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Wwalk-ons strut
Wolvernes sci
By SCOTT BURTON slamming
Daily Basketball Writer Makhtar
Amidst the slam-dunking, freestyle But it
ing and bombs-away shooting fea- pure and
redin Saturday night's Michigan bas- the finals
*detball tip-off came a story of a smaller Ward all
rhagnitude - quite literally. King ran
Mickey Zitzmann - a 5-foot 6- a foot in f
ihch freshman guard trying to make delivered
the Wolverines as a walk-on - cre- "They
aked a noticeable buzz for himself in me," Kin
the intrasquad scrimmage, swarming heretonig
amnongst giants that were over a foot event like
tWlier than him. The i
' His game totals in about 10 min- time coac
es of play? No shots, no rebounds, team play
one assist and one very excited player. was hardl
"It'slikeRudy,"Zitzmannsaid. "It's to scout
like adream playing with these guys, in came a s
ftont of all these people. I know if I talents of
riake the team I'm not going to come Nonet
oWf the bench and score points. My job table cont
i$ going to be in practice to play hard man forw
ahd hustle as hard as I can, and maybe the paint,
inspire some of my teammates." missed sh
* Zitzmann was not the only under- Jones loot
dbg making amark forhimself Satur- ing contri
day. Freshman walk-on Adam Jones Mich
von the three-point shooting contest, tice Sunda
defeating Zitzmann in the finals. Fisher wil
The slam-dunk contest was not in time fo
championed by thehumble,however. game wit
It instead turned into a 'anything you "Busir
chn do, I can do better' contest, with said. "We
Jimmy King outleaping finalists theplayfu
,"aceo Baston, Maurice Taylor and day is ov
rod Ward to win the contest.
The theatrics leading up to the final
Were staged by Ward; his reverse slam
Over the body of Travis Conlan sparked
A surge of prop-utilizing drama dunks.
I$aston scripted the mostelaborate stunt, e

stuff in
over the whole time minus
Ndiaye and Dugan Fife.
was King, keeping his dunks
simple, who lasted through
. After Baston, Taylor and
bricked their final attempts,
the length of the court, leapt
from the free-throw line and
home the clinching slam.
kind of handed the contest to
g said. "It was a lot of fun out
ght.I'dliketoseethemhave an
this every year."
ntrasquad game was the first
ch Steve Fisher has seen his
y. However, the scrimmage
.y an effective tool for Fisher
his team, as it quickly be-
showcase for the offensive
f the team.
heless, there were some no-
ributions; all fourof the fresh-
vards slashed impressively in
Ndiaye finished off several
hots with colossal dunks and
ked like he could be a promis-
butor off the bench.
igan had its first closed prac-
ay, and during the next month
ll figure out who plays where
or the November 16 opening
th the Polish National Team.
ness begins Sunday," King
are still going to have fun, but
lness you saw out there Satur-
er. It's time to get serious."

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday. October 17. 1994 9
UNLV buys Massimin
out of disputed contract

Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - The tumultu-
ous two-year reign of embattled
UNLV basketball coach Rollie
Massimino ended Friday night when
he accepted the university's cash of-
fer to terminate his lucrative and con-
troversial contract, paving the way+
for the school to pursue former UNLV
assistant Tim Grgurich for the now-+
vacant post.
Massimino will receive $350,000
a year for five years to leave UNLV,
pending almost certain approval by
the Nevada Board ofRegents Wednes-
day. Additional buyout contributions
will push the total package to about
$1.9 million over the length of the
agreement, announced at a news con-
ference at the Thomas & Mack Cen-
Massimino, who had a record of
36-21 at UNLV, appeared emotional
while speaking with reporters.
"It's been avery long, trying day,"
Massimino said. "This university is a
great institution. I love Las Vegas,
believe it or not. Unfortunately, this
didn't work out."

Massimino said he Wan to o -
tinue coaching, but is unsure w h
next move will be.
UNLV A t hletic )ire D tor I in
Weaver confirmed that the ch o
will seek permission frm h b
attle SuperSonics to spea with
Grgurich, w ho is an asisan m ith3
the NBA team. Grgur ic h was lrme
Coach Jerry Tark an ians t op ade
for 12 seasons.
Sources said the popular Grgurih
is the top candidate and tha has
been offered a contrac t o- 21,Or a
year for three years.
Grgurich was once arged h
not prosecuted by the NCA
fractions Commnittee r a
rules violations at UNLV. I fmun
guilty, he might not have been aV
lowed to coach at an NCAA mem
ber institution.
Assistant coaches T on
Massimino, Rollie's son, an d Da rwi n
Cook will continue to receiv theirs
salaries and medical benefits un
June 30, 1995. Payments to the a
tants will stop if they are hired e e

Freshman Maurice Taylor provides a glimpse of his skills with this slam over
two teammates in Saturday's team dunk contest, where he was a finalist.

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