When Haywood returned to Detroit, Calihan looked for signs of bigheadedness, but saw something else instead. "His exposure to the Olympics was a great thing for him culturally," Calihan says. "He is very, very proud of his association with the Olympic team and what he did for the U.S. He's a humble person though proud."
Haywood is majoring in radio-TV at Detroit and wants to go into show business eventually, either as an actor or disc jockey, and would try sports announcing. Meanwhile he is dabbling in clothes designing with his best friend, Vernell DeSilva, an art major and basketball teammate who followed him to Detroit from Trinidad. They spend hours together dreaming up men's fashions, Haywood providing ideas and DeSilva putting them down on paper. "We're designing clothes for when we get enough money to buy them," says Haywood, watching DeSilva sketch a pair of bell-bottom slacks. "We keep the patterns and try to sell them to the guys in our dorm." How many have they sold? "Well, er, one so far," says Haywood, grinning.
There is no question that professional basketball will someday provide Spencer with all the money he needs. There is a question, however, that Detroit can survive its rigorous schedule even with Haywood's remarkable individual ability. It must play Marquette and Notre Dame twice each, Dayton, Villanova, Toledo and La Salle. "It would be nice to win," says Haywood, "but I sure wish they would let me dunk."