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SPORTS
Page 11 Wednesday, June 29,1994

Q: Who was the last
Wolverine hockey player
taken in the first round of
Athe NHL Draft?
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Dallas makes 'M'
icer Botterill a Star
Wolverine taken 20th in NHL Draft

The NBA
Jraft:
Big Dog
isNo. 1
By Brent McIntosh
AILY SPORTS WRITER
"Senior" is usually a title associ-
ated with respect and dignity. "Junior"
has an air of inferiority. "Sophomore"
brings to mind immaturity, and "fresh-
man" is a near-derogatory term.
Not tonight.
Tonight the world of class ranks
turnshelter-skelter,fortonightthe 1994
NBA Draft is being held in Indianapo-
's. If there's atheme thisyear, itis this:
outh will be served.
Due to new NCAA rules regarding
eligibilityandrumorsofarookiesalary
cap, the best players in the draft are not
seniors. They are juniors and younger
who have decided to find out how
they'll fare in the show.
The start of that process comes to-
night, so here's a projection of how the
lottery picks might go:
1. MILWAUKEE-GLENN ROBINSON,
RDUE. His team split with Michigan
this year, and it wasn't thanks to Linc
Darner or Herb Dove. It was all Big
Dog, as he threw in 36 and 37 points
despite being guarded by Juwan
Howard and Jalen Rose.
A 6-foot-8-inch sophomore,
Robinson is a no-brainer to go first. He
can do it all, and do it all well- well
nough to make Indiana Pacers presi-
ent Donnie Walsh claim in Inside
Sports that Robinson "may be the best
playerin allof basketball."That's high
praise for a kid who has played only
two seasons since high school.
2. DALLAS-JASON KIDD, CALIFOR-
NIA. Grant Hill doesn't want to play in
Dallas - which is good, because they
don't want him. With Jimmy Jackson
andJamalMashburn,Dallasneedsonly
ne thing to have one of the NBA's
ost solid backeourt/small. forward
combinations: Jason Kidd.
Kidd is relatively young and un-
tested. He is also the bestpoint guard to
come out of college since a smiling
Spartan named Magic. Remember the
1992Olympic trials?Rumor has it that
John Stocktoncouldn'thandleKidd-
and Kidd had just finished his senior
ear in high school.
3. DETROIT - JUWAN HOwARD,
MiCmOAN. The safe pick has Grant
Hill in this spot, but the Pistons like
Howard. They need his 6-foot-9, 250-
See NBA, Page 12

By Chad A. Safran
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
HARTFORD, Conn.-The Dal-
las Stars had known about Michigan's
Jason Botterill for three years, begin-
ning when Botterill helped lead
Winnipeg to the 1991 Western Cana-
dian Bantam Championship.
Last night, Botterill found out
about the Stars when Dallas made the
sophomore left wing its No. 1 draft
pick (20th overall) in the 1994 NHL
Entry Draft. Botterill becomes the
third Wolverine hockey player to be
selected in the first round since 1991.
Although he has never been to
Dallas, Botterill expressed joy at his
selection.
"I'm extremely excited," Botterill
said, flashing a huge smile. "It's a
new area for hockey. They've got
Mike Modano, and I played with
(former Detroit Jr. Red Wing) Todd
Harvey (last year's Dallas No. 1) at
the World Juniors.
"I look at their coaching staff, and
they've got some great people."
Twenty teams spoke with the 6-
foot-3, 205-lb. Winnipeg native. The
Stars came to Botterill at the end of

May, but didn't require along trip to do
it.
Craig Button, Dallas' director of
scouting, lives in Ann Arbor, provid-
ing him the chance to see Botterill
play often. Button viewed the left
wing 11 times over the course of this
season.
"He makes good teams better,"
Button said. "He plays a style that..
helps you win. He is not a lot of flash,
but he's 100-percent substance. He's
strong. He eliminates people. (Michi-
gan assistant coach) Mel (Pearson)
said he'd never get to us at 20."
Despite his selection, Botterill
does not plan on eliminating Michi-
gan. He has three years of eligibility
remaining for the Wolverines, and
coach Red Berenson will certainly
need Botterill's scoring punch to make
up for the losses of David Oliver and
Brian Wiseman.
The draft wraps up quite a year for
the 18-year-old. Last June, he was
graduating from St. Paul's Academy
in New Hampshire, having just turned
17 in May. Then it was on to Ann
Arbor for his start at Michigan.
See NHL, Page 12

Jason Botterill was the 20th pick overall last night at the NHL Draft in Hartford.
THE SPoRTING VIEws:
iltch's Wings at mercy of
coach Bowman's wishes

By Ryan White
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When the New York Rangers won
the Stanley Cup two weeks ago they
ended adrought that wentback to 1940.
The 54 years between titles had given
the Rangers the dubious distinction of
being the NHL's longest loser.
That label now belongs to the De-
troit Red Wings.

driver, Mike Ilitch, won't pull off the
road to ask directions.
Ilitch is listening only to a select'
few in the organization who appear tol
be steering him down the wrong road.
Three weeks ago Ilitch fired thel
team's general manager, Brian
Murray, and the team's assistant GM
Doug McLean. He apparently decided
that the Wings post-season exit at the

Including the past season's playoff hands of the San Jose Sharks was te
flop the Wings haven't won a champi- GMs' fault.
onship since 1954, and don't expect Ilitch promised to have a new man-
that drought to end anytime soon. agement team in place by the league's
Right now the Wings are as mis- draft which began last night. He de-
guided as a group of tourists in De- livered, sort of.
troit with a Chicago map. And the See REDWINGS, Page 12
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