter in the nation to being a breath
away from the summit at the
collegiate level.
Michigan's other All-American is
sophomore distance runner, Mindy
Rowand. Rowand finished ninth in
the 3000 meter finals Saturday
night. Her fifth-place finish qualified
her for the All-American honor.
Rowand made the meet with a
time of 9:22.37 finish at the Red
Simmons Invitational a month ago.
Rowand's time on Saturday was
20 seconds slower than that time,
but still almost 30 seconds better
than her best indoor time last
season. "I was overwhelmed by the
meet," said Rowand citing the 4000
spectators and television crews. "I
was, to put it frankly, very scared."
Crew Cuts - Flat Tops
Princetons - Military
Liberty off State 668-9329
- 50 years of service-

A Minority Awareness Symposium:
A Recognition of the Diversity of Our Different Groups
A Search for a Common Ground or a Sense of Community
Upon Which to Base Increased Group Interaction
Saturday, March 19,1988 Room120 Hutchins Hall, University
of Michugan Law School
9:OO-10:00am RudyAcuma.Author, Occupied America
1015-11:15am Donald Tamaki.....Former Exec.:Dir.,Asian
.Law.Caucus; Attorney of
Record: Komatuda.
11:30-12:30pm.Phyllis Alexander.Civil Rights Coordinator of
2:00-3:O0pm Velma Mason Indian Edueation, U.S.Dept.
of Eduication
6:..-7..p...Reception. ..............
Sunday, March 20,1988 Room150 Hutchins Hall, University
of Michigan Law School
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