The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 22, 1992- Page 9
Hoops can still recruit
'M' still draws top men's basketball prospects
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Basketball Writer
Bobby Crawford, a six-foot-three
high school senior from Houston
Eisenhower High School who has
announced his intention to join next
year's Michigan men's basketball
team, means more to the program
than depth at the point guard
position. His commitment informs
the college basketball world that
when it comes to recruiting,
Michigan, despite its abundance of
young, talented players, still has
plenty of clout.
Basketball coach Steve Fisher,
along with certain recruiting gurus,
had expressed concern that
Michigan's Fab Five - the 1991
recruiting class of Chris Webber,
Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, Jimmy
King and Juwan Howard - would
hinder rather than aid the recruiting
"If you were being recruited by
me," Fisher said, "and you were
sitting with your mom and dad you'd
be wondering, 'Am I going to play
with Jimmy King and Jalen Rose
there? And now you've got Dugan
Fife and I'm a guard, where am I
going to play here?' Some of them
voice it and some them don't but we
have to deal with that in every home
and it's been more of an impact than
I thought it would be. It's been more.
of an impact than it should be."
worries, the Wolverines are in the
hunt for some of the nation's top
players. Even though the recruits
may not receive a plethora of
playing time their first year, the
overall quality of the university
overcomes this anxiety.
Sylvester Ford, a six-foot-six
guard from Memphis, visited
Michigan the weekend of October 2-
4. He enjoyed his visit far more than
"It's a really nice campus," Ford
said. "At first I thought it was too far
from home, but now I wouldn't
mind going far away. I liked the
college atmosphere, and the people
Ford is one of the top prospects
considering Michigan. Also on
Fisher's wish list are six-foot-six
small forward Charles O'Bannon
and six-foot-10 power forward
Avondre Jones of Artesia High
School in Lakewood, Calif, and six-
foot-seven small forward Jerry
Stackhouse of Oak Hill, Va.
O'Bannon and Jones visited the
campus the weekend of October 9-
11, and Stackhouse will arrive this
In order for Fisher's fears to
come to life, the Fab Five must stay
until they graduate, thus taking away
time from less experienced players.
But this very well may not be the
case. Both Webber and Rose are
considered good enough to be
selected among the first 11 players if
they were to declare themselves
eligible for the 1993 NBA draft.
"(The belief that recruits will shy
away from U-M) is not true because
virtually everyone is assuming that
Webber and Rose will leave after
this year and Juwan Howard the next
year," Brick Oettinger, recruiting
columnist for The Poop Sheet, said.
"They are an asset rather than a
liability; their high profile helps
rather than hurts."
Even if the entire quintet were to
stay, the Wolverines would still have
playing time to offer. Center Eric
Riley, forward James Voskuil and
guards Rob Pelinka and Michael
Talley will all complete their
eligibility after this season.
"They (recruits) don't look
beyond their nose and say, 'Man,
they're only going to have eight
players when I'm a freshman, at
most,"' Fisher said. "No other
program, if you go through every
roster in America, I don't think there
are two others in the country that
will only have eight returning
players on their team next year."
Of course, Crawford's announce-
ment holds more tangible ram-
ifications than the boosting of
Michigan's reputation. In a crop full
of outstanding point guards, the
Wolverines have been eliminated
from competition for the other
highly-regarded playmakers. Six-
foot Jacque Vaughn of Pasadena
chose Kansas shortly after Crawford
reached his decision, and six-foot-
four Jeff McInnis of Oak Hill, Va.
dropped Michigan from his list.
"If I could get three players, hand
pick three players I'd be really
happy," Fisher said. "That would
give us 11 ... I'd like to have 12
players on scholarship if I could get
it. But I think I need three and I
don't think I can get three in the
early signing period."
The early signing period runs
from November 11-18. Until then,
Fisher and his staff cannot comment
on any specific players.
Michigan forward Chris Webber is so highly regarded that most experts feel he would be a very high pick in next
year's NBA draft. There has been much speculation that Webber will turn professional after this year.
Crew to find tough foes in the East
e by Seth King
For the Michigan women's crew
team, this weekend is a beginning
and an ending of sorts. The ending
occurs as the squad competes in its
final two fall regattas - at the Head
of the Schuylkill Invitational in
Philadelphia Saturday and at the
Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J.
the following day. The beginning is
the unveiling of their new $13,000
At Saturday's competition, the
team faces a test against many of the
East Coast's top crew programs, in-
cluding Virginia, all the Ivy League
schools, and several club teams.
Michigan is the only squad from
the Midwest rowing in either regatta,
Despite the challenge, the Wolver-
ines, believe they will be com-
*petitive, especially with the power
their new boat will provide. In terms
of equipment, the new Vespoli will
draw Michigan even with Wiscon-
sin, one of the nation's top rowing
*"There should be about forty
crews at Philadelphia," junior Nikki
Dobija said. "Last year, we finished
21st out of 45. This year, we have a
e, better boat. We are hoping to
* do better- we want a medal (top
At the Princeton Chase, Michigan
again rows against the Ivy League
crews. In preparation for the back-
to-back regattas, the team has been
tapering its workouts.
"It's a long weekend," Dobija
said. "Instead of continuing to build
and build, we taper down. Since the
two races are within 24 hours of
each other, Friday's a taper day."
This is the team's last official
competition for the fall season.
However, the Wolverines may row
in dual meets against regional foes.
"This is our last major regatta,"
Michigan head coach WVark Roth-
stein said. "We hope to race against
Ohio State or Michigan State a little
closer to home."
Meanwhile, the team will con-
tinue to practice at 6 a.m. on the
Huron River through Thanksgiving.
After that, the squad moves its
workouts inside and focuses on run-
ning, weightlifting, and of course,
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The U-M Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center is pleased to present:
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October 25-October 30, 1992
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10/25/92 3-5pm Ballroom, Michigan Union
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10/25/92 7pm Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
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*6TH ANNUAL SPEAKOUT ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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10/28/92 7:30pm Ballroom, Michigan Union
*TUNING IN AND GETTING ORGANIZED
A talk by Dr. America Bracho about using the media as a community
organizing tool. Dr. Bracho is former director of AIDS Services for
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10/29/92 7pm Anderson Rooms, Michigan Union
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