Cagers land another recruit for class of ’05

Coach Tommy Amaker and the Michigan basketball program added its
third recruit for the class of 2005, when Kendric Price committed
to the Wolverines yesterday, according to

Price, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Boston, is a friend of
current Michigan center Courtney Sims — a native of
Roslindale, Mass. He will join point guard Jerret Smith of Romulus
and shooting guard Jevohn Shepherd of Toronto in Amaker’s
fifth recruiting class at Michigan.

The Wolverines were joined by Georgia, Purdue, Syracuse and
Vanderbilt — among others — in the contest for
Price’s commitment. Playing at Buckingham Browne &
Nichols School, Price averaged 24 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks
and two assists in his junior season.

Michigan landed just one recruit for the class of 2004: forward
Ronald Coleman. But the Wolverines also have just one senior on its
roster in forward J.C. Mathis.

Price will join a plethora of wingman on the Wolverines,
including Lester Abram, Brent Petway and Coleman.


Hockey starts at top of preseason rankings

Thanks, in no small part, to goaltender Al Montoya’s
decision to return, the Michigan hockey team was highly ranked in
the preseason polls that were released yesterday.

The Wolverines were tabbed the nation’s best team in the preseason poll and landed the No. 2 spot in the USA
Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings behind Boston College
— despite Michigan recording 16 of the poll’s 34
first-place votes.

In the USCHO poll, Michigan received 17 of 40 first-place votes,
and a total of 541 points. Maine, Boston College, Minnesota-Duluth
and North Dakota followed the Wolverines.

The CCHA, as a whole, did not garner too much respect. Michigan
was the only conference team in the top eight of the USCHO poll,
with Michigan State coming in ninth and Ohio State and Miami (Ohio)
settling in at No. 12 and No. 15, respectively.

A similar theme showed in the USA Today rankings, where the
Spartans again were ranked ninth, and Ohio State was the only other
CCHA team at No. 13.

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