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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 12, 1990

King commits to 'M'
Fisher lands second top recruit in two weeks

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by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
And people didn't think Steve
Fisher could recruit.
A little over one week ago Juwan
Howard, one of the top five basket-
ball recruits in the country, verbally
committed to attend Michigan in the
This past Thursday, Jimmy
King, rated as one of the top 20
overall recruits and the second best
shooting guard in the nation, also
verbally committed to come to Ann
Arbor next year.
King, from Plano, Texas, aver-
aged 21.5 points per game last
season while breaking the East
Plano High season and career scoring
records with a total of 688 points.
Although it was his first year at the
varsity level (in Plano's league each
player only plays varsity for two
years), his coach, Steve Adair,
believes King is a "polished" player
who can help Michigan at both
shooting and point guard.
"He's got a lot of athletic
ability," Adair said. "Kansas coach
Roy Williams, who recruited
(Michael) Jordan at North Carolina
said Jimmy had a lot of the same
abilities that Michael had at this

stage.... He's got a lot of hang time
and is very unselfish."
During one game last season the
6-foot-4 guard demonstrated his
range with five 3-point baskets,
while showing off some inside
moves the next evening with six
Last summer he was named MVP
of the Five Star Basketball camp,
and at John Farrell's Nike/Las Vegas
Invitational tournament he led the
defending champion Dallas Slam-N-
Jam team to the semi-finals.
Besides Michigan, King seriously
considered Kansas, Notre Dame,
Georgetown, and Kentucky. His
family hails from South Bend
originally, and the Fighting Irish
seemed like the early favorite.
Eventually, though, his choice
narrowed to Michigan and Kansas.
"Notre Dame's basketball isn't
up to the level that Michigan's is,"
his mother, Nyoka said.
Once it got down to the Wolver-
ines and Jayhawks, his decision
became pretty clear.
"Michigan was the best place for
me for academics and basketball;
with the coaches and players I
thought I would fit in well," King

He plans on going into account-
ing, and could have graduated high
school last year. He spent this year
taking college prep classes, focusing
instead on the stresses of recruiting.
"What he was really concerned
with was where he's going to be
with a degree in five years," his
mother explained. "He also likes
coach Fisher. He's a down to earth
kind of guy. He's a players coach, he
treats everyone fair."
"I think the number one thing is
the academic situation," Adair said.
"It is also a good basketball pro-
gram, with tradition, and also
playing in the Big Ten."
It also didn't hurt Michigan's
chances that Adair lived in Michigan
for 34 years, providing him with
relatively easy access to the Mich-
igan coaching staff. Adair contacted a
friend, Jim Lawson, who went to
college with former Wolverine as-
sistant Mike Boyd. Boyd got the ball
rolling with a call back to Adair.
While the Wolverines' other
recruits didn't influence his decision,
King does look forward to playing
with Howard in Ann Arbor.

1. Minnesota at Michigan
2. Illinois at Indiana
3. Ohio State at Wisconsin
4. Mich. St. at Northwestern
5. Peni St. at Notre Dame
6. Wash. at Wash. St.
7. Purdue at Iowa
8. BC at Miami
9. Texas at TCU
10. Florida at Kentucky
11. Maryland at Virginia
12. So. Carolina at Clemson
13. Nebraska at Oklahoma
14. Ole Miss at Tennessee
15. Georgia at Auburn
16. Oregon at Oregon St.
17. Tex. A&M at Arkansas
18. EMU at Kent St.
19. USC at UCLA
20. Stanford at Cal.


News of Griddes Mania has spread to the Far East. This
Mongolian Marching Band - which has patterned its stunning
uniforms after the USC Trojan Band - is shown here sere-
nading last week's winner Tom Herron with a rousing
rendition of The Victors. While the winner of this week's
contest will not receive an all-expense paid trip to the
band's next gig in Manchuria, the winner does get a $12 gift
certificate to O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub. Don't be late
.getting your entries to the Daily this week. Drop off your
entries before Friday at 5 p.m. at the Student Publications
Building, 420 Maynard Street.


Women's tennis still
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by Becky Weiss
Daily Sports Writer
Though the Wolverine women's
tennis team has tried to establish
regular season doubles partners dur-
ing pre-season play, they just can't
seem to find that right combination.
This weekend's ITCA tournament
in Madison proved to be no excep-
tion as Michigan's only doubles
team, captain Stacy Berg and junior
Kalei Beamon, suffered a disap-
pointing first-round loss to Iowa, 6-
3, 6-4.
"I thought we were going to go
up 4-1 in the first set, and they
wound up losing the set 6-3,"
Michigan coach Elizabeth Ritt said.
"I thought we should have been
more competitive with them."
Juniors Lindsay Aland and Kim
Pratt each won their first two
matches, advancing to the round of
16 in singles, but both went on to
lose their third-round matches.
"Kim had a great comeback in her

first-round match (in defeating Holly
Harris of Wisconsin 2-6, 6-4, 6-4),"
Ritt said. "Lindsay, Kim, and Stacy
all played well."
Berg won her first round match,
6-4, 6-3, and though she lost her
second round match, Ritt felt she had
competed well in the close defeat.
Michigan's other singles en-
trants, Beamon and junior Amy
Malik, experienced first round loses.
Malik fell to the No. 3 seed, Lynn
Mathews of Northwestern, 6-2, 6-1,
and Beamon to Jennie Cheek of
Northern Illinois 7-5, 6-5.
"Amy had a difficult draw playing
the third seed in the first round," Ritt
Looking toward regular season
play, Ritt thought that Wisconsin,
Notre Dame, Northwestern, and
Indiana were the strongest teams at
the tournament.
And though she still had not
found a final doubles connection,
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