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F D4SportS THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, November 26, 1993 Food for thomght foopntiM for college hoops juankies Coaches fear cuts will doom college sports Local players in Division I basketball Big South Conference ' Dennis Pierre, Walnut Hills, 6-7, Big 10 Conference Chris Kingsbury, Hamilton, 6-5, Fr., G, Iowa Greg Simpson, Lima, 6-1, So., G, Ohio State Jimmy Ratliff, Middletown, 6-9, Sr., F, Ohio State Colonial Athletic Conference Ronnell Williams, Taft, 6-6, Fr., Great Midwest Conference Damon Flint, Woodward, 6-5, Fr., G, Cincinnati Keith Gregor, Lakota, 6-5, So., F, Cincinnati Joe Currin, Moeller, 6-5, Jr., F, Dayton Derrick Dukes, Woodward, 6-0, Sr., G, Dayton John Richter, Badin, 6-6, Sr., G, Dayton Mid-American Conference Marcus Culbreth, Aiken, 6-8, So., C, Central Michigan D.J. Bosse, Colerain, 6-8, Fr., F, Kent Bill Davis, Amelia, 6-8, So., F, Kent Eric Randolph, Withrow, 6-3, Fr., G, Kent Tom West, Taylor, 6-5, So., F, Kent Kevin Beard, Middletown, 6-8, So., F, Miami Gregg Darbyshire, Middletown, 6-5, Sr., G, Miami . Kyle Johnson, Talawanda, 6-6, So., F, Miami Jamie Mahaffey, Roger Bacon, 6-6, Jr., F, Miami Mike Reese, Hamilton, 6-2, Jr., G, Ohio Darell Sizemore, Hamilton, 6-9, So., F, Toledo Mid-Continent Conference listed as one who got away from the Big East. Camby was MVP for the All-America team at the Capital Classic last March and was the dominant big man at the Olympic Festival last summer in San Antonio. Camby was so impressive, Hu-bie Brown walked up to North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who was there to watch his 6-10 jewel Rasheed Wallace, and and told him, "You got the wrong one." Camby is not the only young post who should make an impact. Rashard Griffith of Wisconsin and Darnell Robinson of Arkansas have the strength and low-post skills that should make them immediate factors in the Big Ten and SEC wars. Jerry Stackhouse, a 6-6 forward who signed with North Carolina, has Michael Jordan-like skills and could move into Dean Smith's starting lineup. Ronnie Henderson, a 6-5 guard from LSU, should surpass his first cousin, Chris Jackson (now Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), in the Tigers' career scoring charts. Who are college basketball's hidden gems? Now that Brigham Young's 7-6 giant Shawn Bradley has defected to the pros, Wyoming 6-10 junior forward Theo Ratliff has become one of the favorites to win the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Others worth watching: high scoring 6-4 guard Kenny Sykes of Grambling, and 6-11 senior center Carlos Rogers of Tennessee State, leading scorer on the U.S. team that won a gold in the World University Games, and 6-7 senior forward Orlando Lightfoot of Idaho. How will the new 35-second clock affect the game? It's bad for Princeton. They keep tinkering with Pete Carril's game. Carril is a purist, one of the great coaching minds, and his backdoor offense is a thing of beauty. His use of the clock is masterful. But he may become a dinosaur if college hoops insist on turning its game into an NBA hybrid. Simply put, a 35-second clock favors the more talented teams because it allows more possessions and all but eliminates the possibility of upsets for mid-major schools. Chris Ensminger, Oak Hills, 6-10, So., C, Valparaiso Jason Smith, Cincinnati CD., 6-8, So., F, Wright State Midwestern Collegiate Conference Steve Gentry, Withrow, 5-11, Sr., G, Xavier Brian Grant, Georgetown, 6-9, Sr., C, Xavier Tyrice Walker, Hamilton, 6-6, Sr., F, Xavier Ohio Valley Conference John Brannen, Newport Cent. Cath., 6-7,So.,F,Morehead State Southern Conference C, Coastal Carolina American The Citadel for the season) Compiled by Neil Schmidt Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio State and Connecticut. This is only Stu Jackson's second year at Wisconsin, but the 14-14 Badgers have a legitimate shot to crack the Tournament field for the first time since 1947. Freshman center Ras-hard Griffith is a monster inside and 6-7 junior Michael Finley is one of the two most versatile players in the Big Ten. Texas coach Tom Penders struggled through a rare losing season in Austin, but his 11-17 Longhorns will be much improved with guard B.J. Tyler due back from John Lucas' drug-counseling center by the fourth game of the season. Tyler, forward Albert Burditt and guard Terence Rencher are all prime-time talents who should combine with 6-10 Michigan transfer Rich Mclvor to dominate the improving SWC. Ohio State will be young, but the Buckeyes (15-13) have all five starters back, including budding sophomore stars Derek Anderson and Greg Simpson and 6-9 senior Lawrence Funderburke. Connecticut (15-13) was a major disappointment last season, but Jim Calhoun signed 6-5 guard Doron Sheffer from Tel Aviv, the best amateur player in