Ferry coming along after a slow start


Those who came to the Washington Bullets' 108-104 win over Cleveland at the Arena yesterday expecting to see great things from the Cavaliers' Danny Ferry probably left a little disappointed.

"He was all right," said Jim Lacy, who still holds the all-timcareer scoring record at Loyola College, though he scored his 2,199 points in the late '40s.

That's what Ferry was -- all right. He played 17 minutes anscored eight points, making four of 11 shots. But many in the announced crowd of 10,024 expected more from the 6-foot-10 multimillionaire NBA rookie and former Duke All-America. His coach, Lenny Wilkens, is in no way disappointed, though.

"Danny's coming along real good," said Wilkens after the game"Danny's play has picked up just since the All-Star break." (He had 19 points Friday against the Knicks.)

"The first year in the league is an adjustment for all players anit's a little harder for Danny because we have three players out with injuries," Wilkens said. "So he's playing with new people who are in roles they normally wouldn't be in.

"Danny's a hard worker. He's receptive to coaching. He sees thfloor well. I expect him to be a better player over the second half of this season and better yet next year."

Says Ferry: "I have a lot to learn but I feel more comfortable althe time. Playing the year in Italy wasn't the best way to prepare for the NBA but it wasn't the worst either."

* The annual ACC football banquet at the Omni over the weekend was one of the classiest sports dinners ever staged here. Crown Central's Henry Rosenberg, who chaired the affair, is eager to keep it in Baltimore. Those who had attended previous ACC awards dinners in South Carolina (the first 37 were held there) said the Baltimore production was a dramatic improvement.

The ACC still may not seem like a football conference, bucommissioner Gene Corrigan pointed out that the league is the only one in the country that has produced two national champions in the last 11 years (Georgia Tech and Clemson). And in the first year of the ACC's existence (1953) the national champion was Maryland.

* Loyola High football coach Joe Brune, who coached Virginia'Bruce McGonnigal in high school, was asked if McGonnigal will play in the NFL next year. Brune said he asked former City College coach Bob Terpening, who's now personnel man with the Colts, for an assessment, and Terpening said "he has to gain weight." He's 220 now. The NFL likes tight ends to be at least 240, but McGonnigal has great hands.

* Baltimore lost one of its all-time best soccer players when RaMcFaul died last month at 71.

McFaul, who weighed only 140 pounds, came back from WorlWar II and led the Baltimore Americans to the American Soccer League championship in 1946. McFaul was the league's Most Valuable Player.

The best soccer in the country in those days was played in thaleague by teams from up and down the East Coast. Many players were European-born but the East Baltimore boys beat 'em all.

* Al McGuire has to be kidding when he says America won't withe Olympic gold in basketball next year and that two or three teams could beat the U.S. Al must have been going for shock value and publicity.

The current Sports Illustrated cover showing what could be oustarting Olympic five -- Charles Barkley, Pat Ewing, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson -- is an awesome collection of talent but not necessarily a winning combination. You'd need at least two basketballs for that lineup. Coach Chuck Daly knows that and will pick some players who are willing to sacrifice.

* The anonymous caller who phoned here to say this column icomparing Tracy Bergan with Loyola College's best all-time guards overlooked the man who was the best -- Bobby Connor -- made a good point. Connor, class of '71, truly was one of the Greyhounds' best. No doubt others would pick him over Bergan, although Tracy has two more years left.

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