8- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 9, 1993
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By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
Imagine that it is 5:00 p.m., the day befon
the big exam. You take a one hour nap an
continue to study. You don't feel too muc
pressure since preparing for this exam is you
Some people don't have this luxury.
College athletes are expected to be stu
dents first and athletes second. However, it
very difficult to expect athletes to excel in th
classroom and on the playing surface whe
their schedules are overly demanding.
Members of the Michigan hockey team mu
overcome this dilemma every year--1993 is n
exception. The team mustpracticefor, andplay i
EVAN PETRIE/Daily two games on Dec.10-11 and then two more o
Dec. 17-18, all while trying to study for finals.
Freshman Jason Botterill and his classmates are learning their first lesson in what it takes to This can be a harrowing experience fo
balance a week of final exams with four CCHA games and practice. Michigan travels to Kent anyone on the team, especially a freshman
State for a pair this weekend, then returns home for a series against Illinois-Chicago. The adjustment to life as a student-athlel
finally caught up to one member of the team
freshman Mike Legg. He and the coaches have
- decided that it is in everyone's best interest to
re have him sit out a week to catch up in his
d classes and to prepare for finals.
,h Legg should not be embarrassed with his
ur situation. People should understand just how
difficult it is to balance schoolwork and par-
ticipation in major college sports. He should
u- be commended for recognizing the problems
is he was having and rectifying the situation.
e Michigan head coach Red Berenson obvi-
n ously understands the meaning of the student-
athlete, and is responsive to the difficulties a
st first-year player might encounter.
o "We don't want (Legg) to have a negative
in academic experience," he said. "It is not a
n punishment, just a chance to get caught up."
It takes a long time for many to learn the
r balance necessary for success on and off the
n. ice. With nine freshman on the team, the
te veterans and coaching staff will have their
n, hands full keeping the younger players fo-
cased during the next week.
If you take a look at the Michigan athletic
schedule for the next two weeks there are only
three squads that compete while exams are
taking place, the hockey team and both bas-
ketball teams. Only the hockey team must
compete in league action.
In aconference as competitive as theCCHA,
every game counts. The Wolverines must beat
the Kent State's and UIC's of the world if they
want to remain in first place. That leads to a lot
of pressure week in and week out. Something
must be done so that the players can forget
about the demands of hockey for a couple of
days and devote themselves to their studies.
"It is a definite problem with our schedule,"
Berenson said. "We've tried not to have agamein
ules.Hopefully itwillnot beaproblemnextyear."
I am sure that Mike Legg, and the rest of
the Michigan hockey team, would agree with
Hill looks to become more cocky for Blue Devils
Senior passes up NBA, returns as leader of Hurley-less Duke
By GENE GORMAN
Senior Grant Hill, a member of the
Duke men's basketball team, has a
serious problem with arrogance - he
desperately needs more of it.
"I wasn't ready to step up lastyear,"
Hill said. "I don't think of myself as
being different from other Duke stu-
dents or my teammates. A couple inci-
dents happened and I lost trust in people
who I thought were my friends. In
doing that, I went into deep thought
my friends, and
ted that every
year the same
things are writ-
ten and said
about him, that
heis"unassum- Saturday, 1 p.m.
ing" or "not ag- CBS
gressive." Ev- Crisler Arena
ery year, he is
asked the same questions and forced to
give the same answers.
Every fall he struggles to explain
the fact that what he is capable of doing
physically just happens, while what he
needs to do mentally, to realize his full
potential, does not.
"Maybe because things had always
come easily for me on the court, I really
didn't know the mental approach of what
ofinthatlight,"Hillsaid. "Ithink thatI've
always believed that I could do it, but I
don't know if I wanted to do it."
In some way oranother, every talented
person must overcome the natural fear of
the responsibility that accompanies great-
ness. Hill said that this is the year that he
really wants to do just that.
So what's the difference this year?
Why should Hill's 1993-94 season be
previewed any differently than his last
"I want to look back on my senior
year and say, 'Hey, I did all I could
do,"' Hill said. "In a way, I'm tired of
people doubting me and saying that
I'm not assertive."
The loss of a great player, All-
American point guard Bobby Hurley,
means that Hill will have to step for-
ward and be a true team leader.
But wait a minute. Last year, the
storyline was the departure of 1992
National Player of the Year Christian
Laettner, and how Laettner's absence
would result in Hill's presence.
According to Hill and many of his
Duke teammates, Laettner was brash
and arrogant. Hill said that he thinks he
might need a small dose of Laettner's
cockiness in a way that would
strengthen his on-court personality.
"The team needs me to be selfish,"
Hill said. "I'm not going to go out there
and be a jerk. But I'm going to go out
there and be more confident in myself
and more assertive."
Hill (18 ppg, 6.4 rpg) has had a
highly-lauded career at Duke. He is
everybody's preseason All-American
and one of the front-runners in the race
for player of the year honors. But even
he admitted that it has not been a great
career when compared to those of
Laettner, Hurley, or 1986 National
Player of the Year Johnny Dawkins.
Hill said that he sees this season as
his chance to prove himself worthy of
being talked about in the same way as
the aforementioned former Duke stars.
"I want to be the college player of
the year," Hill said. " I want to win a
(third) national championship. I want
to be the first pick in the (NBA) draft.
IfIdon't then in some ways I've failed."
On his left arm, Hill sometimes
wears a watch he was given for being
selected a Playboy All-American. He
is not really sure what it means.
The watch shows a small figure
standing before a group of other fig-
ures, not exactly people, but the outline
of them. Small black dollar signs are
rising from the crowd. Across the top,
against a yellow background are writ-
ten the words "Excellence Saves."
Hill's decision to remain at Duke
for his senior year, despite the millions
ofdollar signs floating around theNBA,
was a function of who he and his family
are. More importantly, coach Mike
Krzyzewski said that he feels Hill
needed the extra year.
"I think he needed to stay and learn
to be a dominant player," Krzyzewski
said. "I think he has to be able to say and
do what he thinks. That's it. He under-
stands the game. He thinks dominant
thoughts. In the last couple of years
because we had some other outstand-
ing players, when he had those domi-
nant thoughts, he might defer them to
Hurley or Laettner."
Hill has had many dominant
thoughts -dunking against Kansas in
the 1991 NCAA title game, shooting
eight of eight to help beat North Caro-
lina in 1992, taking over for the last
seven minutes in the 1992 NCAA final
By his own admission, though, Hill
has not always been a dominant figure
on the hardwood in his first three years
as a Blue Devil.
"I know it's my time," Hill said. "I
look back and regret (that) I didn't do
the things that I can do."
Krzyzewski and Virginiacoach Jeff
Jones agree that he can do just about
anything on the basketball court.
"Grant Hill is probably the most versa-
tile player in college basketball today,"
Jonessaid. "Notonlycanheplay anumber
of different positions, but he can actually
change his game based on what his team
needs at the moment."
For Hill and Duke, the time is now.
The challenge of 1993-94 is to prove
one more time that he is acollege super-
star. Duke's coaches, players and fans
are hoping that he will be able to figure
out what the phrase on his watch means.
His watch tells him that he is late for
practice or that he has to stop signing
basketballs and rush off to class. It also
has one more thing to tell him: "Excel-
It is a lesson that he must learn
before he can become the player that
everyone wants him to be.
Department of Recreational Sports
INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAM
1993, Fall Term Champions
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