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8BasketbalI '89The Daily Tar HeelFriday, November 17, 1989
By JOHN BLAND
For new Wake Forest head bas
ketball coach Dave Odom, the tim
ing couldn't have been better.
After the resignation of Bob Staak,
the Deacs looked north to ACC rival
Virginia and Odom, an assistant to
head coach Terry Holland. When
Holland was hospitalized for a stom
ach ailment in January, Odom took
over and led the Cavs to a 3-3 record,
which included a 106-83 trouncing
of North Carolina. It's difficult to
say whether or not Odom's brief ten
ure as coach revitalized the Wahoos,
but they did make it all the way to
the NCAA Final Eight, an accom-
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plishment which stunned many.
So why is Odom's hiring near
Just look at his roster.
The Demon Deacons return almost
everybody from last year's 13-15 (3
11 in the ACC) team, having lost
only sharpshooting starting guard Cal
Boyd. Considering that three of the
four returning starters are sophomores,
Odom has inherited a young, strong
team with plenty of potential for
"Our first goal as a program is to
come together as a team," Odom said.
"You have to take everything one
step at a time."
The fact that Odom has sterling
senior forward Sam Ivy in a leader
ship role ought to eliminate at least a
couple of steps. Ivy was second on
the team last year in scoring (13.9
ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). If the
oft-injured Ivy, who spent half of last
season suffering from an enzyme
deficiency which sapped his strength,
remains healthy, he should be All
ACC material. More importantly, Ivy
has the ability to provide strong lead
ership, which is crucial for a team
with a first-year head coach and a
bevy of young players.
Joining Ivy at the forward posi
tion will be sophomore Chris King,
the Deacs leading scorer and reboun
der from last year (14.4 and 6.1 per
game, respectively). King has defi
nite All-America potential, as his
back-to-back 30-point performances
against N.C. State and Duke proved
Wake's catalyst is sophomore point
guard Derrick McQueen, who aver
aged 5.4 assists per game last year
and will get the ball inside to King or
Ivy. As with King, McQueen should
improve with age, and look for his
outside shooting touch to become
more of a factor in close games.
Fortunately for McQueen, he
shouldn't have to rely on his outside
shot very often if senior guard David
Carlyle finds his outside touch again.
Carlyle, who started at forward most
of the last two seasons, will probably
start at the second guard position to
replace Boyd. Carlyle averaged 13.6
points as a soph, but that average
dropped to 8.8 last year.
Center is the only area where
Odom might have some troubles. Six-foot-ten
senior Ralph Kitley has
improved every year but averaged
only 3.0 points a game last year, way
down from his 7.0 average two years
ago, and his rebounding average
See WAKE, page 14
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