McGuire's capsule assessment of his team is, "About all we need is to have a couple more players get their ears pierced."
19 ARIZONA STATE
An art professor pondered the nude models in his life drawing class at Tempe recently and announced that it is "easier to make a rounded shape than a straight line." He also said he prefers not to advertise for models because "creeps lurk around the halls trying to peek in."
There is now another round shape to attract lurkers at Arizona State—the new University Activity Center where the Sun Devils, only about half nude, will be blazing on the fast break and playing "bluff, jump and fire" defense. So says Coach Ned Wulk, who saved his job two years ago by winning the WAC in an upset, then almost won again last season despite a break slowed down by a front line weighing almost 700 pounds.
The new arena is in large part a Wulk design and so is this year's team, being more lithe and capable of getting up and down the floor faster than the average Mack truck.
In Lionel (Train) Hollins, a 6'3" Lenny Wilkens type, ASU probably has the most complete player in the league. After an apprenticeship in Dixie JC in Utah, Hollins was supposed to have been the first black to play on the varsity at Brigham Young. Instead he chose ASU, where he averaged 17 points a game and impressed everyone with his smoothness and guile.
Completing the starting backcourt will be Rudy White, who sat out last season with lacerations on his shooting arm, or Mike Moon, who missed some of it with lacerations of the ego. Moon sat down until poor grades benched the man ahead of him. Then he had to play, and he averaged almost 10 points a game in the WAC. In preseason practice White was beating Hollins one-on-one. That means he is recovered enough to duplicate his outstanding sophomore season. That means Moon is blue. And that means ASU foes are in trouble.
Up front Wulk has problems, most notably the lack of a true shooting forward. Gary Jackson from Brooklyn looked like a star as a freshman, then faltered last winter. He is the team's best passer and offensive rebounder, but he lacks consistency. The other cornerman is apt to be slim Jack Schrader. These two combined for only nine points a game last year.
With an outstanding backcourt and untested forwards tending to cancel each other out, the key to ASU will be in the middle, where Scott Lloyd, a massive 6'10", 230-pound local boy, will be depended on to make good. Lloyd played behind an all-senior front line last year until laic in the season, when he showed rapid improvement and destroyed Arizona's Bob Elliott in the final game. Wulk prays Lloyd stays healthy because behind him is only a lamb. John Lamb, to be precise, all 6'9", 175 pounds of him. And the pivot is one place where it is definitely better to have a round shape lurking than a straight line.
20 BOSTON COLLEGE