Israel. He should provide the glue for a team that could steal the Big East title. Which freshmen figure to make the biggest impression? Center Marcus Camby of Massachusetts may have been a secret at the beginning of last season, but the towering 6-10 shot blocker from Hartford can officially be Jr., Heathcote, Michigan State's head coach since 1976. "I remember going to watch Tim McCormick (future Michigan University and NBA center). One year, I saw 16 of his 20 high school games. What else was I going to do on a Tuesday night?" Fogler and several other coaches complain that men's basketball should not have to take cuts to satisfy gender equity. They note that men's Division I basketball is the NCAA's most profitable sport. NCAA director of accounting Keith Martin said it brings in about 80 of the NCAA's annual revenue. "It's like running a business," Fogler said. "Do you maximize by cutting the fat out, or do you give the fat more?" "The people that make the rules are up in the ivory tower," Gillen said. "They're not down in the trenches. They have no idea what's going on." Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney is sympathetic to a degree. Delaney chaired the NCAA's nine-month Committee to Review Financial Conditions, which was responsible for proposing cost-cutting legislation for the annual NCAA convention "Coaches are paid to compete and recruit and win," Delaney said. "To the extent that this creates uncertainty, it's natural for coaches to protect the status quo." The status quo meant more contact with high school players, their coaches and families. "You had a lot better idea of what you were getting," Hug-gins said. Now? "You have to make roughly a $60,000 decision after seeing a kid play two times for maybe 40 minutes," Gillen said. Having only 13 scholarships adds even more pressure. Meanwhile, football gets 85 and women's basketball 15. "Is that fair?" asked Miami coach Herb Sendek. "The NCAA is trying to make up for a lack of opportunities (for women)," replied Kath-ryn Reith, assistant executive director of the Women's Sports Foundation. "If (schools) are not going to offer more teams, then we should try to make up for it in sports they do offer." The National Association of Basketball Coaches is pushing legislation that would add a 14th scholarship. But even if that passes, coaches and players still have to make do with less time for evaluation. Billy Packer, CBS college basketball analyst, fears strong repercussions. In three years, Packer predicts, 100 of the nation's most marketable teams will break away from the NCAA to form their "power league." "All the other schools will have nothing in effect intra-murals," he said. "And Division II and III schools won't even have championships, because they'll have no money." BY TEDDY GREENSTEIN The Cincinnati Enquirer In 1972, long before he became known as the loudest mouth in college basketball, Dick Vitale camped out in Brooklyn, N.Y., chasing a dream. His dream was named Phil Sellers, a 6-foot-5 phenom who had every college in the country drooling at his doorstep. Vi-tale's task was to somehow convince Sellers to choose Rutgers, a little-known school in New Jersey, where Vitale was an assistant coach. Vitale made it happen. In 1976, Rutgers made its first-ever appearance in the Final Four. "If we were under the current conditions, there is no way in the world we could have gotten him," Vitale said. Current conditions include a limited number of days in which to recruit. Also, coaches are permitted only four live evaluations and three face-to-face contacts per recruit. Pending NCAA legislation includes further cuts. "It favors all the dominant schools," Vitale said. "It denies the guy who has a great work ethic and the ability to communicate a chance." That might spell trouble for coaches such as Pete Gillen and schools such as Xavier, which made just two appearances on national TV last season. The University of Cincinnati had six. Until 12 years ago, there were virtually no restrictions on recruiting. In 1981, the NCAA enacted reforms to control excessive contact and limit opportunities for illegal inducements. Now, in an effort to comply with rules that promote equity for women athletes, more cutbacks are being proposed to save money. "They will bankrupt the system," South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler said. "If things are totally equal, we'll have intra-murals. Will people pay to see that?" One proposal is to limit the number of evaluations (observing a high school game, speaking to a guidance counselor) for each recruit from four to two. Another is to cut the number of days coaches can recruit from about 100 to 80 days. Both proposals, which will be voted on by college presidents at the NCAA convention in January, have drawn strong criticism from coaches. "There comes a point when you can no longer