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And then some.
"lo try10Putpressai em
because Chris is gone and everyone
asks we if Ira gamma fil his Shoes,"
Howerd said. "No., I coin't fill Chris's
shoes. Chi's Shoes we too big to
fill. Tbere will be times when I'm
going to lhavetio step up, but tees
going to be times when all of us will
have to step up."
Minnesota coach Clem Hfaskins
hrantled Michigan the most
talented team in the Big Ten from
one to four this year. He's right.
But just wait, Coach. The best is
yet to come.
Take, for example,, Ray Jackson.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior
forward has been the defensive
stopper for the Wolverines since he
became a regular starter idway
through his freshm an year. Fisher
often assigns him to cover the
oapposition's best player, and
Jackson usually responds.
On the offensive end, Jackson has
ivceivod the least atcetion ofube
foursome. If Michigan had a role
player, Ray Jackson was that player.
But in the latter pan of last
season, and particularly fthoughout
the CAA tournamnent, he displayed
the offensive exposveness that many
thought he had.
Against Coastal Carolia in the
first game of the tournament, Jackcson
poured :in a career-high 19 points.
Then against UCLA. Jackson
equaled the effomt and was probably
the difference between ?Nlichigan
ret rning to te camicosIpgame
and returning to Ann Arbor ahead of
schedule. He went on to average 12.7
for the tourney.
His average for the Meul'ar
"Ray Jackson, if you go back to
the last six, seven games of the
season, he had the two best games of
his career in the tournament," Fisher
said. "Had he not played well, we
would not have continued to advance.
I think that got overlooked alittle bit
and it was more than just being a
'role player' and defending."
Look for more of the same from
Jackson this year with Webber gone.
And look for more of the same
from the rest of the Fab Four.
For Jackson, it was his offensive
game. For Rose, it may be his shot
selection. For King, perhaps his
shooting consistency. And for
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Howard, his rebounding.
In addition, though the media
selected the Wolverines to capture
the conference title - something
the Wolverines did not do with the
Fab Five intact - expectations are
somehow not as high for this team.
Many people will probably notie
surprised if they do well; if they win
the Big Ten; if they goto the Final
Four for the third straight year.
But at the same time, many, it
seems, will not be surprised if they
do not. Why?
Because Webber is gone. Because
the experienced bench is gone.
TPhis team, Fab Four and all, is
full of potential, which means it is
also full of uncertainty.
Last year, everyone knew how
good Michigan was, how good
Michigan could be. This year, they
The Fab Four is clearly not the
same without its fifth member. But
it is not so clear the team will be
worse because of its loss.
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Rose's role in Fisher's offense will
be far from elementary.
"Jalen is going to play all over,"
Fisher said. "Hie may be the first guy
ever to play all five --literally every
spoton the floor-in one game.!I think
you'll see Jalen Rose inside more than
you have either of his first two sea-
In addition, defensive overachiev-
ers Jimmy King and Ray Jackson
will have to remain healthy and play
better than ever before if Michigan is
to rise above the field in the Big Ten.
"I'm looking forward to that chal-
lenge," King said. "Me especially, I
look forward to this year, so I can do the
things I'm accustomed to doing.'
There is noshortage of players will-
ing to excel.
"Juwan is counting Chris' 11 re-
bounds and 15 shots and he says,
'They're mine,"' Fisher said. Despite
theiroff-season losses, the Wolverines
still boast one of the nation's most
talentd andi experienced starting line-
AsFisher understated, "Thebeauty
of our team is, those we've got are
But the coach is also worred about
those Michigan hasn't got.
"We're going to have to get (oontri-
butions) from people who've eidher
played no minutes or ... very limited
minutes underpressure,"bhe continued.
Two of the vacancies will be filled
by freshmen Bobby Crawford, from
Houston, and Olivier Saint-Jean from
Crawford, a 6-foot-3 guard and
McDonald's All-American, will have
tobhandle more than an opposing zone
defense; he isenrolledintheCollegeof
"I was looking for a strong school
academnically," Cmawfordsaid. "(Michi-
gan) also had a great tradition of athlet-
ics. I felt it was a' no lose situation.
"Afterseeing these guysoTfo rthe
pastax of yeas,justtostepouton the
cour and just to see if you can play with
(thm) is exciting," Crawfoxrd said
Crawford' s roommate, the 6-foot-
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player. One of Eurpesi
Saint-Jean competed on
because there are no high s
"I'm trying to see if c
with those guys, 'cause it'
level," Saint-Jean said.
After visting several A
ar hip by North Carolin
was later rescinded whend
signed bluechip prospe
Wallace, which prompted.
father to notify Fisher of his
S ince Fahe rhazalr ea
Jean play in aprep all-star
in California, and beca
Fisher's prospects (Chare
and Avondre Jones) electe
where, Fisher welc omed Sa
In addition to the fresh
of virtual newcomers wil
cobwebs off its Nikes and
more minutes of game pla
possible the last two years
Fisher indicated sopho
Derricks and Dugan Fife w
edly see more court time,d
concerns about each. Thet
senior, guardJason Bossa
Derricks' weight willm
cults oco mpete with the bu
forwards in the league.
"Leon Derricks, pobab
30, is going to beatthepla
that we need him at now,"1
only half-jokingly. "He's 1
diet that they've got (bea
rookie Shawn) Bradley o
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