Congratulations on the article Next Year's Stars Are Here (Feb. 6). It shows all of us college basketball fans what to expect next year and in the years to come. As for Calvin Murphy he is, as some say, King of the Earth.
We have no arguments with Curry Kirkpatrick's lavish praise of Niagara freshman Calvin Murphy. His credentials are unquestionable. But it was nevertheless disheartening to find no mention of Syracuse's Ernie Austin. A nephew of Boston College All-America John Austin, Ernie is merely shattering the great Dave Bing's freshman scoring records while leading the Orange frosh through the first three quarters of their schedule undefeated.
Finally, if the Syracuse varsity is not No. 1 in the East right now, they can't miss next year with four returning starters and Austin.
BOB SCHACHTER III
We at Columbia are both bewildered and dismayed at your failure to include any discussion of Jim McMillan, the best basketball player to enter the Ivies since Bill Bradley. McMillan's brand of play and his expertise at all facets of the game are especially reminiscent of Cazzie Russell.
In response to your claim that John Hummer and Jeff Petrie will continue Princeton's leadership in the Ivy League, we merely suggest that it is highly debatable.
New York City
You failed to mention Mike Maloy of Davidson. Although only 17 years old, Mike is leading the Davidson freshman team to an undefeated season. If this does not convince you, perhaps the fact that Mr. Maloy can dunk two basketballs at the same time will!
Rock Hill, S.C.
George Plimpton's story, Zero On the Tour (Jan. 30 et seq.), is very entertaining reading, as was his earlier series describing his play with the Detroit Lions. I suggest that his next venture be concerned with becoming the starting goalie for the New York Rangers in one of their preseason games.
George's description of the golfing expressions used by the pros was the highlight of this series.
On behalf of The Friends of Jim Grelle, whose number includes nearly two million in Oregon and countless others elsewhere, I must protest Gwilym Brown's flippant reference to "30-year-old Jim Grelle, who hopes to become a winner at two miles after a decade of losing at one" (A Few High Flyers, Jan. 30).
Surely one as knowledgeable in track affairs as Brown should not resort to such fast, sophisticated verbiage. Jim Grelle's career is already chronicled as among the finest in track history, and SI has recognized this. While there are particular races he has not won, he has established a record for consistency unparalleled in American distance running, and no one who has observed him can ever say he hasn't been a winner.
JOHN D. BURNS