6 The Dally Tar Heel Tuesday. September 6, 1977
Summer meant practice for players
By GENE UPCHURCH
DURHAM For a lot of people, it was
like a dream come true. There before them,
within reaching distance, were some of the
greatest college basketball players in the area
doing what they do best playing
For several weeks this summer, area
players got together nightly in the sweltering
heat of the new intramural building on the
Duke University campus to keep that fine
edge on their skills by practicing in pickup
So, they hustled, they sweated and they
had fun without those annoying whistles of
Younger players, such as UNC freshman
Al Wood, and Duke freshman Gene Banks,
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got a chance to show their stuff and to learn
some lessons about playing in the
Banks, even on a night when he was
loafing, looked rather sensational. He was
one of the most highly-touted high school
seniors this year and should not disappoint
any Duke fans. He'll be joining an already
proven Duke frontcourt in sophomore M ike
Gminski and senior Jim Spanarkel. In the
pickup games, he had confidence and the
moves against more experienced players to
bolster that confidence.
There has been ialk that Al Wood will
replace Walter Davis in the Carolina lineup.
And it's hard not to think about Davis when
Wood is palying. His physical characteristics
look like Da vis and he handles himself on the
court much like Davis does.
These pickup games were popular with
area fans, too. It was nothing for 100 or so
fans to turn out to see the games.
A 15-year-old girl sat cross-legged on the
floor at midcourt with a piece of noteback
paper adorned with autographs of every big
name player on the floor M itch K upchak,
Tate Armstrong, Marc Crow, Terri Chili,
"Oh, I don't know why I came," she said.
"1 guess 1 just like basketball." But her eyes
lit up with a strange sparkle when the
shirtless Armstrong walked by.
"Hell, 1 came to see Banks," said one
slightly drunk Iron Duke, the Blue Devil
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version of a Rams Clubber. He held a Duke
blue cup with a mixed drink. "And we're
gonna be tough this year, too. Why. if we're
not No. 1,1 don't know what I'll do."
Duke basketball officials had planned a
press conference during the summer to
introduce Banks to the area media. This was
designed to give the writers something to
write about and to get them to leave Banks
alone so he could concentrate on his
basketball and adjustment to the area.
Banks, at the time, was enrolled in a
special course at Duke to help minority and
disadvantaged students adjust to the school's
The NCAA, however, got wind of the
planned press conference and told ACC
officials they had better tell Duke to cancel
it. The ACC did and Duke did.
The NCAA said Banks was not a student
yet because he had not actually begun his
freshman year and thus was ineligible to
meet the press.
Phil Ford spent the summer selling cars
for a Ford dealership in Durham.
The dealership ran ads in area newspapers
for at least two months "welcoming" Ford to
their sales staff. The ads. with his name in
large print, contained a photo of Ford in a
Some people said it might be an NCAA
violation for a college player to be in an ad
like that. But as long as he was in a business
suit not a Carolina basketball uniform
and as long as there was no mention in the ad
of him being a college basketball player, it
was legal, as far as the NCAA is concerned.
Dave Hanners, a member of the UNC
varsity until he graduated in 1975. also was
hired by the dealership to be a salesman. The
company also ran ads about Hanners, except
he was in uniform and it was mentioned that
he was a former Carolina player. He also is
the junior varsity basketball coach for
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Phil Ford, above, drives past former Duke basketball player
Tate Armstrong during a pickup game at Duke this summer
while Walter Davis, right, towers above some junior-college
players. Night after night, the players tried to match skills
with each other to keep in practice.
Rhames injures leg in scrimmage
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Starting defensive tackle Bunn Rhames
pulled a hamstring muscle in his leg during a
scrimmage Saturday and is a questionable
starter for Carolina's football opener against
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Officials say it will be later this week
before it can be decided if Rhames will be
able to play against Kentucky.
Rhames injured the leg while running
back an inerception and had to be helped off
the playing field.
Wingback Mel Collins is recovering from
a sprained ankle and did not participate in
the scrimmage. He is expected to be ready
for the opener.
Tom LaGarde has signed a contract with
the Denver Nuggets of the National
Basketball Association, it was announced
The 6-foot-1 0 center was the Nugget's first
round draft choice and will serve as a backun
to veteran Dan lssel at center and at
forward. Nuggets coach Larry Brown said.
LaGarde started for two seasons at
Carolina and lettered for four seasons. He
missed the final 1 3 games of the 1977 season
because of a knee injury.
He scored 1,007 points and pulled down
545 rebounds during his career of 102 games
at Carolina. He also played for the U.S. team
in the 1975 Pan American Games and on the
1976 Olympic team that won the gold medal
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