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White commits to Michigan

Inkster hoopster
ny RYAN WHITE
Daily Basketball Writer
INKSTER -Amidst friends, fam-
ily, coaches, teachers and the mayor
of the city, Albert White made the
announcement that surprised no one.
"I have decided to attend the Uni-
versity of Michigan," said the 6-foot-
6 forward yesterday as he donned a
Wolverine cap.
Moments before White made his
verbal commitment, Inkster High ath-
letic director George Thompson pre-
sented him with "the 500 scholar-
.ships he did not pick."
White, who had narrowed his
choices down to Cincinnati, Ken-
tucky, Minnesota, Kansas and Michi-
gan State, had a number of reasons for
choosing to go to Ann Arbor.
"One, Michigan is a program that
has an excellent academic and bas-
ketball tradition," he said. "Two,
coach Steve Fisherand assistant coach
Scott Perry made me feel that I was
very important to the future success
of Michigan basketball. Three, with
the type of players that are there now,
IJam confident that we can win a lot of
games and maybe even a national
championship."
Last season White averaged 20
points, 15 rebounds and 3.7 blocked
shots for the Vikings. This summer he
competed in the World Junior Cham-
pionships in Argentina as part of the
United States under-19 team.
"I'll compete, I'll tell you that
right now," White said. "And as far a
minutes, whenever I get in I'll play as
hard as I can."
White, who compares himself to
the Phoenix Suns' Charles Barkley,
says he is a swingman capable of
playing anywhere.
"I don't feel that there are posi-
tions on the floor, really," White said.
"Once you get on the floor it's time to
play."

first '95 recruit for Wolverines

While positions aren't that impor-
tant to White, they probably are to
Fisher. White will probably be fit in at
the second guard spot.
Whether he is playing guard or
forward, White will be competing
with Jerod Ward and Willie
Mitchell, members of this year's
freshman class.
This season's class of Maceo
Baston, Mitchell, Maurice Taylor,
Ward and Travis Conlan is consid-
ered the nation's best.
White is the beginning of what
could turn out to be another top
recruiting class for Michigan. The
Wolverines are still recruiting De-
troit Murray-Wright star Robert
Traylor and Chicago standout Kevin

Garnett.
Saginaw Buena Vista's Terrance
Roberson is also reportedly close to
announcing that he will be attending
Michigan.
White has known and played with
many of this year's class and said that
Taylor and Conlan were probably the
two players that most sold him on._
Michigan.
"I never thought I couldn't cont--
pete (in college), and I never will," he
said. "I think that I can compete at any
level."
White must now wait until
November's early signing period
when he can sign his national letter of
intent.

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The Michigan field hockey team defeated Michigan State yesterday on the strength of two Michelle Smulders goals.
F Mhgnield hockey sticks Mcia State

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Writer
Keyed by a sensational perfor-
mance by sophomore attacker
Michelle Smulders, the Michigan field
hockey team dismantled Michigan
State, 2-0, last night at Oosterbaan
Fieldhouse.
Smulders, who leads the team in
scoring with 14 points, scored both
*Wolverine (2-3 Big Ten, 6-6 overall)
goals and created havoc for the Spar-
tan (0-5, 2-7-2) defense. Whether she
was creating penalty corner opportu-
nities or blowing by her defender,
Smulders was all over the field.
"Michelle was focused and did
smart things," Michigan coach Patti
Smith said. "She won every battle
with her back."
Early on, it didn't look like
'omulders would get a chance to put
on a show for the Wolverine faithful.
Michigan State began the game
aggressively. The Spartans were able
to stop Michigan from penetrating,
and kept the ball in the Wolverine half
for almost the first ten minutes of the
game. Surrendering three early pen-
alty corners, Michigan appearedover-
onfident after its upset of No.5 Penn
"tate last weekend.
"We weren't flying, and no one
was really creating," Smith said.
As if on cue, the Wolverine for-
wards began their assault.

With Smulders and junior
midfielder Sherene Smith leading the
way, Michigan began its onslaught of
Spartan goalie TriciaGann. Smulders,
in particular, was able to blow by the
State defenders and flew down the
right sideline on numerous occasions.
But a weakness haunting the Wol-
verines reared its ugly head.
Michigan's inability to capitalize on
scoring opportunities was clear in the
first half. Numerous near-misses by
the Wolverines allowed the Spartans
to keep the match close. Coach Smith
was not pleased with this aspect of her
team's game.
"If we're going to take a step up,
we've got to convert on our shots and
our corners," Smith said.
Going into halftime, the teams re-
mained scoreless. However, Michi-
gan knew that it had an advantage on
its opponent. After controlling the
tempo for most of the half, the Wol-
verines knew thatthey wouldtriumph.
"We were totally confident," jun-
ior defender Jennifer Lupinski said.
"We knew it was just a matter of time
(before we would score)."
Lupinski couldn't have been more
right. At the 27:23 mark of the second
half, with Smith yelling "You gotta
want it, Blue!" Smulders scored. She
juked by two Spartan defenders before
putting the ball past Gann. After this
goal Michigan beganplaying with more

emotion. '
The teams then went back and
forth for the most part of the second
half. Although Michigan failed to con-
vert on scoring chances inside the
circle, the Wolverines earned their
eighth penalty corner.
Lupinski cleared the ball from the
goal line, and sophomore defender
Bree Derr lined up the ball. Smulders
took the shot and scored.
The goal was Smulders' sixth of
the year. She did not score all of last
season. Smulders acknowledged that
the color of the opponents' jerseys
had nothing to do with her perfor-
mance.

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