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UK's Miller, Ellis, Manuel Chosen For Summer Play
University of Kentucky sophomore Derrick Miller has been selected to play for the South basketball team in the United States Olympic Festival in mid-July. UK athletics director Cliff Hagan announced.
Miller, a 6-6 guard from Savannah, Ga., averaged 5.2 points and 1.9 rebounds last season for the Wildcats.
UK coach Eddie Sutton will be coaching Miller's South club during the tournament which gets underway with preliminary rounds July 18-20 with the finals scheduled for July 22 in Chapel Hill. N.C.
Hagan also announced the incoming freshmen LeRon Ellis and Eric Manuel are two of the 20 finalists to be named to the U.S. team that will compete in the Junior World Championship Basketball Tournament in Bormio. Italy, July 23-30.
The two reported to Lawrence. Kan., for tryouts July 5. Kansas coach Larry Brown has been chosen as the coach of the U.S. team.
'"We're extremely pleased that these three players, in addition to Rex Chapman who will play on the Pan Am team, have been chosen to be part of our Olympic training program," Sutton said. "It is a very prestigious honor to be chosen to one of these teams and I feel they will represent the University of Kentucky very well."
Ellis averaged 23.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., and was named California's Player of the Year.
Manuel, a native of Macon, Ga.. netted 24.0 points and 7.9 rebounds as Georgia's Player of the Year at Southwest Macon High.
Both were named to several prep Ail-American teams last season.
If Ellis and/or Manuel should not be chosen for the final 12-man roster for the Junior World Championship team, then either or both would participate in the Olympic Festival in Chapel Hill. Ellis would play for the West team and Manuel would join Miller and Sutton as a member of the South squad.
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Manuel And Pittman Meet Proposition 48 Guidelines; All Seven UK Recruits Now Eligible For '87-88 Season
Eric Manuel
John Pittman
University of Kentucky signees Eric Manuel and John Pittman have met the Proposition 48 requirements and will be eligible to participate during the 1987-88 season, according to UK head coach Eddie Sutton.
Both players met the necessary criteria in order to be eligible after taking the June 13 ACT, the last available date to take the test and still be able to play in the upcoming season. Under NCAA rules, incoming freshmen must score 14 or higher on the exam to avoid sitting out a season.
Manuel, a 6-6 forward/guard from Macon, Ga., averaged 24 points and 7.9 rebounds a game for Southwest High School. He was named to virtually every first-team All-America squad and was chosen as Georgia's Player of the Year for 1987.
"Naturally, we're quite pleased that Eric has qualified," Sutton said. "We felt all along that he is a quality student who did well in high school and will do well in the classroom in college. He should have a great future, not only on the court, but academically as well."
Pittman, a 7-0, 245-pound center from Rosenberg, Texas, was a consensus Ail-American at Terry High School last season. He averaged 20.7 points, 16.3 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots per game.
Pittman took the test three times prior to June 13, and made dramatic improvement each time. Reportedly, Pittman posted scores of 4. 11 and 12 before his final testing date, in which he scored a 17.
Fletcher Walker, Pittman's high school
coach, said the big center made such a marked improvement soley on determination.
"He just dad-gum wanted to (meet Prop 48 requirements)," Walker was quoted as saying. "Each time he failed, he'd be disappointed, but not to the point of not wanting to take the test again. He kept saying he'd pass it. In our gym, we have three-foot tall letters on the wall that say: 'Rangers Never Quit.' From the moment that young man walked into the gym, he's lived up to that."
"I'm very pleased that John has met the requirements," Sutton said. "He has an outstanding future ahead of him, not only as an athlete, but also as a student.
"We're excited about our incoming freshmen. We felt each signee was not only an exceptional athlete, but a quality student. With everyone meeting the Proposition 48 standards, it just reinforces what we have felt about this group all along."
