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1995 All-America Team
Two seniors from the Pac-10 - Ed O'Bannon of UCLA and Damon
Stoudamire of Arizona - and two sophomores from the Atlantic Coast
Conference - Joe Smith of Maryland and Jerry Stackhouse of North
Carolina - joined Shawn Respert of Michigan State on The Associated
Press' All-America team Tuesday.


Page 10
March 15, 1995

Taylor named the best of
Big Ten's freshman class
By Scott Burton
Daily Basketball Writer
What rewards are there for bumping and grinding with the big boys of the
Big Ten conference all season long? For Michigan forward Maurice
Taylor, the answer came yesterday when he was named the Big Ten's
Freshman of the Year.
Taylor joins Chris Webber (1992) and Gary Grant (1986) as Wolver-
ines honored with the rookie award since its inception in 1986. Taylor was
the consensus pick by the conference's coaches and media panel.
"I am really excited and overjoyed about it," Taylor said. "I really worked
hard for it, and my team helped me get it."
Taylor was apart of one of the most esteemed recruiting classes in college
basketball history. Along with Jerod Ward, Maceo Baston, Travis Conlan
and Willie Mitchell, Taylor was a part of a freshman group that was quickly
compared to the Fab Five.
Unlike the Fab Five, however, Taylor was the only freshmen who was
allowed to regularly infiltrate the starting lineup. He started in all of
Michigan's Big Ten games, and in 28 of 30 games overall.
"I just wanted to come in and do what I had to do to help the team win,"
Taylor said. "What ever the coach needed me to do, I was going to do. That's
all I expected from myself."
In conference games, Taylor did more than what Michigan coach Steve
Fisher ever expected. He averaged 12.5 points per game, third highest on the
Wolverines, and 5.2 rebounds per game. Additionally, he ranked seventh in
the Big Ten in blocked shots with 19.
"Out of the gate for us, he had the physical characteristics with size and
strength," Fisher said. "He had a chance to contribute for us and he did."
SPEAKING OF FRESHMEN: One of the most heralded high school players
ever, Kevin Garnett of Chicago's Farragut H. S., keeps dropping hints that
he wants to be a Michigan man. According to the Chicago Tribune, Garnett
made a fuss when a reporter wore a Kentucky basketball shirt in Farragut's
"You better have a Michigan T-shirt inside," Garnett said.
Garnett has never been shy about his affection for, the Wolverines.
However, he still has to pass his college entrance exams before he can decide
on his basketball future.
SPEAKING OF AWARDS: Michigan senior forward Ray Jackson was
selected second-team All-Big Ten. This season, he led the Wolverines in
points (15.4 ppg), rebounds (160) and assists (91).
After being a perennial All-Big Ten honorable mention selection, senior
guard Jimmy King made the jump to the third-team. For the third straight
year, King increased his scoring average (14.5 ppg) and he led Michigan in
steals (56).
King also finished his regular-season career fourth on Michigan's all-
time games played list (129 games). Should King play five NCAA Tourna-
ment games, he would tie Glen Rice and Loy Vaught for first on the all-time
Taylor, on top of being named the Big Ten's Freshmen of the Year, made
the honorable mention team.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year Winners

Western Kentucky's
Hall 'more mature'

By Michael Scott
College Heights Herald
When he was younger, he was
always a cut-up. Not one to be mis-
chievous or looking to get in trouble,
Darius Hall was full of energy from
day one, his mother said.
But Deborah Hall said people who
have known her son most of his life
have noticed a change in the last year.
vs. Western Kentucky
Thursday, approximately 10 p.m.
University of Dayton Arena
"I've noticed that he's more ma-
ture," she said. "My parents and
friends, when he visits, they comment
on how mature he is."
Darius Hall began his junior year
starting at center for the Hilltoppers,
but lost his starting job midway
through the season. Now in his final
year, he's back in the starting line-
up and averaging 9.5 points, 6.8
rebounds and almost two blocked
shots per game.
"I had to do a lot of soul search-
ing," Hall said. "Compared to last
year, I have a lot more focus. It was a
matter of growing up."
Senior forward Derek Flowers,
who came to Western the same year
as Hall, said the changes in Hall are
"We're best friends," Flowers said.
"When he first got there, he expected
to be pampered. But now, he's learned
to take on responsibility. His attitude
is he's going to earn it."
Hall has also become more fo-
cused in his classes. He originally
planned to work for the FBI and got
off to a slow start academically.
Judith Grimm, tutoring coordina-
tor for athletes, said Hall's class work
has been excellent.
"He wasn't exactly aquick starter,"
she said. "I can honestly say I've seen
more progress with Darius Hall than
almost any other student I've worked
Hall carries about a 3.0 grade point
average in his major, and a 2.5 GPA
Instead of working in law enforce-
ment, Hall decided to pursue a degree
in physical education so he can teach
at the high school level.

