Friday, December 2, 1977 Weekender 9
But league coaches still don't like rule
Frosh could play big role in ACC season
By LEE PACE
Assistant Sports Editor
Among the normal allotment of everyday
scholars and degenerates in the various
Classes of 1981 in the seven ACC
institutions, there are a number of extremely
famous 1 8-year-olds.
There's one at Maryland, for instance,
who's been the subject of features in national
magazines and whose picture could be found
in the wallets of all collegiate basketball
coaches in the country last year.
Duke has one who has helped generate so
much interest in basketball this fall that
Dookies might come equipped with
bazookas and machine guns to games in
Cameron Indoor Stadium this season
instead of the usual pennies and ice.
There's one at Virginia who might make
folks in Charlottesville forget about a fellow
named Parkhill and Carolina has one who is
the hottest thing to come out of Georgia
since Billy Carter.
But along with the fame that Albert King,
Gene Banks, Jeff Lamp and Al Wood bring
with them to their respective schools comes a
lot of pressure. Too much pressure, actually,
say most ACC coaches.
"I've always been against freshmen
playing varsity basketball." Dean Smith
says. "It's not good for them."
"There are too many other problems that
freshmen face without having to play varsity
basketball," says State's Norman Sloan.
But Smith. Driesell and Sloan aren't
stupid. If King and Banks and the rest of the
league's freshmen can contribute to their
team's success, they'll play. Forget the
And there arc many more than four
freshmen who could play prominant roles in
their first ACC seasons. Each team in the
conference has at least one newcomer who
could lift his team to the top. Here's a quick
look at each team and its first-year players:
CLEMSON: Bill Foster, who has been
hampered in recruiting during his three years
at Clemson because of a three-year NCAA
probation, signed several unknowns he feels
have the potential to develop into good
Six-foot-nine John Campbell, who played
only one year of high school ball and one
year at Anderson (S.C.) Junior College,
likely could start at center for the Tigers.
Foster says that Campbell, who grew seven
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high school, "has a lot of potential and with
time could be a pretty good center."
The Tigers signed a lot more height in 6-foot-IO
Stewart Zane, a transfer from
Foster's old school at UNC-Charlotte, and
6-foot-8 Larry Nance, an obscure prepster
DUKE: Duke boasts two of the league's
most promising freshmen in the 6-foot-6
Banks and 6-foot-7 Kenny Dennard, who
are likely to start at forward when Carolina
and Duke meet tonight in the opening round
of the Big Four Tournament.
Dennard, from King, was the best North
Carolina high schools offered last year.
Bob Bender, a transfer from Indiana who
played on the Moosier's I976 national title
team, will be eligible in January.
MARYLAND: First there was lorn
McMillan. Then there was Moses Malone.
And now, for the third time in seven years.
Lefty Driesell has convinced the nation's top
high school prospect that if he wants to play
college basketball, Maryland is the place to
be. And Albert King could be just what
Driesell has needed to give the Terrapins the
NCAA title Driesell promised when he
moved to College Park in 1970.
The excitement over the 6-foot-6 King,
who will probably start at small forward for
the Terps, has overshadowed two other
excellent freshmen. Six-foot-two Greg
Manning, who had an impressive preseason,
could solve a problem at point guard and 6-foot-8
Ernest Graham could bolster an
inconsistent front line.
CAROLINA: TheTar Heels signed two of
the nation's top 50 prep standouts in Wood,
a 6-foot-6 forward and Pete Budko, a 6-foot-9
forward. The Tar Heels also signed Mike
Pepper, a 6-foot-3 sleeper at guard.
N.C. STATE Norman Sloan went to
his cupboard one afternoon last spring and
saw it was nearly bare. He was almost out of
basketball players after several had
transferred and another, Kenny Carr,
jumped to the pros. To fill the void. Sloan
signed nine freshmen and one junior college
The best of the lot include prep All
Americas Art Jones (6-foot-7), Craig Watts
(6-foot-l 1) and Kenny Matthews (6-foot-2)
and 6-foot-7 Kendal "Tiny" Pinder of
Miami's Dade Junior College.
VIRGINIA: Jeff Lamp will have little
trouble moving into the Cavaliers' starting
lineup and is being looked upon to carry
much of the U Va scoring load this w inter. At
6-foot-5, he'll be taller than most guards he'll
Lee Raker, a high school teammate of
Lamp, has done well in preseason but plays
WAKE FOREST: The Deacons didn't
sign any of the nation's elite high schoolers,
but all four of their freshmen could
contribute. "They'll play an important role
once they see what's going on," says coach
Fran McCaffery, a ft-foot-4 likely starter
at big guard, is an excellent passer and hall
handler, while 6-foot-l Fd Thurman is a
good shooter and can direct a potent fast
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