All seven UK recruits are now eligible for the upcoming season, which poses another problem. Kentucky has 16 players eligible for a basketball scholarship this falland only 15 scholarships to go around. At the time it was announced that Pittman had passed the test, Sutton was in North Carolina, where he was taking part in the Olympic Festival, and was unavailable for comment. His top assistant, James Dickey, declined to comment on how the Wildcats will meet the 15-scholarship limit when school starts in August. &7ts& (jat&>' ($cum&
Stadium Expansion. . .Is The Time Right?
To build or not to build, that is the question.
It really shouldn't be, the only question is when and it should be answered with an resounding "right now."
We're talking about expansion of Commonwealth Stadium and for those of you who do not have the vision of what expansion can do for not only the football program, but the entire athletics department and the non-athletic community, let us proceed.
First of all, athletics director Cliff Hagan has mailed a questionnaire to all football season ticket holders (38,000 tickets are sold in this fashion) asking the patrons if they would like to see the stadium expanded, if they think expansion would improve the football program and if they, the season ticket holders, would donate funds toward the project.
It would be shocking to see anything other than overwhelming approval from the segments of Wildcat fans. But such a project would have to gather more support than just the current season ticket holders. After all, a season ticket holder can sit in only one seat at a time and some 13.000 or so additional fans must be enticed to attend UK games, not to mention a few those seats which go unclaimed (mostly by students) at the current time.
Under Hagan's plan, the stadium would be completely bowled on one end, but for such an expansion plan to be attractive, it would have to go far beyond adding just seats.
For example:
Why not offset and justify a huge chunk of the expense by putting in an athletic dorm underneath the new seats, complete with a cafeteria, like some stadiums at other schools? At the same time, UK could move all its athletic offices to the stadium and have the entire athletic family under one roof.
Critics would immediately argue that such a plan would be polarizing the athletes from the remainder of the student body. To some extent, that might be true. But look at the positive side. It would give coaches a better handle of their athletes and provide athletes with an environment more conducive to their needs.
More importantly, such a plan would provide much-needed additional dorm space for non-athletes. The university has been in the midst of a housing crunch for years and this move would free up at least 200 to 250 rooms.
Right now, atheltics offices are spread all over the place, from Memorial Coliseum to Alumni Gym, to Shively Sports Center, to Commonwealth Stadium to Seaton Center (students' activity center). There certainly would be more harmony and less expense if all were centralized.
And last but not least, the real stroke of genius could be the one which would install some of those fabulous suites all around the horseshoe between the upper and lower decks at Commonwealth Stadium.
The estimate cost of expanding the stadium to roughly 71,000 to 72,000 seats is $11 million. That, of course, is without any dorms, cafeteria or suites. If those should be added, the cost then jumps sharply.
But it would be nice to see UK officials ex-
plore the avenue of not just trying to catch up with the Tennessees and Alabamas, but for once leap into the future and be a leader.
I'm convinced the numbers could be put together. Big-time Kentucky corporations would stand in line to shell out the big bucks for the sky boxes.
And what a recruiting tool ALL Wildcat coaches would enjoy when a prospective athlete would be shown such facilities. Suddenly, UK's so-called minor sports wouldn't be so minor.
It's officialEric Manuel and Johnny Pittman have met Proposition 48 and will be eligible to play basketball this winter for the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
To say the UK staff is pleased would be grossly underrating the two youngsters' achievements. To say UK fans are thrilled would be the understatement of the year.
The month of June brought no less than 125 phone calls to our TCP offices and they continued a week after the two were declared eligible because some out-of-state fans hadn't heard the news.
So now the official roster is set for the coming season. There will be 16 players listed, of which 15 will be on scholarship with Sean Sutton's father picking up his expenses so UK will be within the 15 scholarship limit.
Now, the fun begins.
It doesn't take a brilliant person to realize that far fewer than 16 players will receive quality playing time this winter. Surely, there will be a redshirt or two, maybe three. But none of those decisions will be made before practice starts on Oct. 15 and perhaps no earlier than late November.
On the floor, it'll be a war. There will be no more playing time by default like last season, and to a certain extent, the year before. Poor efforts in practice will earn quality time on the pines this winter. Nagging injuries will call for the trainer's table, not "PT" minutes in a crucial game.
