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hope, no underachieving
disappointments.
What this team does have is
one responsibility-laden senior,
one wire-thin center and a bench
full of potential starters. Plus,
without the high expectations
shouldered by last year's
Wolverines, Michigan has
nowhere to go but up. Unless, of
course, it loses to Northwestern
- in which case it could fall all
they way to the bottom of the Big
Ten.
What we're talking about,
then, is a team that's, yes:
AVERAGE. It's picked for the
middle of the conference, already
on the bubble for the NCAAs,
and has the potential to beat or
lose to any team in the country.
"I'1lbe honest, I'm a little
nervous," second-year coach
Steve Fisher said of his team's
strengths. "I'm going to have to
wait and see on that. One thing I
like is the attitude they brought
to practice. Right now, they think
they're pretty good."
That's a good attitude to have
since pretty soon they're going to
find out that they're pretty, well,
maybe just pretty young - a
factor which will only hurt more
during tough road games at Duke
and Iowa State.
The team's lone senior, guard
Demetrius Calip, has been
thrown into the captain's spot and
is expected to be the leader on
and off the court.

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Needless to say, the two parties
did not arrive at an agreement,
and Mills sits idly at home while
the Nuggets have opened their
season 0-6.
Two weeks ago, a Denver
public relations representative
revealed that the organization
and Mills were not negotiating,
nor were the Nuggets attempting
to trade Mills. According to the
representative, Mills' only
affiliation whatsoever with the
club was that it owned his draft
rights.
However, last week a
spokesperson for Woolf stated,
"Denver and Terry are talking.
Hopefully something will come
about."
Mills declined several
opportunities to comment on the
situation. According to Woolf's
spokesperson, Mills refused1
comment because he has been in
very close negotiations with the
Nuggets, and he did not wish to
risk complicating his delicate
situation by speaking to the
media.
Former Michigan teammate
Loy Vaught sympathized with
Mills.
"Things will work out for
Terry," Vaught said. "Somebody
will sign him. He's a good guy and
he'll wind out on top."

Higgins
Sean Higgins left school one
year early, but unlike other
juniors who had previously
entered the draft, Higgins was not
guaranteed a high draft choice. In
fact, most people thought he'd
have to learn to speak Italian if he
wanted to remain in the
basketball business.
Lo and behold, commissioner
David Stern finally proclaimed
that Higgins was San Antonio-
bound. The operative word is
finally.
Higgins went 54th. Two
rounds, 27 teams. Last.
'So ;he guy got drafted after

all;' the people said. But he
probably would have been better
off not getting drafted, becoming
a free agent, and trying out for the
club of his choice. Or at least
that's what the people said.
All of these people were quick
to take stabs at Higgins. "That's
all right, I got a lot of flesh,"
Higgins once explained.
Now "The Dean" resides
comfortably in the confines of his
San Antonio home. His biggest
worry is no longer what the
people will say, but rather how to
decorate his living room.
"I'm trying my hand at
interior decorating," Higgins said.
"I've got a lot of silk. My bedroom
furniture is in lacquer and
leather."
Then there's Sean the
musician. Higgins explained that
he'd always wanted to play the
saxophone, but he never had the
time or money. NBA life changed
that, and it gave him a partner as
well.
"David Robinson's going to
give me some saxophone lessons,"
Higgins said. "He plays, and plus
we're both into contemporary
jazz."
Oh, and then there's always
Sean the Spur. Higgins, while

keeping several outside interests,
stresses that the few hours of,
work he does each day is just that
- work.
Higgins signed a three-year,
$800,000 contract with the
Spurs, but money is not the only
distinction between the collegiate
and professional ranks. There is a
related difference, that of
professionalism.
"It's a business, and you do
your job," Higgins said. "You're
professionals now, and if it means
getting yelled at by Coach
Brown, or riding the bench, or
travelling for weeks at a time,
you do it."
But Higgins, who has yet to
turn 22, reflects on being out of
college. He'll return to Ann Arbor
this summer to work toward his
degree, and in an effort to
experience his lost senior year, he
spends time at the Texas-San
Antonio campus.
Higgins has averaged 3 points
a game on a talented squad that
will surely contend for the NBA
Championship. San Antonio's
coach, Larry Brown, is an
animated motivator whose
effective ranting is caricatured on
Robinson's Nike commercials.
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Before we start the 1990-91
men's basketball season, let's get
a few things straight.
Rumeal is gone.
Loy is gone.
Terry is gone.
Mike is gone.
And, yes, even Sean is gone.
They're all gone, and they
aren't coming back. No matter
how hard you think about them,
the Wolverine stars ofthe past
:eed will not be playing this year.

So stop dreaming about NCAA
championships and start cheering
for what you've got - which, I
repeat, is absolutely nothing like
last year's team. Welcome to
men's basketball -1990-91 style
- where game programs are
mandatory and senior-class rings
(or all other rings, for that matter)
are scarce. Unlike the teams of
the past several years, this
Michigan squad includes no All-
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