do effective recruiting," Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote said. "At one time, there was no recruiting calendar," said Bill Foster, who coached at five schools over a 33-year period. "Now there are contact periods, live periods, dead periods you need a doctor to decipher some of these things." "You used to be able to do what I call 'bird-dog' spend an unbelievable time following two or three recruits," said Top player, team, league all in question BY DICK WEISS New York Daily News Is it college basketball season already? Was that really Massachusetts knocking off North Carolina in the Big Apple NIT semifinals Wednesday night? It's true and it's about time. So here are a few things every hoops junkie should know: Which team has the best shot at beating North Carolina for the title? Duke, believe it or not. The neighboring Blue Devils, whose campus is only 8 miles from Chapel Hill off Highway 15-501, will not be intimidated by the Tar Heels' wondrous talent. Center Cherokee Parks may not be in Eric Mon-tross' class, but he did play well in the 22-and-under world championships last summer and coach Mike Krzyzewski has surrounded Parks with enough size and talent to earn a standoff with Carolina's towering frontline. The Dukies always play good man-to-man defense and Krzyzewski's decision to move versatile 6-8 senior Grant Hill to lead guard should allow the Devils to pass over pressure and make Carolina's best defender Derrick Phelps work overtime. The X-factor could be Duke freshman guard Jeff Ca-pel, who may be the outside shooter to offset streaky but lethal Donald Williams, the Final Four MVP. Who is preseason player of the year? Most would say junior forward Glen Robinson of Purdue, but Jason Kidd, California's charismatic sophomore guard, took the Bay area by storm. His face was plastered on T-shirts and ticket requests to watch him play were so great, Cal moved six of its games to 15,000-seat Oakland Coliseum. Kidd dominated Duke's Bobby Hurley in a second-round NCAA game in Chicago. Kidd, who made 28.6 of his 3-point attempts, was not a great shooter in high school, but he makes big shots, as evi denced by the spinning pretzel shot he made in the final 1.5 seconds, giving the Bad News Bears a 66-64 win over Louisiana State in the first round of the NCAA Tourney. And he hit a 3 in the final minute two days later to sink Duke. Are there any sleepers that could crash the NCAA's Final Four? My early picks to advance to Charlotte are North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Minnesota. But watch out for Temple and LSU. The Owls almost got there last year, pushing Michigan to the brink before falling, 77-72, in the Elite Eight. John Chaney has all five starters back, including Aaron McKie, Eddie Jones and Ric Brun-son the best perimeter group in the East. Chaney, who has coached his team to the Elite Eight three of the past five years, rarely beats himself. He coaches the best zone in the country and causes night- if Na & r rr u ; ? i t iu.miiwiwum.jj .nun -i m ., iw.niii.jij f L E. S f i C, v;:-,J I ft 1 1 1 C7H Andy Plum, Mason, 6-1, Fr., G, ( Williams has been suspended mares for tournament teams that rarely see zone in the regular season. It's always difficult to evaluate LSU. The Tigers may be a fringe Top 25 team because of the uncertain status of freshman guard Randy Livington, who suffered a serious knee injury last summer at the ABCD camp. If Livington is 100, he and another freshman, Ronnie Henderson, could give the Tigers the most exciting backcourt in the Southeastern Conference. Which conference is the strongest? The Big Ten may have more teams in the Top 25 by the end of the year, but the Atlantic Coast Conference again should be the deepest. North Carolina is the pick in most of the preseason rankings, but Duke should have a shot at a No. 1 seed and Georgia Tech and Virginia both could earn top-three seeds. The ACC has excellent coaching and every school but North Carolina State has at least one player who should be a first-round draft pick. Montross and Hill are locks to go top five and Georgia Tech junior forward James Forrest could go lottery if he declares. Maryland and Clemson generally considered the eighth-and ninth-best teams in the conference both should be markedly improved, although it may be difficult to tell from their conference record. Which programs are most likely to jump out of the woodwork? Four come to mind immediately W! ho are the most logical candidates for early admission to the NBA? The NBA last June drafted underclassmen in the first five spots of the draft. This year, Purdue's Glen Robinson and Jason Kidd of Cal could be sandwiched around Montross and Grant Hill in the first four. Robinson might have been the first pick in the entire draft last year, but he apparently felt uncomfortable leaving after one season in the Big