For Kentucky to be successful this coming season, the Wildcats will need strong leadership on and off the court. That should not be a problem, what with five seniorsEd Davender, Cedric Jenkins, Richard Madison, Rob Lock and Winston Bennett.
It's obvious Davender will be the floor general this winter and at least at the beginning he has to be the top candidate for senior leadership.
The biggest question of all will be the status of fifth-year senior Winston Bennett who suffered that terrible knee injury last fall. His recuperation has been slow, bit if anyone can make it back it is a Winston Bennett.
Bennett is the type person, the type player, who can make the difference in improving a team from being very good to the level of greatness. Winston's leadership off the court could be as vital as his on-the-court skills and if he's anywhere near 100 percent, he'll never be embarrassed by anyone, repeat anyone.
Even coach Eddie Sutton hasn't denied his eagerness to hit the hardwoods with a roster so loaded with talent. "Boy, it's going to be a lot of fun," said the Wildcat boss recently, "there will be a lot of talent out there."
Yep, coach and the expectaction will be quite high. You can count on that, too.
In less than a month, Kentucky's football Wildcats will be reporting back for fall drills and hopefully to a new football training center the Erv Nutter Center.
But more importantly, it will be a time for the Wildcats to turn things around and get back on the winning side.
After disappointing back-to-back seasons of 5-6 and 5-5-1, players and coaches alike realize the future is now as a winning campaign is urgently needed unless the 'Cats want to face the likely prospects of a four-year stretch without a winning mark.
Next season, UK adds to its schedule the likes of Auburn and Alabama. But that's another story for another time.
Kentucky, with a few breaks here and there could have enjoyed an 8-3 mark last season, had the 'Cats escaped the 16-16 tie with Rutgers, had the 'Cats been a little more successful in the 25-16 loss to LSU and had UK not dropped that 17-15 hearbreaker at Virginia Tech.
The major disappointments were the 33-13 bombing at the hands of Ole Miss after UK had leaped out of the gate with a 3-0-1 start. The Wildcats underestimated the Rebels' strength (several other schools did, too) and it began a four-game tailspin that didn't stop until UK woke up against Vanderbilt, 34-22.
The following week, the 'Cats were brilliant against Florida and upset the Gators 10-3, but it was too little too late as Kentucky's offense sputtered in a 28-9 loss to Tennessee. Still, it was a far cry from the embarrassment at the hands of the Vols in Knoxville.
Gone are the likes of record-setting quarterback Bill Ransdell and running back Marc Logan.
But what returns is possibly the finest stable of running backs in Kentucky history. At question, though, is the annual ritual in Bluegrass Country. Does Kentucky have a quarterback who can successfully engineer an explosive offense? The first nod will go to veteran Kevin Dooley and not far behind will be junior college transfer Glenn Fohr who was extremely successful in the annual spring Blue-White game.
"Our quarterbacks are virtually untested in SEC play," says coach Jerry Claiborne, "Kevin has played some, but really hasn't played that much. Glenn has no SEC experience at all."
Still, Claiborne hopes at least one of the two surfaces right out of the gate and performs as well as Ransdell did when he was called on during his sophomore year.
While most everyone talks of Kentucky's outstanding backsMark Higgs, Ivy Joe Hunter, Al Baker, Greg Baker, Darren Bilberry, and Andy Murray among othersit is the defense which Kentucky will rely on a great deal this fall.
"We feel like we can put 11 on the field that can hold their own against anybody," says Claiborne. "After that, we have some spots that are really hurting for depth. Our secondary, in particular, is a big concern. Our star-
ting unit (CBs David Johnson and Ron Mack, FS Ron Robinson) can be as good as any in the league. After that, no one has any game experience."
Reports from the Shively Sports Center have it that coaches and players alike believe the 'Cats can go at least 7-4 this fall and UK fans would be very happy if they can.
This summer UK's Seaton Center has been the scene of some inspired pick-up basketball games, especially from several returning UK players.
As the roster ballooned to 16, the numbers didn't escape the likes of several players who will have a fight on their hands for playing time.
