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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Mon ay, April 10, 1995

Blue hopefuls clash at Roundbd

By Ryan WhiteT
Daily Basketball Writer
AUBURN HILLS - Was it fore-
shadowingorsimply a Kodak moment?
. After the final buzzer sounded at
yesterday's Magic's Roundball Clas-
sic, Michigan's "Mr. Basketball" Rob-
ert Traylor, Wolverine recruit Albert
White and Kevin Garnett - arguably
the top player in the country -- posed
together in front of photographers.
"Wejust happened to all be together
at the same time so we took the picture,"
said Traylor, denying that anything
should be read into the photo.
However, many of the Michigan
fans at the Palace disagreed and ap-
plauded the pose.
"I hope we get all of them," said
Michigan forward Makhtar Ndiaye,
who attended the game. "If they all
come to Michigan it will be great."
White is the only member of the
three to commit to Michigan, which he
announced in November.

Traylor could be next. He is holding
a press conference today to announce
where he'll be going to school.
Most feel that Traylor is going to
join his friend White at Michigan, but
Traylor was careful not to let anything
slip out after the game.
The senior from Detroit Murray-
Wright would only say that he didn't
think there would be any surprises, but
that "depends on what surprises are."
White said that he has rarely talked
to Traylor about where he was going.
"Sometimes we talk about it, but he
has enough pressure on him already
being wanted by every school in the
country," White said. "I really just try to
be a friend."
Traylorwas to originally have made
his decision after yesterday's game, but
was urged to move it to today by his
high school coach so that he could hold
the press conference at school.
Garnett's story is more complicated.
While he has made it clear in the

pastthathe's leaning toward Michigan,
he still has North Carolina, South Caro-
lina and Georgia Tech on his list. An
even bigger problem is that Garnett has
yet to achieve a 17 on the ACT -the
score required in order to be eligible to
play in college next season.
He was late arriving in Detroit for
the weekend because he took the test
again Saturday.
As a senior at Chicago Farragut,
Garnett averaged 28 points, 13 re-
bounds, seven blocks and seven assists.
There has been speculation that if
Garnett doesn't pass the ACT he'll go
to the NBA. Garnett, however, says that
he will indeed go to college.
"I'm not going to rush anything," he
said about his choice of school. "I'm
just going to take my time."
Another player who has considered
coming to Michigan is Terrance
Roberson.
Roberson was among the top play
ers in the state this season, but was

ali Classic,
thrown off his Saginaw Buena Vista
team for insubordination just before the
playoffs. He had been recruited heavily
by the Wolverines, but Michigan has
backed off as of late.
Roberson believes one reason is that,
like Garnett, he hasn't passed his ACT.
He is now considering a number of
schools, including Michigan State and
Fresno State, which just hired Jerry
Tarkanian as its coach.
Roberson said he hasn't ruled out
Michigan, just as long as the school
hasn't ruled him out.
"It might be three out of three," he
said in response to the question that it
was now two, White and Traylor, com-
ing to the Wolverines as opposed to all
three of the stars. "If I pass the test,
maybe Michigan will look at me more."
Roberson is also among the many
who believe Traylor will become a
Wolverine today.
"I think his heart is really at Michi-
gan," he said.

White, Traylor lead
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Wolverine golfers hold
their own at Marshall

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By Scott Burton
Daily Basketball Writer
AUBURN HILLS -No one would
suggest that yesterday's Magic
Roundball Classic was an exercise in
disciplined, fundamental basketball. But
between the barrage of above-the-rim
dunks and Ray Charles-inspired passes,
there was no denying that high school
players know the meaningof showtime.
The West All-Stars beat the East
All-Stars, 114-99, in an often raucous,
freestyling exhibition. The collection
of 20 high-schoolers shot the ball an
amazing 201 times in 40 minutes and
committed 40 turnovers in front of
12,183 fans.
"It was a lot of fun," said West All-
Star Albert White, a senior at Inkster.
"We got a little out of hand, shooting it
too much sometimes, but we overcame
it, and that's why we won."
White, who signed with Michigan
in the fall, joined another prospective
Wolverine to give the West All-Stars a
formidable duo. Detroit Murray-
Wright's Robert Traylor, who will an-
nounce his college choice today, scored
a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11
rebounds.
The 6-foot-8, 300-plus pound for-
ward defied his grand buffet-sized
frame, looking agile and sleek with the
ball under the basket. And after earning
MVP honors for the West Squad, he

