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Michigan Scouting Report

Rose, King, Pelinka showcase
Fisher's eight-deep rotation

Michigan's James Voskuil shoots for excellence in
Crisler Arena and on North Campus

Pace an aeronautical
engineer at a computer
and he might'design
rockets for NASA - give him a
basketball and he might prefer
studying the aerodynamic effects
of the ball's grooves over shoot-
ing it.
On the other hand, put a
Division I basketball player at
an engineering workstation and
he might not know how to turn
it on - of course, give him the

year senior Rob Pelinka said.
"He's both in engineering classes
up on North Campus and then
everyday he comes to the
basketball court and competes at
practice."
So how does Voskuil do it?
Wouldn't most students be
happy to boast a 3.4 G.P.A. or a
spot on a varsity team, let alone
both?
"It's been quite a run. Taking
five years really helped," the

of his closet for the summer. A
Big Ten European traveling
team was developed two sum-
mers ago to expand conference
recognition and appeal. Not one
to pass up a free trip, Voskuil
accepted the invitation to
participate in the inaugural
journey.
The European twist would
become a trend in his summers.
He returned to the continent
twice last summer, first with his
Wolverine teammates, and then
a return trip with the Big Ten
team.
In little more than a year,
Voskuil played 26 games over-
seas, visiting such countries as
Sweden, Finland, England,
Belgium, Netherlands, France,
Italy, Switzerland, and Yugosla-
via. While the distance from
Venice to Ann Arbor is great, it
took Voskuil longer to get here
from his home in Grand Rapids.
Eu.

rafters to settle the OK Gold
Conference championship,
Steigenga and his South Chris-
tian teammates conquered
Calvin Christian twice. Com-
bined with the loss to Saginaw

by Andy De Korte
summer residence in Holland
(Mich.)," Voskuil said. "So we
started playing one-on-one
towards the end of the summer.
I saw his Big Ten ring over the
summer, and it looks really

'1 think James Voskuil really represents what a
student-athlete is. He's both in engineering
classes up on North Campus and then everyday
he comes to the basketball court and competes
at practice.'
- Rob Pelinka

Nouvel in the quarterfinals of
the tournament, all of Calvin's
losses were to eventual state
champions.
Although they knew each
other before their college days,
their friendship really thrived
last summer. Voskuil also
revealed his jealousy is not
limited to the high school
competition.
"His parents moved about
three miles away from my

good, like something I should
have on my finger. We get along
really well. There's a rivalry, but
it's really healthy - nothing
negative."
The rivalry may well have
been for playing time if Midhi-
gan State had been successful in
recruiting Voskuil.
Well-known for his ability to

The Michigan coaching staff
faces the tough task of establish-
ing an acceptable rotation to get
the Wolverines' eight guards
adequate playing time. Sopho-
more Jen Rose (6-foot-8, 186
lbs.) is likely to start at the
point. Rose set the school scoring
record for freshmen last year
with 597 points, and his 17.6
points and 4.0 assists per game
led the team. Rose teamed with
Eric Riley to save the Wolver-
ines from Oklahoma State in the
tournament, scoring 25 points
and adding 11 rebounds in the
75-72 win, and was named
Southeast Regional Most
Outstanding Player for his
efforts.
During the regular season,
Rose's finest hour came at
Michigan State, where he scored
eight overtime points, including
a key three-pointer, to lead the
Wolverines to a comeback 89-79

victory.
Like Riley, Rose trained
heavily over the summer, and,
according to Fisher, gained
considerable upper-body
strength.
Backing up Rose at the point
is senior Michael Talley (6-
foot-1, 187). Michigan's Mr.
Basketball in his senior year of
high school, Talley became one
of the forgotten players behind
the Fab Five last year. His stats
dropped considerably from the
1991 season, when he was
Michigan's second-leading
scorer. However, Talley was also
slowed by multiple injuries last
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during the NCAA tournament.
Talley's high point last season
came at Iowa, where he scored
16 points, along with six assists,
two blocks, one rebound, and one
steal. Talley summed up his
situation when he said, "I'm not
real sure what type of rotation
we're gonna have. Hopefully, I'm
in that rotation."
Jimmy King (6-foot-5, 194)
should get the start alongside

Rose
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Pelinka

Entering Calvin Christian
High School at six-feet-one,
Voskuil stood out in a crowd. In"
addition to leading his Class C
basketball team to a 22-3 record,
the six-foot-six senior also
played varsity soccer and varsity
tennis during his high school
career. Calvin Christian was the
only Class C school in its confer-
ence and played only six Class C
schools all season, including five
games in the state tournament.
Voskuil was part of a strong
1988 Grand Rapids class which
included seven Division I
players, most notably Michigan
State standout Matt Steigenga.
Since he and Steigenga (South
Christian HS) were both all-
state selections, played in the
same conference, and chose Big
Ten schools, they have been
compared frequently.
Their styles of play differed r
- Steigenga stayed closer to the
DOUGLAS KANTERIDaily basket and played a moreT;
at a CAEN lab on North Campus. physical game - whereas
Voskuil tended to utilize the ..
two-time academic all-Big Ten perimeter more and could go
selection said. "I have a pretty hard inside. The majority of
specific curriculum guide that I recruiters preferred Steigenga,
go by as far as taking so many even though the basis of the
engineering credits per semes- comparison differed.
ter. About the comparisons,
"I kind of slack off during the Michigan coach Steve Fisher
year. Compared to a regular chides, "Everybody talked about
engineering student who might Voskuil like he was a poor man's
take 15 engineering credits a Matt Steigenga. I kept saying to
term, I only take 12, sometimes him you're going to be the best
less with LSA classes, then player ever to come out of GrandA
make them up during the Rapids, so that's what were
summer." vorking on."
Howevpr, Voskuil b d 3 . When the two clashed in hi le
retires his Nikes to the top shelf school gymnasiums filled to the Showing his athletic prowess.,Voskuil slams home the melon.

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Voskuil studies aerospace engineering
rock and he can light up the
scoreboard.
Unfortunately, stereotyping
athletes as unintelligent and
engineers as unathletic limits
their production to one field
despite the range of talent they
may possess. With a 3.4 grade
point average in aerospace
engineering, James Voskuil
smashes the myths and provides
a model for students and ath-
letes alike.
"I think James Voskuil really
represents what a student-
athlete is," teammate and fifth-

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