In fact, about the only two players assured playing time from the outset are probably guards Ed Davender and Rex Chapmanand they'd better not take anything for granted.
As recently as last week, sophomore Derrick Miller was issuing some take-notice headlines in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the U.S. Olympic Festival.
At Seaton Center, both Rob Lock and Mike Scott have trimmed down considerbly and appear ready to do battle in the low post. Both have looked very good at times this summer.
Cedric Jenkins certainly hasn't thrown in the towel after his slow comeback from his injury last season and has been impressive.
But most impressive to many has been freshman redshirt Reggie Hanson who has matured very nicely during his one-year layoff. In fact, he's been so impressive that some believe he may in the process of playing himself right into a starting role this winter.
Of the freshmen, LeRon Ellis and Eric Manuel have been playing very, very well. And those skeptics of Deron Feldhaus apparently have softened their criticism after watching him in the Kentucky-Indiana series. In pick-up games at the Seaton Center, he has been impressive more than once.
Once the U.S. Olympic Festival (where Eddie Sutton is coaching and Manuel, Ellis, Hanson, and Miller are playing) is over, all basketball attention will be turned toward the Pan American Games in Indianapolis where Chapman will be on the roster.
An exhibition game will be staged Aug. 1 at Freedom Hall in Louisville against some former college stars. Tickets for that game are on sale at Freedom Hall.
We'd like to welcome a new regular columnist to the pages of TCP as retired sports information director Russell Rice will be writing about past and present UK athletes and events.
Rice, a former sportswriter who was sports editor of The Lexington Leader before joining UK in sports information back in the 1960s, retired from his SID position at UK this spring and has been named a special assistant to athletics director Cliff Hagan.
Before he retires full-time from the University, Russell will spend the next 18 months
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Better Days Ahead For UK's Reggie Hanson
Big Blue Newcomer Not To Be Overlooked
"There's been a lot of publicity given to some of the big-name recruits who are coming in. But there hasn't been too much said about Reggie Hanson. Reggie is a phenominal ballplayer. . .He's really going to be a big key for us."
UK senior forward Winston Bennett
With Eric Manuel and Johnny Pittman recently meeting the requirements of Proposition 48, the University of Kentucky, thus, has seven freshmen eligible for next season. Shoot, at one time last season UK's rookie class would have almost outnumbered the
		
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1986-87 Wildcat squad.
Now, Kentucky is obviously loaded in quantity, not to forget tons of quality as well.
Add team leader Winston Bennett and you've got eight 'Cats who didn't suit up for Eddie Sutton's 18-11 club. But there's a ninth newcomer who will be making his Big Blue debut in 1987-88. He's someone who could and should provide immediate excitement.
Of course, we're talking about Pulaski County's Reggie Hanson.
Shame on you if you've forgotten. While waiting for that blistering blush to go away, let me refresh your memory.
The 6-foot-8 swingman: A) captured the Most Valuable Player award while helping the Maroons bring home the state title in 1986: B) was Eddie Sutton's first Wildcat signee: and C) was a Proposition 48 casualty last season.
Following two successful semesters of hitting the books on the Lexington campus, Hanson met the NCAA academic guidelines and is ready to take his best shot at playing for UK. Rumor is that
No More Watching From Stands For Reggie
Hanson has been turning heads in pickup games with Wildcat teammates. Believe me, it's no rumor. It's a fact.
Eddie Sutton, Bennett and others have warned the local media not to forget Hanson. They sincerely believe he could make a major contribution his freshman season.
After recently watching him play on several occasions, I do, too.
"Reggie is going to surprise a lot of people," said former UK player and Laurel County product Paul Andrews. "I've had the opportunity to follow him, and played against his brothers in high schoolArt and Donald. I've been around him a lot and know how he can play. It's just a matter of Reggie coming out and showing everybody in the state of Kentucky what he can do.
"He had that one year to sit out and I just think that did wonders for Reggie, because he's gotten a lot stronger and has developed his game."