"I can still help people and not put
my life in danger," Hall said. "I put
more effort into it now. The better the
GPA, the better the chance at getting
hired for a job. Sometimes you have
to do something to separate yourself
from others."
Hall said he decided to follow in
the footsteps of Lenoise Jackson, his
high school basketball coach at North-
western H.S. in Detroit.
"He used to call me almost every
night as a freshman," Jackson said.
"I told him he wasn't going to col-
lege to play basketball. He was go-
ing to get an education. I'm really
proud of him."
Senior guard Darrin Horn, who-0
also came to Western the same year as
Hall, said there is no question Hall
has matured.
"He's a force in the middle for
us," Horn said. "You can count on
him being there. There's something
about Darius, his personality. It's al-
most contagious at times."
Early this season, Hall jammed
his way into the Hilltopper record
books. He surpassed former Topper
Cypheus Bunton's career mark of
80 dunks as Western's all-time
"He hasn't mentioned it to me,
but he knew it was coming down,"
Hall said of Bunton, who is on cam-
pus this semester as a student. "We
knew it was just a matter of time.
But that (Hall's) record is going to
be broken, too."
Hall is one of seven Topper se-
niors. He said he considers the class
of 1995 as one of the best that came to
"We know that we helped start
getting the winning ways back here,"
he said. "It's the same way we look at
the class of '87. We know what it
takes to win, and we understand that
The class of 1987 included Tellis
Frank, Kannard Johnson and
Clarence Martin. All three were
NBA draft picks.
As for himself, Hall is concerned
that his on-court antics - the chest-
bumps, the flashy dunks, the emotion
- could leave some with the wrong
impression of him.
"I do things to get my teammates
into the game, and make the game
more enjoyable to watch," Hall said.
"I just want to be viewed as someone
who enjoyed the game."

Michigan's Maurice Taylor was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year yes-.
terday. Taylor and his teammates take on Western Kentucky tomorrow.
Wisconsin coach fired

MADISON (AP) - Stan Van
Gundy suggested Tuesday that promi-
nent boosters played a role in his
dismissal after just 7 1/2 months as
Wisconsin's basketball coach.
Van Gundy, 35, with four years
left on his contract, was fired after the
Badgers stumbled through a 13-14
season. Athletic Director Pat Richter
began a national search for a new
"These are the realities of big-
time college athletics. It's a money-
driven business," Van Gundy said. "I
knew that going in. I know that going
Van Gundy said it wasn't the won-

loss record that cost him his job.
"We're in a drive to get a new
arena here. That means there needs
to be some people satisfied out there
that have a lot more money than you
and I will ever see," Van Gundy
said. "And if those people aren't
satisfied, those people have the
power to make sure that there's some
changes made.
"I don't think it was a decision
made totally from within this (ath-
letic) department," he added, refus-
ing to discuss specifics or reveal
"How many people out there give
$10 million, no strings attached?"

1995 Maurice Taylor
1994 Jess Settles
.993 Greg Simpson
:992 Chris Webber
1991 Damon Bailey
1990 Jim Jackson
1:989 Eric Anderson
1988 Jay Edwards
1987 Dean Garrett#
1986 Gary Grant
# selected as '"Newcomer of the Year"

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Athletic Department neglects students again


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t is a recurring theme.
When it comes to selling tickets
for Mich-
igan men's
basketball .
games, students
are completely
have every right
to be outraged PAUL
this week. The BARGER
University's Barger
Athletic than Life
Department was
allocated tickets to Michigan's first
round game with Western Kentucky
tomorrow night, but decided not to
offer any of them to the student
"There's too few tickets to make
an impact," associate Athletic
Director Bob DeCarolis said. "After

you dish out tickets to the players'
families and the support staff, there
are not many left. Each player gets
four tickets."
There are tickets left, however,
and saying that they would not
make an impact is a misinformed
comment. There are hundreds of
students that were planning to make
the excursion to Dayton, but were
never even given a chance to get
The other schools in the bracket
have made every effort to sell
tickets to its students. Western
Kentucky held a student lottery,
while Colgate gave both students
and alumni the opportunity to
purchase seats.
Virginia should be commended
for the actions that it took. Its
Athletic Department has been
buying up tickets wherever it can

and giving students the first
opportunity to buy. This signifies
how much the Michigan Athletic
Department really cares about the
students at this university compared
to others.
The decision not to sell tickets to
students was left up to the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics.
It kept with the tradition of leaving
students out in the cold simply
because the board's unfair policies
have never been challenged before.
If the University had put 100
tickets on sale for students, there
would have been a line from the
ticket office to the corner of Hoover
and State. The demand is clearly
there; any tickets would have
alleviated some of the problem.
The ticket situation signifies an
even greater conflict. There is a
complete disregard for students
when it comes to tickets for athletic
events. From making students wait
out in the cold to get a decent seat
at a basketball game to leaving key
games off of the basketball season
ticket package, the Athletic
Department has shown that it cares
about money, not students.
The greatest tragedy is that the
department officials do not even
realize that they are doing
something wrong. When students
complain about the way they are

treated, the department has an array
of excuses.
Every student that is planning to
go to Dayton should be ready to pay
a lot of money. It has become
obvious that the demand for tickets
will keep many Michigan students
away from the tournament.
That is a shame. One would
expect the University to help the
students with their predicament.
But that would be asking too
much from an organization that
consistently proves that it simply
does not care.
It is amazing that Michigan
students have a better chance of
getting tickets through Virginia,
Western Kentucky or Colgate than
through their own ticket office.
It is time for the University and
the Athletic Department to recognize
that it has shown a complete lack of
respect to its own students.
The policies have to change.
Simply stating thatthis is what has
been done in the past is not good
enough any more.
The Dayton fiasco should be a
wake-up call to the entire
University community. The Athletic
Department has ascended to a
position among the top sports
programs in the nation.
Unfortunately, it has stepped on the
Michigan students in the process.



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