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'i9 romp.
joined a postgame dunking contest.
Despite a less-than-inspiring vertical
leap, he garnered hearty applause for
his efforts.
Another forward of interest toMichi-
gan fans was Kevin Garnett of Chicago
Farragut. The 6-foot-10 center - who
often expresses his interest to play for
the Wolverines but has yet to finalize0
his post-prep basketball plans - was
not as active in the contest as Traylor
and White.
Garnett scored eight points in hi20
minutes of game time for the East All-
Stars. Nonetheless, with a display of
ferocious dunks and finesse moves in
the paint, he showed why many place
him on top of their recruiting lists.
The Roundball Classic was as h
table for what happened off the courtas
what happened in the four periods of
action. Players such as Terrance
Roberson, Traylor and Garnett had to
fend off persistent inquiries as to their
collegiate plans.
The presence of a bevy of basketball
celebrities eased the attention of the
prep all-stars. DetroitPistons GrantHill-
and OliverMillershowed up, with Millet"
demanding a postgame dunking con-O
test.
Wolverines Maurice Taylor and
MakhtarNdiaye were alsopresent, tOw-
ering above the adolescent mob str-
rounding them with autograph requests.

3y James Goldstein
3aily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's golf team is
)ack on track.
The Wolverines improved from
heir last two disappointing perfor-
nances, finishing third (301-286-
91--878) in last weekend's team
:ompetition of the Marshall Invita-
lional in Huntington, W. Va. Ohio
tate won its second consecutive tour-
iament and Wisconsin took second
>dace.
- "It just goes to show that Michi-
an is back," Kyle Dobbs said. "We
flayed real solid golf and faced some
really good teams."
In a field that had always-tough
Kent State and Miami (Ohio), the
Wolverines played their best golf of
he young spring season.
"I was delighted with their play,"
vlichigan coach Jim Carras said.
"They're back to playing like they
,xpected that they would sooner or
.ater, but I didn't.know when (it would
Trivia Answer
Grbac replaced Michael Taylor in
the Wolverines' first game of the
1989 season - a 24-49 loss to
Notre Dame.

happen).
"The plus of it all is that they are
getting better each tournament. They
need to continue to improve each week
and if they do that, then we can be
very competitive, heading towards the
Big Tens."
In picture-perfect weather con-
ditions, the Wolverines established
a strong short game and improved
their putting. The Guyan Golf and
Country Club course played very
short, but since it was a par 71 tour-
nament, players had to be on top of
their game.
Bill Lyle sure was. He reached his
peak as he sandwiched a career-low
68 between rounds of 77 and 72.
Lyle could have had a better sec-
ond- round showing if he hadn't
missed a couple of two- to three-foot
putts.
Lyle's score of 217 tied him for
fifth in the individual competition.
Rounding out the rest of the team
were Dobbs (72-71-75-218), Chris
Brockway (77-72-72-221), Adam
Anderson (76-75-72-223) and Brent
Idalski (76-76-75-227).
Bobby Simms of Ohio State won
the individual competition, finishing
an impressive three-under-par 210.

East All-star Kevin Garnett (50) fouls the West's Ryan Pierce during
Magic's Roundball Classic yesterday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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WHO: Wendy Marshall
TEAM: Women's Gymnastics
HOMETOWN: Hicksville, N.Y.
YEAR: Junior
EuGIBUy: Junior
WY: Marshall scored a perfect 10 on the vault during Saturday's NCAA Central Regional. She was the final competitor on the vault, and her
perfect score garnered.her first place in the event. She placed third in the all-around competition, one spot behind teammate Beth Wymer.

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BACKGROUND: Two weeks ago, Marshall, placed second behind Wymer in the all-around at the Big Ten Championships. Cast year, Marshall was a
second-team All-American in the all-around and on the vault. She finished 11th on the vault (9.90) at the NCAA Championships and 16th in the ali"
around. As a freshman, Marshall was also a second-team All-American on the vault.

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