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1994-95 Associated Press Preseason All-America Team

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A five-member recruiting class that
includes Jerod Ward, who won the
Naismith Award as the nation's top
high school player, comes to Ann Ar-
bor this season.
It may sound like a familiar sce-
nario to Michigan fans, but don't
expect the same results as three years
ago. With three returning starters, it
is unlikely that all five newcomers
will make the starting lineup to-
gether this year.
Ward may be the most heralded
member of this class, but the other four
are talented players as well.
"They bring a very talented mix of
players that can play a variety of
spots," Fisher said.
The rest of this year's class in-
cludes forward Willie Mitchell, Mr.
Basketball in the state of Michigan,
along with center-forwards Maceo
Baston and Maurice Taylor and guard
Travis Conlan.
The freshmen have already drawn
the praise of their teammates.
"They can play," Jackson said.
"I mean they're just like everyone's
been saying. They've impressed me
a lot."
"They're really athletic players,"
Saint-Jean said. "Once they learn
about Big Ten basketball and what it
takes to be a player at Michigan,
they're going to be great players.',
Perhaps the biggest hurdle this
group will face in the early going is
the countless comparisons between

themselves and the group that included
Webber, Jackson, King, Rose and
Howard.
Already nicknames such as Fab Five
H, Fab Six Through Ten,FabFive: The
Sequel, and Fab Five: The Next Gen-
eration have already been given to this
group.
"We're well aware that people are
going to do that," Ward said. "We're
just trying to go out and help Michi-
gan keep a winning tradition and win
basketball games."
Ward, capable of playing up front
or at guard, averaged 27.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg
and shot 64 percent from the field his
senior year at Clinton High School in
Mississippi. Several publications listed
him as the best high school player in the
nation.
Averaging 26.9 ppg and 13.3 re-
bounds a game as a senior, Taylor
finished third behind teammates
Mitchell and Conlan for the Michigan
Mr. Basketball award.
Mitchell claimed the honor after
leading Detroit Pershing to the Class
A state finals with 21 ppg and11 rpg.
Conlan was the runner-up for
Mr. Basketball after averaging 21.5
ppg, 7.5 assists per game and a state-
best 8.5 steals per game. He led
Lake Shore High School to the Class
B championship, accumulating a 28-
0 record.
Baston joins Jackson, King and
Crawford as Wolverines who hail
from the state of Texas. Baston av-

eraged 24 ppg and 12 rpg in his final
season at Spruce High School in
Dallas.
Several of the freshmen will be
asked to fill the void in the frontcourt
left by Howard. Baston, Taylor and
Ward stand at 6-feet-9, providing
the Wolverines with plenty of
height.
"One of my concerns is who's go-
ing to play in the paint for us," Fisher

said. "Maybe Makhtar wi
cantly better this year th
was thrust into an impossi
a year ago."
Ndiaye and Ward like
the two other starting
beginning of the season
could be made as other
velop.
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for one of those startings

ing to play in the paint for us," Fisher for one of those starting
if

INTRAML
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Corliss Joe
Williamson Smith
6-7, F, Jr. 6-10, C, So.
-Arkansas Maryland

Michael
Finley
6-6, G, Sr.
Wisconsin

Damon
Stoudamire
5-11, G, Sr.
Arizona

Finished one vote short of being
a unanimous selection...One of
five starters returning to defend-
ing national champions...named
SEC Player of the Year last
season with 20.4 points per
game and 7,7 rebounds per
game...shot 63 percent from the
field...selected as a second-team
All-American team a year ago.

Led the Terrapins to the NCAA
Regionals a year ago...Averaged
19.4 ppg and 10.7 rpg and
played 30 minutes a game...ACC
Rookie of the Year...just the third
freshman ever to be named to
the All-ACC first team...led
league in rebounding, second in
block shot, and was third in
scoring.

One of the nation's most versa-
tile players...Averaged 20.4 ppg
and 6.7 rpg as the Badgers
advanced to the NCAA Tourna-
ment for the first time in 47
years...shot 36 percent from
three-point range...two-time
Wisconsin MVP...ranks fourth on
the Badgers' career scoring list.

May be the quickest guard in
America...finished last season
with 18.3 ppg, 5.9 assists per
game, 4.5 rpg and 1.6 steals per
game...fifth on Arizona career
assist list with 443...participated
with Team USA at the Goodwill
Games this summer in St.
Petersburg, Russia.

Shawn
Respert
6-3, G, Sr.
Michigan State
Arguably college basketball's
best three-point shooter...shot
45 percent from three-point
range...averaged 24.3 ppg with a
48 percent field goal
percentange...returns for coach
Jud Heathcote's final season
with the Spartans.

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East Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, N.Y.
Southeast Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
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