LAST SEASON: 30-5; lost to Duke in NCAA final eight.
GOODBYE TO: f Vernon Butler (16.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg); g Kylor Whitaker.
SUPPORTING CAST: c David Robinson (22.7 ppg, 13.0 rpg).
INTRODUCING: 6'8" freshman Byron Hopkins.
SEE YOU IN THE SUPERDOME IF: Team gets enough outside shooting to keep quadruple-team zones off Robinson.
David Robinson is the biggest man on Navy's—or anyone else's—campus this season. So who did the Midshipmen elect to wear three stripes as their team captain? Doug Wojcik. That's because without Wojcik, Robinson would merely be the best center in college basketball. With Wojcik, Robinson is the center on one of the better teams in college basketball.
"He makes very good decisions," says first-year head coach Pete Herrmann about his 6'1" senior point guard. "He gets the ball to the right man." Take three guesses who that might be. "I look for David every time down the floor," says Wojcik.
Robinson may be Navy's Top Gun, but someone has to feed him the ammunition. For the past two seasons Wojcik has done just that, averaging 7.2 assists per game. And he's proud of it. When he looked at a ranking of the nation's top assist men for 1985-86 recently, he was disappointed that he wasn't on it. "Look at that," he said. "They stopped at 7.3."
After leading his Wheeling (W.Va.) Catholic Central team to a state championship, Wojcik "got plenty of letters but no offers. Navy didn't contact me, I contacted them." After a year on the undefeated jayvee team, he won the Middies' point guard job as a sophomore. That was 56 victories ago.
So are we talking about another Cousy? Another Isiah? No, more like another Krzyzewski. " Mike Krzyzewski was in the military, served his time, got out, coached at [ West Point] and then became head man at Duke. That's what I want to do," says Wojcik.