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take the floor in a Division I contest.
In the Michigan backcourt, senior
Travis Conlan will start at point guard
with junior Louis Bullock resuming his
role alongside Conlan as the off-guard.
The backcourt might be the only
locale with a glimmer of hope; junior
Ron Oliver saw limited minutes last year.
The loss of point guard Dionte
Harvey, whose scholarship offer the
University revoked due to a sexual-
-sult charge, makes the loss of Hughes
even greater concern, Gibbons said.
"They're thin at every position now,"
he said. "There's iust no depth."

Duncan highlights draft with lack of'impact
By ShW at NB
Dairy Sports Editor CHRIS SHARAT MARK
The two biggest words in Charlotte on Draft Pits FARAH RAJU SNYDER
June 25 will be "Tim" and "Duncan."
The only things more certain than Pick .1(San Anosio) Tim Duncan Duncan Duncan
Duncan being seleceted first by the San Pick No 2(P a*4". a} on7 Batthe' Ke vin Cato TimrThomas5
Antonio Spurs in next Wednesday's
NBA Draft are death and taxes. P
The 6-foot-Il center from Wake Pick N'o. 4(Van .uve) (haucey 'Bilups Itm Mercer AntiD
Forest is considered by many as the best Pick No. 5 (Denver) Ron Mercer Jacque Vaughn Adonal Foyle
talent to ester the draft in years. He was Pick No. 6(BosI n) Keith VanHorn Tony attie Battle
a projected lottery pick last season, but Pick No. 7 (New Jersey) Tim Thoas Dan Fortson Chauncey Billups
chose to stay in college. This season, the P:k>N::8(;;::Stte):Atoni:aniel , Ad.n....ye._ .t..Va.Hor
Spurs will certainly select him. > ..
But after that, everything is up in the Pick No. 9 (Toronto) Kelvin Cat Tim Thomas Tracy MeGrady
air. Experts, including NBA supers out Pick No.4,10 (Milwa ee) Brevin Knight :Chauncey'Bill up Might
Marty Blake, fcel that the rest of the Maurice Taylor's selection New Jersey (No. 21) Houston (No. 3D) Orlando (No. 17)
sele ion pales in comparison to Duncan. eMT
"There's only one impact nlaver"

Blake said. "You can take the word
'impact' and throw it away. After
Duncan, there is no impact.'
The second pick in the draft belongs to
the Philadelphia 76ers. With the top pick
last season, they selected Allen Iverson
from Georgetown. Although Iverson won
the Rookie of the Year award, his team

didn't improve its record significantly.
"Iverson helped them get only three
more games," Blake said. "Look at the
teams that were in the lottery last year-
are they still in the lottery?"
In fact, of the 13 lottery teams this
draft, nine were lottery teams last season.
The Boston Celtics, sporting a new

coach in Rick Pitino, have two picks, the
third and sixth. Although two is often
better than one, the Spurs will most like-
ly not trade their top spot for two players.
"I talked with Pitino ... Rick would
like to trade picks three and six for
Duncan," Blake said. "That's hysterical.
"I wouldn't take the whole Boston

Celtics team over Duncan.'
With the relative inexperience of many
players - 47 undergraduates - and the
apparent lack of talent, this season's draft
should prove to be unpredictable.
"There'll be a lot of surprise picks,"
Blake said. "The sixth pick could be a

1 0-

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
*One month ago. it was Michigan
against seven of the top collegesoftball
teams in the nation as each competed for
the softball national championship.
Beginning today, four of those
Wolverines, plus
1993 Michigan
graduate Patti
Benedict, will par-
ticipate in the
USA Softball I2te da
mpic Festival.
"'ichigan junioru
Traci Conrad, who
led Michigan in L
hitting last season,
added this selec-
tion to her long list of accomplishments.
Conrad was named the the All-
America first team this season and will
play for the West team at the festival.

stars play for country
Joining Conrad at the tournament will Wolverines under Giovanazzi during the
be teammates Cathy Davie and Melissa 1994 season.
Gentile, who will play for the North But Smith is not the only addition to
team, and Kellyn Tate, who will compete the staffs inside Weidenbach Hall. Fred
on the East squad. Benedict will play LaPlante has been hired to assist with the
with Tate for the East. men's track team.
The festival lasts through Saturday LaPlante brings his impressive
and will be played in Midland, Mich. resume to Michigan to help with the
ADDING ASSISTANTS: Michigan athlet- sprinters and hurdlers.
ic director Joe Roberson has been a busy During his five years as the head
man. Roberson, in the final year of his coach for the Lehigh women's team,
contract with the University, hired three LaPlante led Lehigh to the Patriot
new assistant coaches last week. League championship - the school's
Women's volleyball coach Greg first title in any sport to that point.
Giovanazzi will have help on the side- Also, Carrie Maier will join women's
lines this season, even though it is not the soccer coach Debbie Belkin's staff
face with which he is accustomed. MOVING ON: With a fifth-place finish
Former Michigan volleyball star at last weekend's USA Track and Field
Aimee Smith has returned to Michigan championships, Michigan junior John
to replace departed five-year assistant Mortimer qualified for the World
Mora Kanim, who accepted the head University Games in Sicily, Italy from
coaching job at Kent State. August 20-31. He will represent the
Smith served as captain of the United States at the games.


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