No Longer A Skinny Rail
Yes indeed, a year of working in the weight room has done wonders for Hanson. While he could stand to put on a few more pounds, he can now no longer be compared to a skinny rail. He's almost Timex approvedCan take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. In
"The most difficult thing was to sit in the stands, watching the team play, because I felt I could help out last year."
Reggie Hanson
fact, on one particular June evening he was seen by this columnist giving a certain pro hoopster a few fits all over the playing floor.
"When we play pickup games I'm usually the one that's guarding Kenny (Walker)," said Hanson, of the former Wildcat and now New York Knick player. "That's a tough job. I look forward to it, but then again (pause) he wears me out. I don't get down on myself but at times I get frustrated."
Don't worry, you won't run into too many Sky Walkers on the college level. Just to remind us, Reggie, accompanied by his familiar ear-to-ear grin, noted, "There's not too many players as good as Kenny."
He admits times have changed greatly in comparison to his memorable senior year at Pulaski County. The two-time all-state performer averaged 23.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest his senior year. However, he was the team's starting center. Hanson's role has clearly changed.
"I'm a lot different player." noted Hanson, "because when I was in high school I had to play a lot inside. Now, I've been working
on my jumper, which has come along pretty well. So now I'm more of an outside player."
Improving his outside jumper has been his main concern this summer. With all the new competition, Hanson knows that if he's going to play this season his outside shot has to be clicking.
"My jumper has come a long ways," he said, "but it still has a long ways to go. I still need to work on that and get a little stronger. But I've gotten a lot stronger and I feel a lot stronger.
"I feel that I can play with the team. I hope to get a little (playing) time. But as long as we're winning and everybody is having a good time everything will be all right."
Probably the last player on this team who would bellyache because of a lack of playing time is Hanson. According to Sutton one reason he recruited Hanson is because of his "big valentine."
Sealed With A Smile
Packaged with a smile. . .with 16 players striving for a piece of the 200-minute pie, Hanson's get-along attitude only can help the chemistry of this year's club.
Oh, this is not to say Hanson is too easygoing!
The way he hustled and led his team to the high school championship proves he can be a feared talent on the court, while still being as loose as a goose. So when I recently saw him stalk an offensive board and jam it home, it was then I also got the impres sion he's one hungry customer.
"I think so, too," agreed Andrews. "He is very hungry to play and wants to prove it to the people in Kentucky. Coming out of high school he wasn't an Ail-American and didn't get some of the publici ty as a Rex Chapman or Derrick Miller did. He just wants to come out and show the people that he belongs at the University of Ken tucky."
Reggie, whatever you do don't lose that priceless smile!
Watching his teammates from the stands last season, it was ob vious his attitude kept him afloat.
Hanson weathered the Prop 48 storm. And admittedly so, Reg gie Hanson is a better individual for it. He stuck it out and earned a second chance, plus holding onto four years of eligibility at his choice college.
"The most difficult thing was to sit in the stands, watching the team play, because I felt I could help out last year," he remembered.
Meanwhile, he didn't show his feelings. "I'm always happy. If I ever have a problem with anything I really don't let anybody know about it. I don't want to drag anybody else down with my problems:
Hanson's troubled times are behind him.
In regards to the upcoming campaign, he's getting ready to suit up with his teammates instead of worrying about missing a full season. As someone once said, "Time heals all wounds."
Said Hanson, "I'm just waiting my turn."
Hauserman To Remain As Lady Kat Assistant
Assistant coach Cindy Noble Hauserman will remain on the University of Kentucky women's basketball staff for the upcoming season, UK athletics director Cliff Hagan announced July 2.
Hauserman, who served in the same capacity with UK from 1985-87, joins the new Lady Kat basketball staff under Sharon Fanning. Hauserman will resume her duties which include on-the-floor coaching, recruiting, scouting and academics.
"I don't think there is a better person than Cindy in'terms of background and potential as a young coach," Fanning said. "She is a winner, a hard worker and has complete loyalty to Lady Kat basketball."