Ten. Kidd might have left at the end of last season if he could have been assured the Los Angeles Lakers would select him. Other underclassmen who may opt to leave early: forward James Forrest of Georgia Tech, guard Bob Sura of Florida State, forward Lamond Murray of Cal, guard Jalen Rose of Michigan and Connecticut forward Donyell Marshall. Minutemen again underdogs against Jayhawks tonight But size disadvantage nothing new to UMass .u.i"U- ..iu w I It Jury still out on amount of cheating in recruiting Mr) you don't see any of it." But Armen Keteyian, who with Sports Illustrated 's Alexander Wolff reported rampant cheating in the best-selling Raw Recruits, disagrees. "Right now, it just goes deeper and deeper underground," said Keteyian, an ABC News correspondent. "The NCAA is understaffed and overwhelmed. They haven't been able to figure it out." Critics can't blame a lack of literature explaining the rules: The 1993-94 NCAA manual includes a 39-page chapter devoted solely to recruiting violations. But UC coach Bob Huggins said having more rules favors those who don't obey them. "If there are five rules, the people who cheat don't have that much of an advantage," he said. "If you have 856 rules, that's making it harder for people who do obey the rules." BY TEDDY GREENSTEIN The Cincinnati Enquirer Do cheating and big-time college basketball recruiting go hand-in-hand? Depends on whom you ask. "With so much money involved, there's more pressure to win and more pressure to cheat," Xavier coach Pete Gillen said. "The NCAA is trying (to enforce rules), but they're afraid of (expensive) lawsuits." But Dick Vitale, ABCESPN college basketball analyst, said cheating is less rampant nowadays because of tougher NCAA enforcement policies. "Coaches have to think about the unbelievable dangers embarrassment, losing their jobs." said Vitale. "I have not seen anything done illegal at all and I'm on the road a lot," said Billy Donovan, UK associate coach. "There's never been a kid who's said: 'This school's giving me this, what will you give me?' You always hear rumors, but The Associated Press NEW YORK Life quickly returned to normal for the Massachusetts Minutemen. Just over 12 hours after beating the country's top-ranked team, they took the floor for practice. Late Wednesday night, the 19th-ranked Minutemen beat defending national champion North Carolina, 91-86, in overtime. Thursday's brief practice was to settle the team down after the school's biggest victory ever and get them ready for No. 6 Kansas, which advanced to tonight's Preseason NIT championship with a 75-71 victory over No. 9 Minnesota. "It showed we could play against guys that big," Massachusetts forward Lou Roe said. "We have to put it behind us and get ready to get it on Friday night." The Minutemen (3-0) will be a big underdog and play at a severe size disadvantage for the second straight game. The latter grew considerably early in overtime against North Carolina when 6-foot-ll freshman center Marcus Camby went down with an injured right knee. Camby was examined Thursday and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on today. School spokesman Bill Strickland said Thursday team doctors believe the problem is a tear in the meniscus ligament and that Camby will be out at least two weeks. The 6-foot-9 Roe had 28 points and 14 rebounds against the Tar Heels, whose depth was severely tested through foul trouble. Massachusetts relentlessly attacked the boards throughout the game, finishing with a 54-52 advantage. "They have so many guys and they just kept coming in and beating me up," said Roe, who had flu-like symptoms at Thursday's practice. "I really thought about giving up but I couldn't and I didn't." Kansas' frontline isn't quite as tall as North Carolina's, but it is just as strong. The experience of the Jayhawks (3-0) led them to the victory over Minnesota as the three veterans Richard Scott, Steve Woodbery and Greg Ostertag took over the game's final five minutes when the Golden Gophers took their last lead. "I have to keep these guys focused on playing Kansas basketball," coach Roy Williams said. "Remember, it's still only November." That's a coach's way of saying teams are still in the learning stage after less than a month's practice and that you can expect mistakes and missteps, like North Carolina's. "Our late-game situations were not good, but that's my fault," North Carolina coach Dean Smith said. "Our depth was tested. We can only hope this helps us and be thankful this is November and not March or April." The Taf Heels (2-1) and Minnesota (2-1) will play for third place tonight. j c pTviTT fV The Associated Press UNC's twin towers Kevin Salvadori, left, and Eric Montross can only look on in vain after they fouled out in the Tar Heels' loss to Massachusetts on Wednesday night.

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