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By DAVID BULLA
Chronicle Sports Writer
The National Basketball
Association draft, held last week
in New York, was frankly a bit
puzzling for black college basketball
fans.
Ralph Tally, the NCAA Division
II and black college Player
of the Year, was the next-to-last
black college pfayer taken. Yes, it
was conceivable that Jamie
Waller, the 6-foot-4 Virginia
Union forward who is capable of
leaping tall buildings, could gcr
before Tally. But nobody else in
black college basketball was even
in the same league with Tally,
who led Norfolk ' State to a
quarterfinal berth in the Division
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Jackson State's Lester Fonvil
pound center will be headed i
round (photo by J.D.Schwalm
II national championships.
But because the NBA is a big
man's league, two black college
centers?went before Tally, including
Jackson State's Lester
Fonville and Alabama State's
Rueben Holmes.
The 7-foot. 245-Dound Fon
ville was the surprise pick of the
draft. Taken by Portland in the
second round, he was the 29th
selection overall. Incidentally,
Waller, taken by New Jersey,
also went in the second round,
but not until the 48th pick
overall.
Still, give the Trail Blazers
credit for taking a chance on
Fonville, whose development was
about as slow as journeyman
Chuck Nevitt's. But Fonville was
much improved as a senior and
could become a legitimate
backup in the NBA.
Holmes, meanwhile, taken in
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the tourtn rouna oy uian ana
was the 84th selection overall.
Don't shed any tears for th<
6-1 Tally, who has a decent shoi
at making the Lakers as a reserve
guard. Tally, who averaged 28.5
points per game as a senior, will
have to beat out the likes of Wes
Matthews and Adrian Branch.
Remember he was the second
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nay have a |
player taken by the world champions
after St. John's WUU?
Glass in the third round. Also
credit General Manager Jerry
West, who personally scouted
Tally, for being shrewd enough
to take a chance on him when
some scouts grew cold after the
Spartan's horrible shooting
slump in the CIAA Tournament.
By all accounts, Tally is the
best guard to come out of the
CIAA since Earl "the Pearl**
Monroe of Winston-Salem State^
was drafted^ Baltimore in 1967.
Furthermore, there's no precedent
for a Norfolk State player
going higher than the fourth
round anyway. Bobby Dandridge
was taken in the fourth round by
lie was one of the big surprises c
to the Portland Trailblazers after t
).
Milwaukee in 1969 and David
Pope went to Utah in the sixth in
'84.
The only other player taken
from the black colleges was
Hampton's Rowan Gomes,
chosen by Denver in the seventh
round. Gomes did not even make
the all-CIAA team, but the 6-10
Icenter did average 10 rebounds.
There were several notable
oversights, including WSSLTs
Alexander Hooper, St.
Augustine's Randall Mounts,
NSU's Barry Mitchell and
Elizabeth City State's Tim
McDaniels.
Hooper told the Chronicle that
he still hopes to get a free-agent
tryout. He also said European
ball is a possibility.
Baseball Banter
Draft Report: While basketball
dominated the new recently,
the annual free-agent baseball
; draft was conducted last month
and several black college players
; were drafted.
[ The highest choice was Wes
i Chamberlain of Jackson State.
The outfielder was taken by the
Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth
place for R
round.
Chamberlain also had- three
teammates taken, including catcher
FrankJin Harris by the
Chicago White Sox, first
baseman Wade Floyd by Toronto
and right-handed pitcher Howard
Farmer by Montreal.
The White Sox and New York
Yankees were the only clubs to
take two black college players.
The White Sox second black college^draftee
was shortstop
'Lawrence Smith of BethuneCookman.
The Yankees tabbed
Howard University shortstoo
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Brent McCoy and Grambling
State outfielder Gerald Williams.
Outfielder Glenn Abraham, a
teammate of McCoy's at
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>eing picked early in the second
Howard, was taken by the San
Francisco Giants ....
Jaguar Prospects: Banking
on its excellent showing in the
NCAA Regionals, Southern
University signed a pair of bigcity
ballplayers in pitcher Grady
Davidson of Detroit and infielder
Bernard Williams of Atlanta.
Davidson, who missed most of
his senior season, three five nohitters
as a junior for Martin
Luther King High. Williams batted
.538 with nine home runs and
46 runs in only 25 games for
Lakeside High School.
Yardstick Yarns
Tigers Tabbed: Jackson
State is the preseason football
favorite in the Southwestern
Athletic Conference, according
to a vote of the league's sports in
formation directors.
JSU, the defending champion,
edged Grambling State in the
voting 82-80.^gouthern University
was picked to finish third,
followed by Alcorn State,
Mississippi Valley State, Texas
Southern, Prarie View A&M and
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alph Tally
Alabama State.
Jackson _ State returns 14
starters, but will have to replace
defensive end Leon Seals (drafted
by Buffalo) and offense linemen
James Harvey and Darrell Hall
Bulldog Promotion: South
Carolina State has promoted Orrick
Dixon to the post of defensive
coordinator. Dixon, an
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/\icorn state aiumnus, was tne
Bulldogs' defensive line coach
last year ....
All-America Team: North
Carolina A&T quarterback Alan
Hooker and Howard tailback
Harvey Reed head the list of
black college players named to
The Sporting News' Division
I-AA all-America team.
Others named to the team are
Jackson State's Kevin Dent,
Houston Hoover, Lewis Tillman
and Andre Lloyd; Delaware
State's Terrance Hoover, Robert
Presbury and Lybrant Robinson;
Southern University's Gerald
Perrv. Michael Ball and Riwm
Porter; Morgan State's William
Foye and Vernon Beard;
Mississippi Valley State's Paul
Jones; South Carolina State's
Dwayne Harper; Alabama
State's Robert Baxter; Texas
Southern's Kenneth Munson;
Howard's Eric Moore, and "
Prairie View A&M's Victor
Pegram.
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