Hauserman, a native of Clarksburg, Ohio, is a 1983 graduate of the University of Tennessee. She played professional basketball for three years (one in Italy and two in Japan) and represented the United States on the 1979 World University team. 1980 and 1984 Olympic teams, and the 1983 Pan American team.
"I'm tickled to death to be back with the Lady Kats," Hauserman said. "It's rare to keep members of the old staff when a new coach is brought in. But, Coach Fanning took her time in making the selection and I'm glad I was chosen."
Hanson Joins UK's Miller At Festival
Earlier this month Kentucky freshman Reggie Hanson was selected to play basketball at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Chapel Hill, replacing Duke's Alaa Abdulnaby.
Abdulnaby was ruled ineligible because he's not an American citizen. Under international rules, a player must be a citizen for three years if he or she is to play in Olympic basketball.
Hanson, who hasn't played in an organized game in more than a year, scored two points as his South team ousted the West 90-71 (July 18). The South squad, coached by UK's Eddie Sutton, was paced by North Carolina's J.R. Reid (20) and Kentucky's Derrick Miller (14). Miller connected on 6 of 10 shots from the field, including two three-pointers.
Last season Hanson was forced to sit out due to not meeting Proposition 48 guidelines.
At this writing Sutton's South team, 2-0, appeared to be headed into the Gold Medal contest. Following its opening round win, the South defeated the North, 75-66.
In that contest Miller hit on three of seven from the field (seven points) while Hanson was held scoreless, missing on six attempts from the field. The Pulaski County product, however, did pull down four rebounds.
Rob Lock Reinstated lb UK Basketball Squad
University of Kentucky senior-to-be Rob Lock has been reinstated to the Wildcat basketball team following the resolution of a traffic violation in Madison District Court (July 8), according to UK head coach Eddie Sutton
Lock was arrested in Richmond on DUI charges May 27, although under Kentucky law he did not register legally intoxicated on a breathalyzer test.
During an open court appearance on June 19, following a motion filed by his attorney, the charges were amended to "driving contrary to law," which according to Sutton is a "very minor offense."
As a result, Sutton said, no further disciplinary action will be taken.
"Lock said he was "very pleased with the court's ruling.
"It has been a difficult period since many people perceived me to be guilty as a result of the reports of the incident," Lock continued. "I'm happy the court upheld the fact that I was not driving under the influence."
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Burbage Signs Free Agent Contract With Dallas
UK Wide Receiver May Piay Safety In NFL
Cornell Burbage is a hard person to discourage. His easy-going and fun-loving nature has always been of his personality trademark. During his career as a UK wide receiver, Burbage could be seen razzing teammates and trying to inspire Wildcat fans in Commonwealth Stadium by pointing towards the stands after a big play.
But one month ago, after the NFL conducted its annual college draft, Burbage was in a depressed state. Expected to be a middle-to late-round draft choice, the ex-Wildcat receiver's name was never announced by any NFL club.
"It really hurt me," recalls Burbage. "I couldn't talk to anybody.
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I was getting calls all day with people telling me not to worry about it. They were telling me my time will come. After the 12th round was over I was real down.
"I really thought I would get drafted between the sixth and eighth round. But then I started to have my doubts. About 5 o'clock that afternoon I realized I wasn't going to get drafted."
Burbage has since put draft day behind him. Immediately following the draft proceedings, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a
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lucrative free agent contract. Included in the deal was a $10,000 signing bonus which was one of the best free agent contracts a pro football player could ever receive.
"If there would have been a 13th round," said Burbage, "I believe Dallas would have drafted me."
Burbage A Member Of The 'Doomsday Defense'?
Now he must prove himself as a player in front of the Dallas coaching staff. While attending a previous rookie mini-camp, the Cowboy staff positioned the UK speedster at wide receiver. However, if that doesn't pan out then a move to defense will be in order.
"They (staff) told me they are going to give me a shot to play everywhere," said Burbage, who last played on the defensive side of the ball in high school. "That's what I wanted to hear. I feel
confident either playing wide receiver, defense, or any of the speciality teams."
The switch to defense is